SENSORY FUTURES talk at Center for International Social Science Research with Michele Friedner

Michele Ilana Friedner will join the Center for International Social Science Research at the University of Chicago for a presentation on her new book, SENSORY FUTURES, on Thursday, September 29.
  • SENSORY FUTURES talk at Center for International Social Science Research with Michele Friedner
  • 2022-09-29T16:00:00-05:00
  • 2022-09-29T16:00:00-05:00
  • Michele Ilana Friedner will join the Center for International Social Science Research at the University of Chicago for a presentation on her new book, SENSORY FUTURES, on Thursday, September 29.
When Sep 29, 2022
from 16:00 PM to 16:00 PM
Where University of Chicago Franke Institute, 1100 East 57th Street JRL S-102
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Revealing inequalities and sensory hierarchies embedded in the latest medical technologies and global biotechnical markets

Michele Ilana Friedner will join the Center for International Social Science Research at the University of Chicago for a presentation on her new book, Sensory Futures: Deafness and Cochlear Implant Infrastructures in India, on Thursday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. 

Please register in advance for the event here. (Free and open to the public.)

Sensory Futures explores deaf people’s desires to create habitable worlds, grappling with their futures amid a surge in biotechnical interventions and disability rights activism. With implications for a broad range of disability experiences, this sensitive, in-depth research focuses on the specific experiences of deaf people, both children and adults, and the structural, political, and social possibilities biotechnological and social “cures” offer.

"Michele Friedner’s book is a gem—I can’t think of anything else like it. Scaling from the pronunciation of 's' by a deaf American child who will someday become an ethnographer to Indian state partnerships with biotech corporations, we encounter many ways to be hearing and deaf. And we see this communicative abundance whittled away by repressive transnational infrastructures as well as local rules, tests, and disability bureaucracies. To my mind, Sensory Futures is the union of medical anthropology, STS, and disability studies at its finest." —Mara Mills, cofounder and codirector, NYU Center for Disability Studies

"Sensory Futures compels us to question what it means to live with disability as an ongoing process of becoming. Michele Friedner excels at describing the everyday demands of disability and normality in India. Engaging, insightful, and careful, this extraordinary book spotlights the reshaping of state power and technological promise through the everyday intimacies of multisensory life." —Harris Solomon, author of Lifelines: The Traffic of Trauma