Primary Research Areas: Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophy of Disability, Feminist 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 examine 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 Selected Talks and Presentations:

  • June 4-7, 2018:Building Epistemic Justice: Disability, Epistemic Exclusion, and the Material Built Environment” and comments on Michael Montess (York University, Canada) “Challenging the Anthropocentrism in the Ethics of Climate Change”. 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. Panel on Representing Queerness. New York City, New York, USA.
  • March 23, 2018:Social Epistemology and Bioethics“. Invited talk for Philosophy Course Union Bioethics Conference: ‘What Every Philosophy Student Should Know About Bioethics’. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, CAN.
  • February 27, 2018:Environmental Reproductive Justice“. Guest lecture for “PHL384: Ethics, Genetics, and Reproduction: at the University of Toronto. Toronto, 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.