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March 2021

Research Focus Group Roundtable: Disability Justice Conversation

March 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Disability Studies RFG

REGISTER HERE Join Gary White, UCSB's Disabled Students Program, Eric Kruger, UCSB's Disabled Students Program, Afiya Browne, UCSB's Multicultural Center, Sam del Castillo, Graduate Division and graduate student, and Shanna Killeen, Disability Studies Initiative RFG, for a conversation about accessibility and intersectional justice. This conversation will discuss information, tools, and resources for creating intentional and accessible spaces and community engagement. This conversation also aims to help us think through what this moment of remote work means for our communities. How do graduate students navigate access in an already inaccessible world? Our hope is to have an impactful conversation about resources and accessibility as a foundation and not an add on, and to help us imagine how creating accessible spaces benefits us all. Sponsored by the IHC's Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group, Muticultural Center, Graduate Center for Literary Research, Graduate

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Research Focus Group Talk: Kings and Cripples in the Arthurian World
Christopher Baswell

March 5, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Zoom meeting link: While the lived reality of disability in the Middle Ages was surely a wretched one, at the same time we encounter persistent associations between disabled and royal or aristocratic bodies in medieval culture, its imagery and narratives. Nowhere is this truer than in the Arthurian world, at whose core there lies a powerful but immobile figure, the Rich Fisher King. This talk looks at such linkage through Arthurian texts and illustrated manuscripts, especially the vast Lancelot Prose Cycle. Christopher Baswell is the Acting Chair of the Department of English and the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English at Barnard College. He is also Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Cosponsored by the IHC's Disability Studies Initiative Research Focus Group and the UCSB English Department Early Modern Center Zoom meeting link:

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Research Focus Group Talk: Cannabis and South Asia
Utathya Chattopadhyaya

March 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Zoom meeting link: Historical scholarship now conceives empire as a webbed uneven field of power relations and a multispecies enterprise. In other words, the anxious and breathless struggle of European imperialism to sustain itself subjected human, plant, animal, and insect bodies to its ambition to govern through logics of colonial difference. This paper argues that the cannabis plant in South Asia, in the nineteenth century, while being a subject of British revenue systems transformed into a race-d and gendered mode of explaining anticolonial insurgency by South Asian rebels. The intoxicating substance of the plant, in the discursive logic of empire, was seen to vitiate Asian bodies against European power. Cannabis also animated other imperial operations like the delegitimization of Indian sovereignty. Using the expansive reach of imperial periodical culture in the nineteenth century, this paper highlights the Asian and

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