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Svetlana Borodina on Disability Inclusion in Contemporary Russia
Please join us for a discussion with Svetlana Borodina, postdoctoral research scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

Since the 2000s, disability inclusion has gained momentum in Russia. Unlike other foreign-born concepts imported to Russia since the 1990s, disability inclusion received strikingly uniform support from different publics. To understand what enables the appeal of disability inclusion to different actors in Russia, Svetlana Borodina examines how it is currently practiced and what historical processes have ensured its welcome reception. She argues that disability inclusion's resonance is connected to its form of implementation: instead of functioning as organized political advocacy, disability inclusion materializes in the depoliticized form of "social projects"—short-term events and activities organized by NGOs. Borodina will discuss the opportunities and closures of this form of disability inclusion for Russian people with disabilities and nondisabled actors recruited to address the problem of disability exclusion. Her critical and ethnographically grounded account of contemporary Russian disability inclusion programs provides a window into nonliberal forms of care and "nonpolitical" social change driven by such liberal concepts as inclusion.

This event will also be live streamed on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/vp3zLgZ1zuc

Oct 12, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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