Crip Anthropology: Ethnographies of Disability

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Crip Anthropology
Spring 2024
Taught By: Clara Beccaro
Section: A

CRN: 14817

Credits: 4

What can anthropology teach us about disability? Is there such a thing as “crip” anthropology? If so, what does it entail? Can disability become an ethnographic method? In this seminar, we will collectively strive to find answers to these questions. To begin with, we will take an anthropological lens to critically examine what the category of “disability” is and what it produces. We will explore whether disability is an identity, a condition, or a position; the kinds of impairments that count as disabilities and according to what social, medical and political forces; the structural relations between race, gender, class, and disability; disability justice; as well as the politics of injury and illness. Through this concept work, we will consider different models of disability and the possibilities that evaluating them through an anthropological perspective may afford. In the second part of this course, we will discuss how disability might allow us to conceptualize differently our ethnographic projects. We will ask and experiment with questions such as: what are “normal” research practices? Why, and what expectations about the field inform them? Can disability disrupt “normal” fieldwork methods? How, and in what ways? This course will include practice-based exercises and students will be encouraged to develop their own work via a mix of writing and other multimedia projects.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (ANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:14am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1107
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/15/2024