Crip Kinship with Shayda Kafai

Join us on Friday, January 7th as we welcome author Shayda Kafai to our virtual stage, where they will be in conversation with Nomy Lamm on their new book, Crip Kinship.
In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.
Crip Kinship explores the art activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project, and its radical imaginings of what disabled, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming bodyminds of colour can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gi us with transformational lessons for our collective survival.
Grounded in the disability justice framework, Crip Kinship investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer, of colour community o ers to all our bodyminds. From focusing on crip beauty and sexuality to manifesting digital kinship networks and crip-centric liberated zones, Sins Invalid empowers and moves us toward generating our collective liberation from our bodyminds outward.
The book includes a foreword by Patty Berne, co-founder and executive/artistic director of Sins Invalid.
Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, disabled, Mad femme of color, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates. Shayda’s writing and speaking presentations focus on intersectional body politics, particularly on how bodies are constructed and how they hold the capacity for rebellion. From discussions of madness and suicide to femme politics and crip art, Shayda works to reframe our most disempowered bodyminds as vehicles of change-making. In honor of self-care and her communities, Shayda is also an artmaker and co-founder of CripFemmeCrafts with her wife, Amy. They make art that empowers all our bodyminds, particularly centering the magic and joy-making that comes from the wisdom and beauty of disabled, Fat bodyminds of color.

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A Middle Eastern femme wears bright pink lipstick and smiles at the camera. She has short, whispy hair, a long silver feather earring, and is wearing a black shirt.

Nomy Lamm is the Creative Director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice based performance project. They are also a musician, illustrator, voice teacher, creative coach, and kohenet/Hebrew priestess. Nomy sings cosmic power ballads for the rise of the matriarchy in a band called The Beauty, and lives in Olympia, WA on occupied Squaxin / Nisqually / Chehalis land with their partner Lisa and their animal companions Dandelion, Momma, Calendula and Chanukah.

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Time: Jan 7, 2022 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Event date: 
Friday, January 7, 2022 - 5:00pm
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Olympia, WA 98501
Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid By Shayda Kafai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551528649
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - December 7th, 2021

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