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Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Ellcessor on Disability Media Accessibility
Guest: Elizabeth Ellcessor
- Elizabeth Ellcessor is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Media School at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is the author of the book Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (which Ideas on Fire indexed!), which investigates digital media accessibility, or the processes by which media is made usable by people with disabilities. In the book, she argues for the necessity of conceptualizing “access” in a way that will enable greater participation by diverse individuals in all forms of mediated culture. Elizabeth is also co-editing, with Bill Kirkpatrick, a forthcoming collection of essays on disability and popular culture, Disability Media Studies.
Links to projects, people, and resources discussed:
- Elizabeth’s book, Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation
- Companion site to the book, with archived examples for access and classroom use
- Elizabeth’s website
- Web Series: My Gimpy Life and Very Special Episodes
- Accessibility Fails
- Fuck Yeah, Accessibility
About Imagine Otherwise:
Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds. Check out full podcast episodes and show notes at ideasonfire.net/episodes. Imagine Otherwise is produced by Ideas on Fire, an academic editing and consulting agency helping progressive, interdisciplinary scholars write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.