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Tanya Titchkosky
Program Coordinator, Social Justice Education Program

phone: (416) 978-0451
email: tanya.titchkosky@utoronto.ca  

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

Dr. Titchkosky is on sabbatical until January 2021.

I work in the area of Disability Studies (DS).

My approach to DS is informed by cultural studies and interpretive sociology supported by versions of feminist, queer theory, and Black studies that take a phenomenological orientation.

Currently, my DS work is supported by insight SSHRC grant, "Reimagining the Appearance and Disappearance of Disability in the Academy." I am working on a related book project _Disability & the Human Imaginary: Remaking the Stories That We Are_ in which I aim to examine the interpretive grounds of current conceptions of human as found University work and life.

Academic History

Ph.D., York University, Toronto, Ontario. Department of Sociology, January 31, 1997.
Dissertation Title: The Primacy of Between-ness: Marginality and Art

M.A., York University, Toronto, Ontario. Department of Sociology, September 1, 1992.
Thesis Title: Learning to Read: Desire and the Economy of Reading.

B.A., Augustana University College, Camrose, Alberta. Department of Sociology, April, 1988.

Teaching Overview

Graduate Courses:
-Doing Disability Studies: An Introduction.
-Disability Studies & the Human Imaginary.
-Doing Disability in Theory and Everyday Life.
-The Cultural Production of the Self as a Problem,
-Advanced Disability Studies: Interpreted Bodies/Interpretive Methods, Methods Course.
-Social Theory and the Body.
-Sociology of Disability (Undergrad, Sociology, UT)

Select Individual Independent Graduate Reading Courses:
-Disability & Dramaturgical Inquiry
-Disability & Relationality
-Anishnebeg Hermeneutics.
-Disability and Borders: Cripn Borders and Social Theory
-Cochlear Implants and the Revelation and Production of Subjectivities of Deafness.
-Understanding Historical and Contemporary Discourses of Agency, -Resistance and Freedom in Social Theories
-Seeing Through Blind Eyes: A Disability Studies Exploration of Representations of Vision.
-Disability & Society: Advanced Social Theory and Visual Culture.
-Disability, Fixed Identity and Insubordination.
-Performing Disability: Resisting a Foreclosed Identity & Black Postmodern Theory,
-Understanding Historical and Contemporary Discourses of Agency, Resistance and Freedom in Social Theories
- Seeing Through Blind Eyes: A Disability Studies Exploration of Representations of Vision
-Disability & Society: Advanced Social Theory and Visual Culture.
-Disability, Fixed Identity and Insubordination. Half.
-Performing Disability: Resisting a Foreclosed Identity & Black Postmodern Theory,
-Language, Reading and Writing Disability
-Disability as a Problem of Maternal Care.
-Emotional Deviance and the Management of Human Suffering: The Politics of Interpretation
-Working the Norm: The Problem of Disability at Scotia Bank.
-Representing the Modified Body: 'Chinese-enough' Tattoos,
-Disability in Post Secondary Arts Education,
-Disability Narrative and Activism
-The Power of Anguish and the Anti-Colonial Compass,
-Diversity, Accessibility and Their Application in Institutions: When Disability is a Challenge,
-Theoretical Foundations in the Sociology of Emotion from a Disability Studies;

Representative Publications

Books (All)

2011.   The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  

2007.   Reading and Writing Disability Differently: The Textured Life of Embodiment. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.   

2003.  Disability, Self and Society. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

2009.  Rethinking Normalcy: A Disability Studies Reader. Co-edited with Rod Michalko.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Chapters in Peer Reviewed Books (a selection)

2017    “The Body as a Problem of Individuality: A Phenomenological Disability Studies Approach” with Rod Michalko in Jos Boys (Ed.), Disability, Space, Architecture: A Reader. New York: Routledge. 67-77.

