Shayda Kafai With Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Discuss “Crip Kinship”

December 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Online (see listing)

Join us to learn more about the essential art-activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project. Registration required. Click >here to register.

About the Book
In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.

The concept of “bodymind” is an approach to understanding the relationship between the human body and mind, where they are seen as a single integrated unit.

“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 color can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gift us with transformational lessons for our collective survival.

Grounded in their Disability Justice framework, “Crip Kinship” investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer of color 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.

About the speakers
Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, disabled, Mad femme of color, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates. Her writing and speaking presentations focus on intersectional body politics, particularly on how bodies are constructed and how they hold the capacity for rebellion.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (she/they) is a disabled, autistic nonbinary femme writer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The author or co-editor of nine books, including (co-edited with Ejeris Dixon) Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice and Dirty River, their work has won the Lambda and been shortlisted five times for the Publishing Triangle Awards. A lead artist with Sins Invalid since 2009, they are the 2020 winner of the Jeanne Cordova Prize for Lesbian and Queer Nonfiction and a 2020 Disability Futures Fellow.

About the event
The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. There will be ASL interpretation and CART transcription for the program. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL’s YouTube channel after the event.

View in Catalog: Crip Kinship by Shayda Kafai

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