The reading group is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19. However, we recently conducted a virtual conference in collaboration with SOAS Crip Feminist reading group on 6th and 13th June, 2020. The conference recordings and video podcasts are now available online with transcripts and captions. Please visit the Criposium webpage and follow Twitter @criposium for further information.

UPDATE: The orrganisers currently do not have access to the reading group email account and therefore are unable to send out mailing lists or reply to emails. If you wish to get in touch please use the contact form or email christina.lee@kcl.ac.uk. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Disability+Intersectionality is a fortnightly reading group where we meet to discuss key texts in critical disability studies, situating them within the broader context of the humanities and social sciences. Each session will focus on a theme and explore how disability intersects with categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book. It would be great to see you even if you have not had a chance to complete the readings.

Times and Location

Meetings take place fortnightly on Tuesdays from 5.30-7pm at King’s College London, Virginia Woolf Building, Room 6.01, 22 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6LE. There are no meetings during Reading Week from 28th October to 1st November.


The building is fully accessible. The room is on the 6th floor, accessible via lifts, and there is an accessible toilet on the same floor. Please see map and access information on AccessAble. If you have additional access requirements, or if you would like someone to meet you at the entrance, please let us know by email.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend in person, but would still like to participate via Skype, please send in your Skype ID in advance.

For copies of the readings in pdf or in accessible formats please email disabilityintersectionality@gmail.com.

Schedule + Readings

We aim to update the reading list with final readings 1-2 weeks before each session.

Disability + Care Work – 1st October

  • Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson and Jen Cellio, ‘Introduction’, Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge (Syracuse University Press 2011), pp. 1-15. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1j1vzh7
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, ‘A Modest Proposal For A Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy’, in Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), pp. 136-148.

Disability + Technology – 15th October

Disability + Biopolitics – 5th November
(in conversation with Robin Craig, PhD student at Roehampton University & Chair of Trans Studies Network UK)

Disability + Theatre – 19th Novemberr

  • Thomas Fahy, ‘Peering Behind the Curtain: An Introduction’ In: Peering Behind the Curtain: Disability, Illness, and the Extraordinary Body in Contemporary Theatre (New York and London: Routledge, 2002)
  • Carrie Sandahl, ‘From the Streets to the Stage: Disability and the Performing Arts’, PMLA2 (2002)
  • Kirsty Johnston, ‘Grafting Orchids and Ugly: Theatre, Disability and Arts-Based Health Research’, Journal of Medical Humanities 4 (2010)

Disability + Mad Pride – 10th December

For readings from previous meetings in 2018/19 please email for access.

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