Drawing together insights from disability theory, literary studies, and interdisciplinary pain studies, Lau’s lecture contributes to what Alyson Patsavas has called “cripistemologies of pain” that prompt us to think from the position of pained lived experience to imagine radically different models of care that move beyond the reductive binary of either amelioration or annihilation of pain. Can we theorize a standpoint (or what Rosemarie Garland-Thomson has called “sitpoint”) theory of pain that attends to its crip and queer chronicities while also working toward new forms of care and interdependence?
Travis Chi Wing Lau’s research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, health humanities, and disability studies. Alongside his scholarship, Lau frequently writes for venues of public scholarship like Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities, Lapham’s Quarterly, Public Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. His poetry has appeared in Barren Magazine, Wordgathering, Glass, South Carolina Review, Foglifter, and The New Engagement, as well as in two chapbooks, The Bone Setter (Damaged Goods Press, 2019) and Paring (Finishing Line Press, 2020 forthcoming).
Cosponsored by the IHC’s Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group and UCSB’s Early Modern Center