"Car le monde est à créer": Disability's Worldmaking, Pasts and Futures

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalEsprit Createur
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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Instead, here, their artistic collaboration serves as an invitation to reimagine disability as a creative, collaborative, and dynamic transformation of artistic and embodied ideals. Such ideals are disrupted and evolve thanks especially to the many ways disabilities and their interaction shaped how these two artists lived in and imagined the world—and produced art.3This themed issue of L’Esprit Créateur, “Disability’s Worldmaking: Pasts and Futures,” explores the interdisciplinary field of French disability studies in a collaborative effort to reimagine a world, not just with disability in it (because of course disability is in it!) but wherein the temporalities, inventiveness, and relationships that it both requires and desires give rise to new forms and connections, expanding and multiplying meanings and relational possibilities for everyone. This issue thus takes its impetus from Joë Bousquet’s insistent reminder, “le monde est à créer.”4 Begun in April 2020 with Jennifer Row, this issue is one element of “Dreaming Up the Change Disability Makes,” a collaborative project funded by the Arts, Design and Humanities Imagine Chairship to build programming in Critical Disability Studies at the University of Minnesota. This grant also afforded the opportunity to develop and teach together an intercampus course in French Disability Studies (in French) in the fall of 2020. To develop and co-teach this course with Jennie, particularly in this time of pursuits more solitary than ever, was nothing short of magical—a time of discovery, sustained interdependence, and joy.

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