The next session in the ongoing series of online debates "Disability And The Digital. Conversations Across Sociology, Cultural Studies and Disability Studies".

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When: 16 June 2022, 6-7 pm CEST | 12-1 pm EST | 7-8 TRT

Please register here for the event.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the meeting.


Contact: Please contact us in case of any questions by email: celine.keuer [at] [.] de


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Thematic focus: This session wishes to discuss the aesthetics of access in dance and performance. It will bring together experts of dance and performance, who work on digital technologies of access, especially in the context of the digital distribution of dance pieces and performances. The aim is to discuss access in the digital realm by means of how disability aesthetics in dance and performance challenge the collective sensorium.


Moderator/s: Hanna Göbel and Mara Mills



Nina Mühlemann is an artist and disability scholar based in Zurich, Switzerland and completed her PhD at King's College London in Disability Studies and Performance Studies in 2017 ('Beyond the Superhuman–Disabled Artists Working in the Context of London 2012'). From 2018-2019 she was co-director of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-culturally animated theatre practice project based in Zurich. Since 2020 she is co-director of Criptonite, a Zurich-based queer-crip theatre project. She has co-curated the symposia It's a Matter of Perspective (IntegrART, Zürich, 2019), Exploring Crip Spacetime (No Limits Festival, Berlin, 2019) and Rethinking Structures (IntegrART, Zürich, 2021). Since 2022 she is a postdoctoral researcher for the SNF-project "Aesthetics of the im/mobile" at the University of the Arts Berne.

Andy Slater is a Chicago-based media artist, sound designer, and access advocate. He is a member of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and a teaching artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts' Young SoundSeekers program. He holds a Masters in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a 2022 United States Artists fellow, 2022-2023 Leonardo Crip Tech Incubator fellow and a 2018 3Arts/Bodies of Work fellow at the University of Illinois Chicago. In 2020 Andy was acknowledged for his art by the New York Times in their article, "28 Ways To Learn About Disability Culture." Andy's current work focuses on advocacy for accessible art and technology, Alt-Text for sound and image, the phonology of the blindbody, spatial audio for extended reality, and sound design for film, dance, and video games. He has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Mcsweeneys Quarterly Concern, the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco,Transmediale Festival Berlin, Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival, Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne, Critical Distance Toronto, Gallery 400 Chicago, Experimental Sound Studios Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Flux Factory New York, and Momenta Dance Company Chicago.

Melanie Zimmermann, dramaturge and curator at Kampnagel, Hamburg. After working for film and television, she studied Cultural Studies and Dance in Frankfurt on the Oder and in Paris. She was press and public relations assistant for the Forsythe Company and studied dramaturgy with Hans-Thies Lehmann in Frankfurt on the Main and in Brussels; in 2010, she was on a danceWEB scholarship. Then she began working as freelance dance and theatre dramaturge, e.g. for Wanda Golonka, Peeping Tom, Sebastian Matthias, Laurent Chétouane and was project manager of the MAMAZA collective. Since 2010 she works as dance dramaturge and curator at Kampnagel. Since eleven years, she supports and creates festivals, events and formats to support the international collaboration of dance makers. From 2018 - 2022 she was realizing the "Europe beyond Access" program at Kampnagel.



This series brings together perspectives from North America, Europe, and the Middle East and will convene conversations on embodiment, bodily belongings, disability, and the digital at the intersection of sociology, cultural studies, disability studies and activism. The point of departure is to strengthen the international dialogue along the most recent developments. The aim is to generate conversations and impulses for a sustainable international community that explores the role of digital technologies in the heterogenization of society.



- Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Hanna Göbel, HafenCity Universität, Hamburg

- Dr. Mona Sloane, New York University (NYU) / University of Tübingen

- Dr. Mara Mills, New York University (NYU)

- Prof. Dr. Robert Stock, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

- Dr. Melike Şahinol, Orient-Institut Istanbul, Turkey


Partners / Supporters 

Digital Media and Dis/Abilities (Research Network, Funded by DFG)

- Department of Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Center for Disability Studies, New York University (NYU)

- Waterfront e.V., HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)

NYU Institute for Public Knowledge

- NYU Tandon School of Engineering

- 370 Jay Project


Event Overview

The conversations will be held virtually and in English and will bring together experts in the fields of dis/ability studies, STS, sociology, and adjacent fields, from around the globe with a specific focus on developing a dialogue with West Asia. Currently planned are up to 6 events per academic year in the academic years 2022-2023 (one session per month, e.g. first Thursday of the month), held for 60 minutes over lunch EST (12-1pm EST) / night TRT (7-8 pm) via Zoom and adhering to accessibility standards, with 2 moderators and 2-3 guests. The events will be moderated by the organizing team. Panelists are asked to prepare an opening statement of max. 7 minutes to kick-off the panel discussion.The audience can ask questions via the chat function.

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