2017    “‘One in Five’: The Prevalence Problematic in Mental Illness Discourse,” with Katie Aubrecht, Critical Inquiries into Social Justice in Mental Health, Marina Morrow and Lorraine Halinka Malcoe (Eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. In press

2016    “Conclusion: The Politics of Embracing Disability Metaphor,” in eds. Christine Kelley and Michael Orsini, Mobilizing Metaphor: Disability, Art and Politics in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. Seeking ASPP grant; 309-320.

2016    “To Pee or not to Pee,” in “Global Meets Local, Local Meets Global”, Rethinking disAbility: World Perspectives in Culture and Society edited by Patrick Devlieger, Steven Brown, Beatriz Miranda-Galarza and Megan Strickfaden. Leuven, Belgium: Garant Publishing. 31pp

2015   “Normal,” Keywords in Disability, Benjamin Riess, Rachel Adams, and David Serlin (Eds.). New York: New York University Press.  130-133.

2014    “Monitoring Disability: The Question of the “Human” in “Human Rights Projects,”  Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism, Cathy Schlund-Vials and Michael Gill (Eds.). Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press. 119-136.

2014   “Narrative” with Rod Michalko, Disability Studies: A Student Guide, Colin Cameron (Ed.).  London: Sage. 101-104.

2012   “The Body as the Problem of Individuality: A Phenomenological Disability Studies Approach,” with Rod Michalko, Disability & Social Theory: New Developments and Directions, Dan Goodley, Bill Hughes and Lenard Davis (Eds.). London: Palgrave. 127-142.

PAPERS (a selection): 

2017    “WHO’s MIND, Whose Future? Mental Health Projects as Colonial Logics,” with Katie Aubrecht. Disability and (Post)Colonial Identities. (Eds.) Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic. London: Routledge.

2017    “Life with Dead Metaphors: Impairment Rhetoric in Social Justice Praxis,” in Lennard Davis, (Ed.), The Disability Studies Reader 5th Edition.  New York: Routledge.

2011    “The Promise of Disability,” Inquiry into Practice: Reaching Every Student Through Inclusive Curriculum, Carol Rolheiser, Mark Evans, and Mira Gambhir (Eds.). 16-17.   http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/About_OISE/Inquiry_into_Practice_2011.html

2012.  “The Ends of the Body as Pedagogic Possibility,” for The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies special issue on "Health, Embodiment, and Visual Culture."  Edited by Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladjk, Volume 34, Issue 3-4, 2012: 82-93

2011.  “Firing Up Disability Studies: On the Edges of the Human Community,” in inaugural issue of the  Canadian Disability Studies Journal. Vol. 1(1): 82-108.   http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/article/view/21

2010.  “The Not-Yet-Time of Disability in the Bureaucratization of University Life,” in DSQ,  Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer/Fall.  Vol. 30(3/4). http://www.dsq-ds.org/article/view/1295/1331#

2009.   “Disability Images and The Art of Theorizing Normality,” in special issue of International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Guest Editor Leslie Roman.  Vol 22(1): 75-84.

2008.   “‘To Pee or Not to Pee?’ Ordinary Talk about Extraordinary Exclusions in a University Environment,”  Canadian Journal of Sociology.  Vol. 33(1): 37-60.  http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/CJS/article/view/1526/1058

Research Grants and Contracts

2015-20. PI. Re-imagining the Appearance and Disappearance of Disability in the Academy, SSHRC Insight Grant.

Collaborator with PI: Dr. Ronald Buliung, Geography, UTM, SSHRC Insight Development Grant Going to School: Toward Understanding the School Travel Experiences of Dis/abled Children and their Households. Awarded, 2017.

