2020-2021 Small Grants Fund Awardees
In the July 2020-June 2021 cycle the Centre for Global Disability Studies’ Small Grants Award funded ten projects and events. This amounted to $11,800 in funding awarded to faculty and students across all three University of Toronto campuses. The funded projects were diverse in scope and focus, and recipients represented multiple disciplines, including geography, anthropology, languages, literary studies, political science, physical therapy, and education. The range academic fields demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary, cross-campus research body like the CGDS and the importance of the Small Grants Fund to promote and highlight critical interpretive disability studies research and accessible academic events.
Events funded in 2020-2021 included a colloquium titled “Eugenic Legacies in Mexico and the Americas” organized by Professor Susan Antebi (Spanish & Portuguese), a community conversation on disability and COVID-19 organized by student-activists at OISE, an event titled “The Pandemic, Disability and Parenting” organized by Terri-Lynn Langdon (OISE), and a book launch for Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern Theater by Assistant Professor Katherine Williams (English). These events were funded primarily because of a need for greater accessibility (such as captioning and sign language interpretation) and to ensure that speakers and participants received a modest honorarium where appropriate.
Several creative, public-facing projects received funding. These include Professor Marlene Goldman’s (English) short film adaptation of “Mani Pedi” by Souvankham Thammavongsa, a companion website to the original play I Was Never Alone by Professor Cassandra Hartblay (Health & Society / Anthropology), and two podcasts: one on disability and employment created by Postdoctoral Fellow Andrea Whiteley and Professor Chloë Atkins (Political Science), and another on spinal cord injury created by John Shepherd (Rehabilitation Science). CGDS Small Grants funding contributed support these creative endeavours in development, and thus the researchers’ commitment to projects that connect with communities at large.
In addition we have funded participatory research elements of several long-term projects. These include honoraria for disabled research participants interviewed by Terri-Lynn Langdon (OISE) for the project titled “Women with Disabilities: Seeking Care, Health, and Healthcare Justice,” and honoraria for participants in the PROUD Project on disability and employment by Postdoctoral Fellow Whiteley and Professor Atkins. The grants also funded the cost of an open access license for a new publication by Professor Ron Buliung and collaborators.
The CGDS team is excited about the innovative work that we have had the honour to support through the Small Grants Award in 2020-2021, and hope to continue funding vital projects and events in the future.