COMPOSTING #38: Crip Futures

Crip theories, critical access studies, and critical disability studies challenge normative ideas of time, place and “liveability.” Interrogating the intersection of “healthy” environments, body normativities, race, and the neoliberal economization of life, this week’s readings invite us to consider different kinds of futures at the so-called end of the world.

Lead Composter: Astrida Neimanis

When: Tuesday 13 August, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Where: SOPHI Common Room (Rm 822 Brennan MacCallum Building A18), University of Sydney


Alison Kafer, “Time for Disability Studies and a Future for Crips” in Feminist Crip Queer. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2013.

Katerina Bryant, “The ‘Future’ of Disability” Overland 2 August 2018

Aimi Hamraie, “Enlivened city: Inclusive design, biopolitics, and the philosophy of LiveabilityBuilt Environment, 1 March 2018, Vol.44(1), pp.77-104



Robert McRuer, “Crip” in K. Fritsch, Ed. Keywords for Radicals, AK Press, 2016.

Sami Shalk, “The Future of Bodyminds, Bodyminds of the Future” from Bodyminds Reimagined. Duke UP, 2018.

Aimi Hamraie, “Beyond Accommodation: Disability, Feminist Philosophy, and the Design of Everyday Life” philoSOPHIA Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2016, pp. 259-271.

Katerina Bryant, “What is Illness/Where is Illness” Meanjin, Nov 21 2018.


As always: 
BYOM (Bring your own mug – I will supply tea!)
BASTS (Bring a snack to share. We love eating!)
CWAQ (Come with a question! As always we will launch the session by going around the table to hear from everyone who would like to share)

The COMPOSTING reading group is open to bodies of all genders, professions, and walks of life, including but not limited to academics, postgrad students, undergrads, artists, poets, activists, grandmas, multispecies companions, and the odd ghost. We are an inclusive intersectional feminist space, and together we are figuring out what that means, in practice.

*The SOPHI Common Room is accessible by elevator from the main entrance to Brennan McCallum Building on Manning Road (this entrance is already on floor 3). Enter, turn left to reach the lifts, then take the lift to the 8th floor of Brennan. Exit the elevator, and the SOPHI Common Room (822) is straight ahead. There is an accessible toilet beside the elevators on the 8th floor. 

If you have any other questions about accessibility, or anything else that would better facilitate your participation in the group, please contact Astrida at

Feature Image: Tagosaku, “Tactile Paving Machida Station (Odakyu-Line)” Creative Commons Licence:



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