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Dot Dot Dot

To find the right words to talk about Beverly is to find the right words to talk about silence.  Years separated the moment of Beverly’s death from the moment when Todd Meyers stood on her porch, stealing looks past the new tenants’s shoulders into her home. Ten years of silence. He hadn’t known she had died; nobody had called or …

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Vandalizing Words

Early on in All That Was Not Her, as he recounts the difficulties of writing about Beverly, there is a sentence that catches her eye: “I seek to write the negative without vandalizing it” (p. 10). Negative is one of her favorite words. It marks a condensed, indispensable, impossible conceptual space. But this time it is vandalize that gives …

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Book Review: Joanne Limburg’s Letters to My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism

Letters to My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism

Joanne Limburg

Atlantic Books, 2021. 262 pages.

Although feminist and gender perspectives have been employed to analyse a number of disability-related topics, autism––and neurodiversity more generally––occupies a limited space in the literature. The experiences of adult autistic women, in particular, have been largely under-explored and un-theorised by feminist frameworks. In this …

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Book Review: Preventing Dementia? Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age

Preventing Dementia? Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age

Edited by Annette Leibing and Silke Schicktanz

Berghahn Books, 2020. 268 pages

In their recently published edited volume, medical anthropologist Annette Leibing and bioethicist and STS scholar Silke Schicktanz set their focus on the “new dementia” and on related and novel approaches to dementia prevention. While the …

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An Intimate Thanks: Responding to the Comments on Seeing Like a child

What is it to have one’s words entrusted to another? I am so grateful to Andrew Brandel and Bhrigupati Singh for organizing this book symposium as well as to the six discussants who have offered such generous and thought-provoking comments. My response to these commentaries is not to give an authoritative reading of the text – how could I? – …

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Bewilderment in War

Clara Han’s Seeing Like a Child is an extraordinary book. At first glance, it appears to be a story about Clara, her siblings, her mother, her father, and a war. But quickly upon opening the book, one comes to understand that the war in this book is not simply an event, and Clara’s family is not simply an immigrant family …

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