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It's Like She Had Never Existed: The Family Story and the Assembly of Disability

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My work explores how disability is conventionally represented and daily experienced, as well as the differences and gaps between these two. The leading threads of my work are disability and narratives. I am interested in contributing to a growing field that compiles the particular experiences of disability in the Latin American territories with languages and realities that are different from the ones that mainstream English-based disability studies portray. My research focuses on my country, Mexico, and on the relationship between history and ways of seeing and naming: how we identify disability by visible markers, how we relate to it, how we name it, how the words and actions towards it have changed. The goal of my work is to raise awareness of how the words and actions perpetuate oppression, so that the need for counteractions in the everyday becomes clear.

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