Today’s episode is about cyborgs with Ashley Shew and Jillian Weise. Ashley is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Science, Technology, and Society department and her current work centers on the idea of technoableism, a critical lens to narratives about technology and disability. Jillian is a poet, performance artist and disability rights activist. Jillian has written about being a cyborg for Granta and the New York Times. The three of us share our shared identities as cyborgs and what that means to us. You’ll also learn more about tryborgs and technoableism and how they relate to disabled people.
Ashley Shew. (April 23, 2019). Stop Depicting Technology As Redeeming Disabled People. Nursing Clio.
Ashley Shew. (July 27, 2017). Finding My Amputee Brethren. Nursing Clio.
Ashley Shew. (2017). Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge (Postphenomenology and the Philosophy of Technology). Lexington Books.
SiliconRepublic. (January 16, 2019). ‘Many non-disabled people who work in disability consider themselves experts.’
Jillian Weise. (2019). Cyborg Detective. BOA Editions.
Jillian Weise. (September 24, 2018). Common Cyborg, Granta
Jillian Weise. (2017). The Amputee’s Guide to Sex. Soft Skull Press.
Jillian Weise. (November 30, 2016). The Dawn of the Tryborg, NYT
Ashley Shew serves as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Science, Technology, and Society department. She is author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge (2017) and co-editor of Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology (2017). Her current work centers on the idea of technoableism and takes a critical lens to narratives about technology and disability.
Jillian Weise is a poet, performance artist and disability rights activist. Weise has written about being a cyborg for Granta and the NYT. Her books include The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007), The Colony (2010) and The Book of Goodbyes (2013). She performs as the fictional character Tipsy Tullivan for a web series on YouTube. The series has been cited by BOMB, Electric Lit and Inside Higher Ed. Weise’s next book, Cyborg Detective, out this fall from BOA Editions, includes a poem called “Attack List.” The poem collects all international headlines that involve the phrase “disabled woman.” The poem updates and continues here on Twitter.
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Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
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