Author of "Crip Kinship" Dr. Shayda Kafai to visit M.A. in Critical Studies Program

January 19, 2022

On January 31, Dr. Shayda Kafai, author of Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022), will join the MA in Critical Studies program to discuss her book, as well as its implications for art activism and disability justice.

Book Description:

Crip Kinship explores the art activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project, and its radical imaginings of what disabled, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming bodyminds of colour can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gift us with transformational lessons for our collective survival.

Grounded in the disability justice framework, Crip Kinship investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer of colour community offers to all our bodyminds. From their focus on crip beauty and sexuality to manifesting digital kinship networks and crip-centric liberated zones, Sins Invalid empowers and moves us toward generating our collective liberation from our bodyminds outward.

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Shayda Kafai is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, Mad, femme of colour, she commits to enacting the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from intersecting systems of oppression. She lives in Pomona, California with her wife, Amy.