Event Invite. Cripping Manga: representations of #disability in E.Asian comics

We are delighted to welcome Ta-wei Chi to the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) Leeds on 5th February. He will give his paper 3-4.30pm in room 12.21 Social Sciences Building. There will be tea and cake. This event is open to past and present CDS members, University of Leeds colleagues and students and any Disability Studies researchers from outside Leeds.

If you would like to attend please email Angharad Beckett, Co-Director of the CDS: A.E.Beckett@leeds.ac.uk

If you have any access requirements please let her know. The room is wheelchair accessible.

**Speaker's Bio**

Ta-wei Chi, PhD Comparative Literature UCLA, is currently associate professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, where he teaches queer theory and disability studies. His science fiction Membranes is translated and available on the French and Japanese Amazons. His award-winning monograph on historicizing homosexuality in Taiwanese literature was published in 2017. Currently he is translating Michael Oliver’s The New Politics of Disablement (Second Edition, Revised Edition) into Chinese, and developing his next monograph on the intersection of disabilities and sexualities in the cultural representations (literature, visual culture, internet culture and so on) in East Asian societies.

**Paper Abstract**
Cripping Manga in Taiwan

Inspired by the strategic usage of “cripping” in critical disability studies, Ta-wei Chi will discuss the cultural representations of disabilities in “manga,” the comic books hugely popular in East Asia and beyond. Chi suggests the reading strategy of “cripping manga” exposes the not necessarily explicit representations of disabilities in popular culture. As reading literature facilitates understandings of the collective (mis)understandings of disabilities, according to numerous scholars in literature on disabilities, reading manga might update such understandings in our era, which is more dependent on visual pleasure. For examples, Chi will introduce a Japanese “BL” (boy love) manga on deafness and Jimmy Liao’s Sounds of Colors, a pictorial book, both widely enjoyed in Taiwan.

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