Louise Hickman

Transcription Machines: Feminist Labor and Access Work

COMM 190: Junior Seminar

Summer (Session II) 2018

Designing Accessible Methodology

What is disability design? How does disability design inform our everyday practice? Feminist and Critical Disability Studies scholars have long been interested in the many functions of design, exploring its limits and uncovering the ways in which design thinking informs our everyday experience. In this course students will work and think within the context of a methods lab, employing a feminist disability studies approach to understanding research design. Themes will range from practices of description (visual, aural, performative, digital) for people who are blind or with low vision, to the analysis of objects belonging to disability culture. While engaging these texts and objects, we will continue to revisit our approach to methodology, seeking to understand how critical methods might emerge in our work. In the first section of this course, we will consider a variety of design mediums, along with theoretical texts, art installations, images, and performances as social texts. The culmination of the course will draw on these ideas to inform the proposal and construction of projects that reflect on the intersection of design and social justice.