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ERIC Number: EJ898282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
"Laughing with/at the Disabled": The Cultural Politics of Disability in Australian Universities
Goggin, Gerard
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v31 n4 p469-481 Oct 2010
In 2007 the film-maker Michael Noonan embarked on a project initially entitled "Laughing at the Disabled" (a title then changed to "Laughing with the Disabled"), a collaboration between himself and three people with intellectual disabilities. A doctoral candidate in the Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Noonan's film was the subject of a furious attack by two QUT academics--and then became a "cause celebre" not only in Australia but around the world. The "Laughing at/with the Disabled" project became a touchstone for the futility and contempt inherent in much contemporary academic research and teaching--but especially was viewed by many as proof of the troubling status of disability in Australian universities. While it has been widely discussed in the press, and with the furore continued online via blogs, YouTube, and email lists, there has been an absence of critical discussion of the case. Accordingly, in this paper, I analyze the public record covering the criticisms of this research project, disciplinary action by QUT, and responses by those involved in the research. Rather than making judgments on the project, I explore this case for the light it sheds on the place of disability in Australian culture, the role of power, questions of ethics--and, perhaps most importantly, the cultural politics of disability in education. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia