Cripping the Spillover: Disability Justice and Carceral Genealogies of Psychiatric Technologies
Olivia Banner, Associate Professor of Critical Media Studies and Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas, is the author of Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and co-editor, with Hannah Zeavin, of a 2023 special issue of Feminist Media Histories on Media Histories of Care. Bridging critical disability studies, feminist technoscience studies, and critical health humanities, her interdisciplinary research focuses on forms of cultural production that contest, intervene in, and embody alternatives to racializing and debilitating medical and psychiatric technologies. Her current book project, Screening Madness, 1933–2020 (under advance contract, Duke University Press), excavates a buried history of counter-psychiatric media that contested technologized psychiatry’s racial-pathologizing project and its foundational psychiatric misogynoir, that envisioned care through an abolitionist framework, and that suggests new avenues for thinking about histories for deinstitutionalization in relation to disability justice.
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