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March MAP Presentation Series

Fri., Mar. 1, 2019 3:30 p.m. - Fri., Mar. 1, 2019 4:30 p.m.

Location: Education Building Room 113

Necessary Interruptions: Disability and the Problems of “Giving Voice”

Dr. Chelsea Jones (Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow in VOICE Lab)


Dr. Chelsea Temple Jones critically attends to the politics and practices of “giving voice” in the VOICE (Vocally Oriented Investigation in Creative Expression) Lab at the University of Regina. A Disability Studies researcher trained in the area of Communication and Culture (Ryerson and York Universities), she is the Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculties of Media, Art, and Performance and Social Work. Both her doctoral and present work focuses on the relational realities of research experiences, situating such experiences in a cultural history of the subject category of intellectual disability, in particular. With the understanding that disabled people’s place in research is continually taken up as both familiar and unfamiliar, Dr. Jones gathers phenomenological reflections on community-based research processes that involve people labeled as vulnerable, incompetent, disabled and—increasingly—“voiceless.” Dr. Jones uses lyric inquiry as an entry point toward understanding ableist and colonial expectations behind “giving voice,” noticing the uncomfortable and sometimes unresolvable moments where “voice” usurped, missed, or lost when dominant populations fail to listen. Her work, informed by her Master's Degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University, spotlights her own privileged positioning as a non-disabled scholar doing research alongside disabled people. Dr. Jones is also an award-winning journalist, and she carries a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina. Alongside her writing and research, Dr. Jones also teaches Research Methods in Disability Studies research at Ryerson University's School of Disability Studies. She splits her time between Regina and Toronto.

Admission is free.

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