Matthew Anthony Resendes Medeiros

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Western Ontario, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10025

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Resendes Medeiros, Matthew (Western Ontario, U. of) "Disability, inclusion, and citizenship: What does it mean to be disabled in southern Brazil"

What counts as “disability”, how is it framed, and who frames it? My project is concerned with examining disability, biopolitics, and citizenship in Brazil. More specifically, it is concerned with examining how one organization known as APAE (The Association of Parents and Friends of the Exceptional – Latin America’s largest organization supporting those with intellectual disabilities) has recently turned towards increasingly drawing on biomedical frameworks of disability as a means of advocating for its members. I attempt to frame these decisions, and in turn shifting discourses of disablement within Brazil, against what some have called Brazil’s “disjunctive democracy” and “differentiated citizenship” structures that. Is it possible to advocate for inclusionary policies for those with disabilities, while simultaneously encouraging the growth of segregating sites and drawing upon biomedical frameworks that have often been seen as diminutive and destructive in alternate contexts? If so, what does this mean for the individual subjectivities of those who are marked as “disabled”?