CommuniTEAs: A conversation with Anastasia Todd
Zoom Meeting ID: 843 4832 2120
Anastasia Todd is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky. Broadly, her research investigates the intersections of disability and affect from a feminist disability studies perspective. Her current book project, tentatively titled Affective Citizen: Disabled Girlhood and U.S. Disability Exceptionalism, uncovers how representations of disabled girlhood work to construct an affective roadmap to “good” citizenship at the beginning of the 21st century in the United States. Tracing how the disabled girl’s body becomes a conduit for specific affects, such as benevolence, optimism, happiness, and suspicion, she shows the process by which certain disabled girls become recognized and incorporated into the national imaginary and become the linchpin of an affective post-ADA narrative that tethers disability to nationalism.
Her new research project, in collaboration with Heather Switzer (WGS, Arizona State University) explores the intersection of invisible disability and young womanhood through creating and analyzing an archive of invisible disability narratives. As a cripistemological intervention, the project seeks to expand disability studies by taking seriously bodyminds that experience ableism yet have an uneasy and tenuous relationship with disability as it has been conventionally defined—that is, as physical, unchanging, and visible.
Todd's teaching interests include feminist theory, disability studies, affect theory, crip and queer theory, intersectionality, and sexuality and body studies.
The purpose of the CommuniTeas series is to provide an intimate setting for guests from across the university and the greater Lexington area to share their research and passions with the Lewis Honors College community. The series aims to highlight individuals who are change-makers in their fields, whose work showcases concepts that are powerful and intersectional. These conversation-style gatherings encourage faculty, students and staff to join in the discussion and further explore ideas that generate thought-provoking conversations and help connect students with individuals making significant contributions to their communities.