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    Martin Paul Eve on talking disability activism with Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Judith Butler

    Eve, Martin Paul (2017) Martin Paul Eve on talking disability activism with Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Judith Butler. Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities Blog ,

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    I have spent much of this week thinking about disability activism. I was spurred to this by Naomi Lawson Jacobs who was excluded this week from attending a lecture by Judith Butler at UCL because she uses a mobility scooter. At late notice, the talk was moved to a larger lecture theatre so that more people could attend. However, the new venue was not accessible. I signed Jacobs’ open letter and suggested that she write to Judith Butler. Between us, we agreed that I would write and copy Naomi Jacobs in. To my great surprise, Butler replied almost immediately saying she was appalled and that she was trying to get the venue changed. When this proved impossible at the last minute, Butler instead made a statement at the start of her talk noting that she felt that this was probably illegal under the Equalities Act 2010 and offered to meet with those affected. And so, on Friday afternoon, a small group of us met with Judith at Birkbeck, in the School of Arts, to talk about disability activism, ongoing discrimination in universities, and what can be done.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Martin Eve
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 17:17
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 22:56


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