Below is the English translation of the Press Release for the Tanis Doe Award. I have posted it here because doing so affords me the opportunity to publicly express my gratitude to the CDSA-ACEI for this generous recognition of my academic and community work and to my colleagues Kelly Fritsch and Jay Dolmage for their support of and enthusiasm about my work.
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Dr. Shelley Tremain and Laurence Parent win Tanis Doe Awards for fostering Disability Studies and Culture
The Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Etudes sur l’Incapacite is very pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Tanis Doe Award.
The CDSA-ACEI Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture honours an individual who dares to “speak the unspeakable” in advancing the study and culture of disability, and who has enriched through research, teaching, or activism, the lives of Canadians with disabilities. This designation was first awarded in 2009 and the Francophone Tanis Doe Prix, endowed by the Universite Saint-Bonaface, was first awarded in 2014 and honours an individual who cultivates disability studies and culture in Francophone community in Canada. This award is named for the activist and professor Tanis Doe who passed away in 2004. The CDSA-ACEI is grateful for the support and permission of Tanis’s family to honour her achievements in Disability Studies with this award. To learn more about Tanis Doe, please visit: http://english.cdsa-acei.ca/student-awards/tanis-doe-award/.
This year we recognize the roles and accomplishments of Dr. Shelley Tremain and Laurence Parent.
Shelley Tremain holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from York University, where she wrote a doctoral dissertation on disability and Anglo-American theories of justice. Shelley has taught at University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Sydney, Wilfrid Laurier, and The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has published widely on philosophy of disability, ableism in feminist philosophy, Foucault, racism, accessibility, genetic technologies, and bioethics and is the editor of Foucault and the Government of Disability (The University of Michigan Press, 2005; 2015). Her monograph Foucault and A Feminist Philosophy of Disability is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. In 1997-98, Shelley was the Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow at UC-Berkeley and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, CA. From 1998-2002, she was a Research Associate and Principal Investigator at The Roeher Institute in Toronto, Canada’s national policy research institute to promote the human rights of disabled people.
Shelley has written and produced community-radio programming on disabled women, curated a multidisciplinary exhibition of visual art, spoken word, and writing by disabled lesbians and two-spirited women for A Space Gallery in Toronto, was featured in the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) exhibit "Pride & Prejudice: Three Decades of LGBT Community Organizing," and has been inducted into the National Portrait Collection of the CLGA. From 2013-2014, Shelley worked as the Disability and Accessibility Administrator at St. Joseph Immigrant Women's Centre (IWC) in Hamilton. Shelley is a coordinator of and contributor to the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog, where she posts “Dialogues on Disability,” the very popular series of interviews that she is conducting with disabled philosophers.
In their nomination letter, Jay Dolmage and Kelly Fritsch write, “Dr. Shelley Tremain has undoubtedly marked the field of disability studies and feminist philosophy of disability in multiple exciting and important ways. She opened up some of the first philosophically grounded critiques of the social model, ultimately “speaking the unspeakable,” and dramatically reshaping disability studies in Canada and abroad. […] An activist for improved access for disabled philosophers in the academy, and additionally working outside of the academy to improve the lives of disabled people in her communities, Dr. Shelley Tremain embodies the ethos of the Tanis Doe Award.”
Laurence Parent is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia University. She holds an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives in Montréal and is passionate about disability activism, disability history and mobility. In addition to having co-founded Quebec accessible, she has been active in various disability organizations in the past decade. She is currently one of the coordinators of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group based at Concordia University. Laurence's doctoral research examines what is means to wheel and walk from a disability perspective. She conducted wheeling interviews with disabled people living in Montreal and in New York City. Laurence engages with the use of mobile media technologies enabling the creation of new methods for the critical study of ableism. She uses small and portable cameras, such as her smart phone and GoPro cameras, to make short films about her everyday experiences. Her first documentary film Je me souviens: Excluded from the Montréal subway since 1966 has won the Emerging Artist award at the 2010 International Disability Film Festival in Berkeley.
Laurence’s academic and art work has featured in numerous conferences and exhibitions in Canada, the United States and England. She has also given guest lectures in all four Montreal universities. As a Francophone working in a field that is still predominantly Anglophone, Laurence has been shocked to realize how little literature in critical disability studies is available to Francophones. She is committed to the advance of critical disability studies within Francophone academic spheres as well as within the Francophone disability community.
In her nomination letter, Catherine Duchastel de Montrouge writes, “Laurence’s political activism and artistic research are making it possible for other disabled people in Quebec to find their voices and see themselves represented in media and culture. For Francophone disabled scholars, researchers and activists, Laurence’s presence in critical disability studies and activism inspires us (in the best sense of that word) and makes it possible for us to imagine ourselves as part of the changing landscape of disability rights in Canada, not just as the French-speaking representatives of a Canadian movement that will not affect us in Quebec, but also for ourselves, in the context of Quebec society and the French language in North America.”
Please join us in recognizing the 2016 Tanis Doe Award recipients at Energizing Communities, CDSA-ACEI’s conference at the Congress of Social Sciences at the Humanities, May 28-30, 2016.
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