AOS: Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophy of Disability, Epistemology

Silence, Oppression, and Resistance in Narrative Health Practices: The relatively recent “narrative turn” in medicine and bioethics has generated lively discussion on the relevance and importance of stories for health and moral practices. While I believe that narrative is important for many of the reasons commonly expressed, I argue that an uncritical centring of narratives in our moral and health practices may miss and obscure the ways in which instances and structures of injustices often manifest in enforced “silences”, as well as the ways “silences” are often deployed as forms of communication and as resistance to unjust and coercive practices. Drawing from feminist social epistemology, disability studies, postcolonial studies, and communication studies, I critically evaluate the ways we discuss or undervalue “silence” in our current theories and practices, and aim to develop a toolkit for better addressing them in narrative health practices. This research is currently supported by a SSHRC Vanier Canada award.

2018 News:

  • June 4-7, 2018:Building Epistemic Justice: Disability, Epistemic Exclusion, and the Material Built Environment“. Canadian Philosophical Association. Montreal, Ontario. CAN.
  • May 30, 2018: “Rethinking ‘Participation’: Inclusive Design in Evaluation of Student Engagement“. 10th Annual Accessibility Conference. Guelph, Ontario. CAN.
  • May 23-25, 2018: “Exclusion and Healthism in Population Health Nudging Practices“. Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Meeting. Halifax, Nova Scotia. CAN.
  • April 27-28, 2018: “What You See Is What You Gender: Pinkwashing in Digital Architectures“. Theorizing the Web Annual Conference. New York City, New York, USA.
  • April 13-15, 2018: Poetry in Classical Confucianism and contemporary narrative health practices” and “Dao, difference, and disability: Classical Daoist contributions to destigmatizing health practices“. 7th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion. St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • February 27, 2018:Environmental Reproductive Justice“. Guest lecture for “PHL384: Ethics, Genetics, and Reproduction: at the University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, CAN.
  • January 15, 2018:The Health Care Provider  Patient Relationship“. Guest lecture for “PHL283: Bioethics” at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Mississauga, Ontario, CAN.
  • January 6, 2018: Epistemic Exploitation of Students in Accommodation Policies and Practices” (co-authored with Mark Fortney). Eastern American Philosophical Association Teaching Hub. Savannah, Georgia, USA.

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