Karen Nakamura on Disability Studies and Race


Friday, February 16, 2018

Karen Nakamura, a cultural anthropologist and chair of the Haas Institute's Disability Studies cluster, gives a provocative February 16 talk titled 'Disability Studies as White Disability Studies / Disability Studies as Intersectional Disability Studies.'

This talk was part of the Research to Impact series. Learn more about the series here: https://haasinstitute.berkeley.edu/researchtoimpactseries

Check back later for a transcript of this talk.

Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist at the University of California Berkeley. Her first book was titled Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity (2006). Her next project resulted in two ethnographic films and a monograph titled, A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan (2014). She is currently working on the intersections of transsexuality and disability politics in postwar Japan. Her research interests are​ ​disability studies, minority social movements and identity politics, civil society, gender and sexuality, sociocultural anthropology, and visual culture.

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