The recordings of the Disabilities, Arts and Sexualities Conference (March 2021) are below. Unfortunately, the recordings for panels 7 and 8 were corrupted so they are not currently available. We are working on collating re-recorded versions of these presentations for upload below.

Panel 1  Erotics & Transformations:  Queer/ Crip Epistemologies


Schizo* is Sexy: The Eroticism and Exoticism of the "Mysterious Madness"

Ren Koloni, George Washington University, United States of America


Perverting Liberation

Dr Johnathan Smilges, Texas Woman's University, United States of America


‘Shade[s] of Queer’: Autism and the Inventiveness of Sexuality

Abby Stannard Ashley, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Panel 2  Disabled Be-Cummings: Porn and Fanfiction

Fucking, not Fetishising: Agency, Devotees and Representation of Disabled People in Porn

Dr Caroline West, Independent Scholar, Ireland


Blind Fingering, Hurt/Comfort, and other Tropes: How Disability is Used in Explicit Fanfiction 

Lindsay Mixer, Widener University, United States of America


On Queer Disability and Sex 

Andrew Gurza, Disability Awareness Consultant and Cripple Content Creator, Canada 

Keynote 1  Crip Lockdown: Disability, Art, Sexuality in a Moment of Crisis

Professor Robert McRuer, George Washington University, United States of America

Interview 1 Robert Softley Gale, Scotland

Panel 3 Reclaiming & Imag(in)ing Subjectivities


Disabilities, Subjectivities and Sexualities (Reclaiming and Celebrating)

Denise Beckwith, Western Sydney University, Australia


A Room with a Lesbian, Autistic View: A Queer, Transdisciplinary Perspective of Great Art

Dr Suzanne van Rossenberg, Independent Researcher, United Kingdom


Reclaiming the Viral Body: Eroticism, HIV, and Danez Smith’s Poetry

Alex Torres, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Panel 4 Visual & Queer Deconstructions of Compulsory Able-bodiedness


Challenging Devaluation! – Cinematic Portrayals of Disability and Queerness

Dr Petra Anders, University of Bamberg, Germany


Disabled Sexualities and Neoliberal Values in Orange is the New Black, 

Irena Jurković, University of Zadar, Croatia


Disability and Sexuality in the movie Sanctuary

Dr Paul McNamara, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland

Panel 5 Interrogating Stigma & Marginalisation: Practicalities and Realities 


Tactile Art-Based Teaching and Sexual Behaviours in Young Adults with Dual Sensory Impairment: Perspectives of Professionals Working with Them

Supriya Das & Dr Atul Jaiswal

Perkins India, India & Université de Montréal, Canada


“They Were Shaving My Head and It Was Even More Upsetting than the SCI Itself”: Liminality and De/sexualization of the Disabled Body

Laura Sanmiquel-Molinero & Dr Andrea García-Santesmases Fernández

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain & Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Keynote 2 After almost 100 days of Biden: Race, Disability, and A Head

Professor Therí A. Pickens, Bates College, United States of America


Panel 6  Subverting the Heroine through Visual Modalities         


Crippin’ the Disabled Heroine: Queer and Enabling Futures in Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw (2014) 

Shabnam Rathee, Murdoch University, Western Australia 


Visual Art as Visual Literacy: Interdicting the Delusion with Reference to ‘Sexualities, Desires, and Emotions’ of Disabled Humans 

Dr Amodini Sreedharan, Independent Researcher, India 

Panel 7 Performance & Reformulation of Disabling Imaginaries


Rolling in the Gap: Desire and Sexuality in Performance Art as a Means of Processing and Formulating Crip Pasts, Presents and Futures in the Austerity Phase of the Swedish Welfare State

Christine Bylund, Umeå University, Sweden


Dance, Disability and Dissidance in Lectura fácil by Cristina Morales

Dr Patricia García & Dr Aina Pérez Fontdevila, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

Panel 8 Literary Perspectives: Liminal Spaces of the Traumatic Body 


“A priest of eternal imagination.” – Gestalt Psychology and Significance of Myopia in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Inga Piotrowska, University of York, United Kingdom


Fetishizing Disability: Pain and Trauma in A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Daniel Schmidt, Saarland University, Germany

Panel 9 At the Limits of Pleasure: (Un)desirability & Representation


Disabling Desire and Reading Barthes’ The Pleasure of the Text

Dr Geraldine Cuddihy, Independent Researcher, Ireland


The Sexual Model of Disability 

Dr Anna Mollow, Independent Scholar, United States of America

Interview 2 Dr Mark Mossman, Western Illinois University, United States of America