All Practicing the Social events were FREE and ONLINE.
Book Launch – The Aging-Disability Nexus
- Friday, January 21, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm EST in Gather Town (*optional Zoom livestream also available for this event)
Mark your calendar and join us online for the launch of this much-awaited collection. Attend a short panel presentation, followed by a social gathering where you can mingle and chat with the contributors.
The Aging-Disability Nexus (UBC Press, 2020) is an interdisciplinary collection of essays edited by Katie Aubrecht, Christine Kelly, and Carla Rice. This book is the third volume in the series Disability Culture and Politics, co-edited by Christine Kelly and Michael Orsini.
Much of the artistic and activist energies and necessary disruptions to conventional understandings that appear in this book emerged from the Aging/Disability International Symposium, hosted by the School of Disability Studies at X University in Toronto in 2017. Contributors blend theories and practices of disability arts, feminist arts, and community arts in innovative and thought-provoking ways to explore how arts can refigure bodies/minds of difference. These scholarly and coalitional crossings inspire new relations to the nexus of aging and disability.
Contributors: Akwasi Boafo, Alan Santinele Martino, Alison Kafer, Amanda Grenier, Anne McGuire, Carla Rice, Christine Kelly, Colleen McGrath, Katie Aubrecht, Lucy Burke, Maggie FitzGerald, Margaret Oldfield, May Chazan, Meridith Griffin, Monique Lanoix, Nadine Changfoot, Nancy Hansen, Nathan Kerrigan, Poland Lai, Rachel Barken, Ruth Bartlett, Sally Chivers
Preview the book – pages displayed by permission of UBC Press.
Visit the Aging/Disability Nexus website.
To order your copy of The Aging-Disability Nexus, go to www.ubcpress.ca. Enter Code: Nexus (at the checkout) Receive a 30% discount. Offer expires January 31, 2022.
This is a short documentary about The Aging/Disability Nexus symposium and book project.
Gather Town will host three of our events, plus serve as our virtual social gathering space and our gallery for materials submitted in advance by presenters and performers. These digital submissions include videos, images, sound files, pre-recorded presentations, working drafts, published articles, e-books, and more.
For informational videos on our space and about our events hosted in Gather Town, plus maps, schedules, and access details, visit the Gather Town – Access Guide webpage.
Self-guided tours of galleries and exhibitions
- Videos, short documentary films, still images, and sound files submitted by artists, performers, and presenters
- Drafts and published works submitted by artists, performers, and presenters
- Tangled Art + Disability Exhibition video tour
These materials can be accessed and viewed any time by registered attendees starting January 10, 2022 until January 31, 2022.
Scheduled events in Gather Town
- Book launch for The Aging-Disability Nexus
- Remote Access + Arts Everywhere Festival – Nightlife & Dance Party
- Screenings of Bodies In Translation (BIT) films, plus digital stories from Re•Vision storytelling workshops
- Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on “disability art” hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Tangled Art + Disability
- For more information on these events.
Social networking and gathering spaces
- Networking chat-boards
- Open spaces for mingling with other attendees
- Private meeting rooms
- Interactive collaborations
- Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm EST on Zoom
Tangled Art + Disability will host performances created by Disabled artists, who explore themes of environmental crisis, identity, connection, and comedy. Join artists moira williams, Gaitrie Persaud, and the wonderful Joe Jack et John. This evening promises a snapshot into intersectional and interdependent practices of performance creation and presentation. A short post-show discussion with some of the presenting artists will follow the presentation.
Tangled Art + Disability is a not-for-profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community, and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Their mandate is to support Disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, k/crip, mad, sick, & spoonie artists, to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada, and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts.
Featured Presentations / Keynotes
Featured presentations and keynotes are scheduled throughout the 3 days of Practicing the Social. These will be short talks or performances, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Join us on Thursday evening for our opening presentation featuring Kim Tallbear and Simon(e) van Saarloos and hosted by Musagetes, an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies.
Concurrent Panel Presentations
Concurrent panel presentations will take place during the day on Friday and Saturday. These panels consist of 3 consecutive talks of 10 minutes each, followed by 20-30 minutes for group discussion amongst all panel members and a Q&A with the audience.
Nightlife & Dance Party – Remote Access + Arts Everywhere Festival
- Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm EST in Gather Town (*optional Zoom livestream also available for this event)
Join us for this amazing 90-minute evening event with crip-centred performances and a virtual dance floor. This event is co-hosted by Critical Design Lab, Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice, and Arts Everywhere Festival.
Since March 2020, these Remote Access parties have brought together hundreds of disability organisers, artists, and the public to celebrate the magic of crip wisdom, the ways that disability communities have built and expanded the possibilities for access in remote configuration.
Join DJ Who Girl (Kevin Gotkin) will provide the tunes for the party and create opportunities for playful and participatory ways of producing access as a collective cultural practice.
Everyone is welcome! Access features will include ASL, captions, visual description, sound description, and access doulas.
Image description: This image shows a grey stereo cabinet with two speakers on the left-hand side. In the middle is a Zoom screen capture with 25+ small boxes with various people dancing and a play button in the middle. On the right side are logos from Critical Design Lab, Arts Everywhere Festival, and Centre Re•Vision Centre. The words ‘Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Social Justice’ run along the bottom edge.
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on “disability art”
- Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST in Gather Town
- Friday, January 21, 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST in Gather Town
Join the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives/Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Tangled Art + Disability, and Bodies in Translation for a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to increase Wikipedia content on disability art and artists in Canada.
No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary – tutorials and suggested topics can be found ahead of time here and one-on-one coaching will be available during the Thursday session.
ASL interpretation and chat feature available for this event.
Wikipedia editing resources
- Introduction to Editing Wikipedia (interactive web page with video tutorials)
- Editing Wikipedia: A guide to improving content on the online encyclopedia (PDF)
- WikiProject Accessibility
- Wikipedia:Dyslexic readers (a guide to adapting Wikipedia’s display font for editors with dyslexia)
- More information on “What is a wiki edit-a-thon?”
- Event Activities
- Online Platforms
- Partners and Sponsors
- Programme At-A-Glance
- General Access Information
- Access Practices
- Gather Town – Access Guide
- Zoom – Access Guide
- Presenters, Performers, & Moderators – Access Guide
- Access Support Team
- Glossary of Terms
- Keynote Speakers
- Restricted Access – Registered Attendees only