QUEER SILENCE virtual event with UMichigan DISCO Digital Accessible Futures Lab and J. Logan Smilges

J. Logan Smilges will join the DISCO Network at the University of Michigan for "Queer Silence: Rhetorical Quieting and an Erotics of Absence," a virtual conversation with Remi Yergeau and David Adelman, on Wednesday, January 25.
When Jan 25, 2023
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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Championing the liberatory potential of silence to address the fraught disability politics of queernessJ. Logan Smilges, author of Queer Silence: On Disabilityh and Rhetorical Absence, will join the DISCO Network at the University of Michigan for "Queer Silence: Rhetorical Quieting and an Erotics of Absence," a virtual conversation with Remi Yergeau and David Adelman, on Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. (12 p.m. EST). The event is a partnership between the DISCO Network Digital Accessible Futures Lab and the UM Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Digital Studies Institute, and department of American Culture. 

Please register for the (free) Zoom event here.

While silence is often linked to voicelessness, complicity, and even death in queer culture, Queer Silence insists that silence can be a generative and empowering mode of survival. Triangulating insights from queer studies, disability studies, and rhetorical studies, J. Logan Smilges explores what silence can mean for people whose bodyminds signify more powerfully than their words. 

"J. Logan Smilges’s Queer Silence attends to that which remains unspoken or silenced in queer history. Through a series of brilliant rhetorical readings, Smilges critiques the silencing of disability that has been structural to queer theory. Simultaneously, this indispensable book points toward new ways of conceptualizing those who cannot or will not speak."—Robert McRuer, author of Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance

"Queer Silence is a groundbreaking book that makes concerted interventions in the fields of queer studies, trans studies, disability studies, and contemporary rhetoric. Profound in its insights, incisive in its analysis, and gorgeous in its style, this book takes up cases of queer silences for analysis, attentively engaging the ruptures and omissions through which queerness, race, and disability co-emerge."—M. Remi Yergeau, author of Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness