Love and Disability Otherworlds in Urban India

12-1:15 pm

Giddings House 212, Department of Anthropology

Friedner considers disability studies scholars' investment in "the social" as a site of rehabilitation and recuperation in order to argue that "anonymous love" (inspired by Stevenson's work on anonymous care) is the modality through which the public often engages with disability. Through analyzing two specific (re)presentations of disability that have recently circulated in the media, Friedner explores how disability in modern India is associated with a publicity—or social presence—animated by love, and she thus argues for the limits of "the social" in disability analysis. She then turns to deaf churches as offering an analytical and empirical space to consider what other forms of engagement might emerge when we include the otherworldly in our analysis of disability worlds, perhaps including how the otherworldly animates "the social" as a concept differently.