Fellows' Presentation

Habitable Worlds

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows' Presentation Series.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s current book project, “Habitable Worlds: Eugenic Spaces and Democratic Spaces,” further explores questions of disability in the public sphere by responding to Hannah Arendt’s provocative statement that political regimes ought not to determine “who should or should not inhabit the world.” To conceptualize what Nancy Mairs calls “habitable worlds,” Garland-Thomson begins with the premise that the shape of the material world we build and occupy expresses and determines who inhabits it. This project seeks to excavate the intentions, logics, narratives, and consequences embedded in actual habitable and uninhabitable worlds so as to clarify how, together, we make human communities.