November 14-17, San Fransisco, CA, USA.
Panel: Toward a New Body Politic: Alternative Onto-Epistemologies in Birth, Dis/Ability, and Death
Date: Thursday, November 14, 4:10-5:25, Hilton Union Square, Nob Hill 08
Presentation Title: The Obligations of Agency: Biomedical Technologies and Dis/Ability
Abstract: Many biomedical technologies ostensibly serve to provide individuals with new forms of knowledge and agency. From prenatal genetic testing to open-source DIY modifications to insulin pumps, biomedical technologies are increasingly positioned in a rhetoric of individual autonomy. However, the biomedicalization of healthcare and force of neoliberal individual responsibility means the use of these technologies is coupled with a shifting of accountability away from systems and toward individuals. This paper will explore the obligations of ‘empowering’ biomedical apparatuses as well as implications on onto-epistemological formations of dis/ability, exposing spaces for radical reimaginings of technoscientific-enabled futures.