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WEDNESDAY, October 24, 12:30 pm: Sharon S. Marie, “For Love or Money: Negotiating Relationality in Hà Nội Sign Language Interpreting”


Sharon S. Marie

PhD candidate, UChicago

Department of Comparative Human Development

For Love or Money: Negotiating Relationality in  Nội Sign Language Interpreting

Saieh Hall, Room 103

October 24th, 12:30-1:50

Light lunch will be provided

Abstract: What does it mean to love disabled people, and what does it mean to provide services out of love? In disability studies, love has often treated critically, with scholars excavating the way claims of loving disabled people carry connotations of pity, desire to save people, or paint disabled people as an undifferentiated other. Yet in Hà Nội, Việt Nam, one of the primary expectations Deaf people have for sign language interpreters is that they demonstrate love for Deaf people. In this presentation, I explore what the imperative to love Deaf people means and the types of relationality it affords, situating love for Deaf people within other discourses of love in Việt Nam. I also examine how interpreters express love for Deaf people in changing economic conditions.


There is no advance reading for this presentation.  This is a work in progress, so please come prepared for a thoughtful discussion to offer Sharon constructive critical feedback.

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All Disability Studies Workshop events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events this quarter will be hosted in Saieh Hall, Room 103.  (Returning participants, please note the new location!) Saieh 103 wheelchair accessible, though for navigational purposes, please note that it is on the west side of the building, down a long hallway (with a somewhat uneven tiled surface) from the accessible front entrance. An overall campus map is available here, and one focused on accessible entrances and exits to Saieh Hall is here. We are committed to making the workshop accessible; if there are accommodations that would be of use to you, please contact or


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Neoliberal Geographies of Disability Debtscapes: Microfinanance and Non-Normative Embodiment in India

Dr. Vandana Chaudhry

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Disability Studies

City University of New York, College of Staten Island

October 10th, 12:30-1:50

Saieh Hall, Room 103

Light lunch will be provided.


In this article, Dr. Chaudhry examines the contradictory effects of solidarity lending from a non-normative perspective of disability embodiment, a perspective that has remained overlooked within scholarship pertaining to microfinance in geography and social sciences more broadly. Based on a multi-year ethnographic study of World Bank disability-oriented self-help group projects in rural South India, she shows how neoliberal governmentality operates by shaping rural spatiality, sociality and disabled people’s subjectivities in the interests of the market. Foregrounding understandings of disability as a spatial-relational construct, she makes sense of disabled people’s experiences as they navigate relational landscapes imbued with financialization. Finally, Dr. Chaudhry concludes by showing how disabled people challenge financialization through disrupting the neoliberal ethics of entrepreneurial subjectivity and creating new, multi-scalar configurations of political claims, solidarities, and radical dependencies.



Fall 2018

We are pleased to  announce that we have extended the deadline for proposal submissions for the Fall Quarter to 3rd October 2018. . We would be excited to hear back from you!

Please indicate in your submission the following-

1)     A Title

2)     A brief write-up or abstract of 200-300 words describing your work

3)     An indication of type of submission (Article, paper, book chapter, conference paper, etc.)

Proposals can be submitted to both the workshop co-coordinators- Matt Borus ( and Shruti Vaidya ( Please get in touch with Matt  and/or Shruti if you have any questions concerning the workshop. Both of us would be happy to discuss how your work fits in with the workshop and its objectives.