Past GWS Events
GWS Graduate Student Brownbag: Ashley M. Volion
Ashley M. Volion, MA
PhD Candidate, Department of Disability and Human Development
Uniquely intimate: Using access intimacy to explore intimacy between disabled people
Intimacy is an integral part of the human experience. Recently, a new form of intimacy was introduced by blogger and Social Justice Activist Mia Mingus called, “Access Intimacy” Mingus (2011) defined this form of intimacy as “an “elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs” and a sense of “comfort that your [entire] disabled self feels”. Yet, there is a lack of academic literature on whether or not access intimacy exists between disabled people. Therefore, this study seeks to explore the questions: how is intimacy unique between disabled people, and also how are these intimate moments produced? In this presentation, I will give a brief overview of how intimacy has been historically studied and defined in academia. Secondly, I will propose an expanded definition of access intimacy. While, proposing a grounded theory research design to explore the questions above.
For questions, please contact Kayla Martensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.