2015 Collaborator with PI: Dr. Ronald Buliung, Geography, UTM, Planning for Accessible School Travel: An Exploration of Disability Perspectives, Best Practices, Issues and Opportunities with Tim Ross, MA, MES, MCIP, Ph.D. Student in Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto. Awarded from Metrolinx. April 30, 2015

2009. Principal Investigator for a Standard SSHRC Grant for the study of The Cultural Production of Disability as an Excludable Type in University Life, with co-investigator, Dr. Rod Michalko. [Awarded #410-2009-2539]

2008-09. Principal Investigator for a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) grant for the study of Representations of Disability in University Curriculum in Ontario [Contract received November, 2007]

2006-09. Principal Investigator for a Standard SSHRC Grant for the study of Organizing Disablement: The University and Disability Experience, with co-investigator, Dr. Rod Michalko. [#410-2006-2132]

Honours and Awards

2015 Nominated, 2014-2015 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, OISE/UT.

2015 Fellow, The Critical Institute. http://www.criticalinstitute.org

2014 The Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des dutes sur LIncapacit Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture

2008. Accessibility Award for Faculty at the Institutional level from the University of Toronto, Students for Barrier Free Access, Health and Well-being, and Accessibility Services.
2007. OISE/UT Research Celebration, Research Scholar (poster profile). http://www.100years.oise.utoronto.ca/documents/tanya%20titchkosky%202007.pdf
2005. Nominated for the St. Francis Xavier University, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
2002. Recipient of the Certificate of Recognition: Outstanding Advocacy for Access Ability for Persons with Disabilities from the Disability Coalition of Antigonish/ Guysborough.
1997. Nominated by examiners for the 1997 Dissertation Prize, York University.
1996. Nominated by students for the John O'Neill Award, Excellence in Teaching, York University.

Professional Activities

Invited Addresses (selected):

Disability in Fact and Fiction with Rod Michalko and presenter of Reimagining the Dis/Appearance of Disability in the Academy, at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016.

Invited Panel Address, THE POLITICS OF DISABILITY ON CAMPUS: What we know and don't know about the appearance and disappearance of disability on campus, for The List, University of Toronto. Tranzac Club, Toronto. 2016.

Closing Plenary Meeting Points as a Prayer for Questions, with Prof. Nirmala Erevelles, CDS X Indigenous + Decolonizing Studies in Education organized by Dr. Eve Tuck, OISE of the University of Toronto, Sept. 30, 2016.

Invited Address, with Rod Michalko, Jean Pettifor Distinguished Lecture Series: Blinding the Power of Sight as a Transformative Ethics for Department of Community Health Sciences/ OBrien Institute for Public Health Seminar Series. May 27th, 2016, University of Calgary.

Invited Speaker, Evacuating Disability: Innovation on the Edges of the Human Community, for the Federations Equity Issues Portfolio panel of Congress, Rethinking Creativity and Innovation from a Disability Studies Perspective, May 31, 2012, Waterloo University, ON.

Guest Panel Speaker, The Spirit of Wonder & Disability Studies, for the Decolonizing the Spirit: Towards a Transgressive Pedagogy. March 31st , 2012, OISE/UT, ON.

Panel Member with Amy Sequenzie and Farrah Khan, Identity as Institutional Intersections, for Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! RyeACCESS, University of Ryerson. March 16th, 2012.

Other Information

Key Notes (Selected)
Why Critical Education Studies Needs Disability Studies: Or Toward a Politics of Wonder, Community Education Talks, Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with University of Sheffield, UK October 2012.

Theorizing Colonial Logic in Mental Health Projects: The need for an Anti-Colonial Disability Studies Approach, for the second international annual Disability and the Majority World: Towards a Global Disability Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. September 2012.

Out of Sight! Symposium in honor of Rod Michalkos Scholarship, and presenter of Blind Focus co-hosted with Dr. Rinaldo Walcott and presenter of Blind Spots: Tapping Away at the Social. May, 2012 OISE/UT, ON.

Key Note: 14th Annual SESE Graduate Conference, Toward A Politics of Wonder: The Becoming Crisis of Pointing Out Oppression, April 21st, 2012, OISE/UT, ON.