How do ideas about disability structure the law, policy, fiction, and film that we create? And how do such media reciprocally shape our understanding of disability as a conceptual category? I’ve explored these questions in talks delivered at the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S.-Japan Youth Forum in Tokyo. I will continue to do so in my forthcoming publication, “Prosthetic Dharma: An Exploration of Disability and Defilement in Medieval Japan,” which is currently in preparation for a special issue of Japanese Studies.
My research on this topic has been supported by Fulbright-IEE and the Khyentse Foundation.