ACE Seminar Series: Health, Disablement, Environmental Racism and State Violence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: York University, Health, Nursing, Environmental Studies Building (HNES)  Room 140
  • Address: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada (map)
  • All Ages: Yes
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Scent-free, ASL Interpretation, Gender-neutral Washrooms

ASL interpretation will be provided

Date: March 11th Time: 2:30-4:00pm Location: Room 140, Health, Nursing, Environmental Studies Building (HNES) This venue is wheelchair accessible. Accessible and gender neutral washrooms are located on the same floor. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Participants: Kim Abis, Rachel Gorman, Nadia Kanani and Krysta Williams Chair: Jin Haritaworn Organizers: Nadia Kanani and Accessibility, Community and Equity (ACE)

Disability is rarely treated as an important issue in environmental studies. Yet, resource extraction and other forms of environmental violence are clearly disabling. They must further be understood in conjunction with settler colonialism and imperialism, and the regimes of exploitation and dispossession that have arisen in their architectures. This seminar places into conversation key themes including health, disability, disablement, environmental racism, state violence and reproductive justice.

Kim Abis is a member of the Revolutionary Student Movement. Kim will discuss disaster imperialism, climate injustice, disablement and anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist responses in the context of Philippines.

Rachel Gorman is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Disability Studies program at York. Rachel will discuss mental health campaigns, climates of distress, and paramilitary terror.

Krysta Williams is the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Krysta will discuss the Native Youth Sexual Health Network’s organizing around Line 9, environmental violence, and reproductive justice.

Nadia Kanani is a student in the graduate program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, and community organizer. Nadia will introduce the panel conversation and will discuss state violence, histories of migrant labour and disablement.

Sponsored by: CUPE 3903 and the York University Accessibility Fund

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