2018 Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture

15th Annual Conference of the

Canadian Disability Studies Association

Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap

 

The Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap is pleased to announce that Dr. Esther Ignagni, of Ryerson University, is the 2018 recipient of the CDSA-ACEH Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture. Congratulations Esther!

The CDSA-ACEH Tanis Doe Award was first awarded in 2009, and is named for the activist and professor Tanis Doe. This award honours an individual who dares to “speak the unspeakable” in advancing the study and culture of disability, and who has enriched through research, teaching, or activism the lives of Canadians with disabilities.

Below is an excerpt from the nomination letter prepared by Marsha Ryan, Hazel Williams, Laura Mele, Trevor Smith, Carling Barry-Spicer, Carolyn Lee-Jones, and Pauline Mwangi (with Dr. Kathryn Church and Kim Collins):

Over her 25-year career, Esther has consistently brought together innovative teaching strategies, community-based research, and fierce advocacy for the purpose of enriching the field of Disability Studies and furthering disability justice within and outside of academia. Her dedication to creative and ethical community-based research challenges the widespread ableism in the academy and charts new possibilities in knowledge production. It is fitting, then, that Esther be awarded this prestigious feminist honour, as her work, in many ways, is a continuation of that of Tanis Doe’s. Prior to her death in 2004, Tanis contributed to the development of disability studies programs internationally, challenged barriers to postsecondary education, worked to draw attention to issues of violence against women with disabilities, and explored parenting from the perspective of motherhood within the disability community. In this she was a trailblazer, making space for scholars, including Esther, to continue asking questions about education, gender, and intimate citizenship among others in the scholarship of disability and culture.

Please join us in recognizing our 2018 Tanis Doe Award recipient at the CDSA-ACEH 15th Annual Conference at the University of Regina, May 27-29.

About Tanis Doe

Tanis Doe did innovative work on participatory action research, disability, abuse, women, employment, assistive technology, and advocacy. She was a professor of social work and disability studies at the University of Victoria, and also taught at Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, and the University of Washington. She was a 2003 Fulbright Scholar in Bioethics at the University of Washington. She conducted research for innumerable organizations in both Canada and the United States, and consulted with organizations around the world.

As a Métis (Ojibway/French Canadian) Deaf woman with other disabilities who was active in disability, queer, and feminist movements internationally, Tanis Doe was widely respected as a disability rights advocate and as an educator that provided leadership training and personal mentorship to untold numbers of scholars and advocates across the Western Hemisphere.

In Tanis’s words, “Some of us have become visible citizens of that other place, using our bodies as our passports. People with disabilities are frightening to the non-disabled because our citizenship is made clear. In and with our bodies, we testify to both the existence and proximity of that Otherland.”

 

 

Past Award Recipients

2017: Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary
2016: Shelley Tremain, non-affiliated
2015: Patricia Seth and Marie Slark, non-affiliated
2014: Tanya Titchkosky, University of Toronto
2013: Marcia Rioux, York University
2012: Roy Hanes, Carleton University
2011: Jerome Bickenbach, Queens University
2010: Heidi Janz, University of Alberta
2009: Diane Driedger, University of Manitoba/Independent Living Canada

Francophone Tanis Doe Award

2017: Normand Boucher, Université Laval
2016: Laurence Parent, Concordia University
2015: Patrick Fougeyrollas, l’Université Laval

 


2018 Prix Tanis Doe de la CDSA-ACEH 2017 pour les études canadiennes sur le handicap et la culture

15th Annual Conference of the

Canadian Disability Studies Association

Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap

 

L’Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap a le plaisir d’annoncer que la Dre Esther Ignagni, de l’Université Ryerson, est récipiendaire du Prix Tanis-Doe de l’ACSH-ACEH pour les études canadiennes sur la culture et le handicap. Félicitations Esther!

Le prix Tanis Doe de la CDSA-ACEH a été décerné pour la première fois en 2009 et porte le nom de l’activiste et professeure Tanis Doe. Ce prix rend hommage à une personne qui ose «dire l’indicible» en faisant progresser les études sur la culture et le handicap et qui a enrichi, par la recherche, l’enseignement ou l’activisme, la vie des Canadiens ayant des incapacités.

Voici un extrait de la lettre de nomination préparée par Marsha Ryan, Hazel Williams, Laura Mele, Trevor Smith, Carling Barry-Spicer, Carolyn Lee-Jones et Pauline Mwangi (avec Kathryn Church et Kim Collins):

Au cours de ses 25 années de carrière, Esther a constamment utilisé des stratégies pédagogiques novatrices, réalisé des recherches ayant un impact dans la communauté et fait un plaidoyer acharné dans le but d’enrichir le domaine des études sur le handicap et de promouvoir la justice pour les personnes ayant des incapacités à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur du milieu universitaire. Son dévouement à la recherche, créative et éthique envers les communautés, a remis en question le capacitisme répandu dans le milieu universitaire et a tracé de nouvelles possibilités dans la production de connaissances. Il est donc approprié qu’Esther reçoive ce prestigieux honneur féministe, car son travail, à bien des égards, est une continuation de celui de Tanis Doe. Avant sa mort en 2004, Tanis a contribué à l’élaboration de programmes d’études sur le handicap à l’échelle internationale, a remis en question les obstacles à l’éducation postsecondaire pour les personnes ayant des incapacités, a attiré l’attention sur les problèmes de violence envers les femmes handicapées et a exploré la parentalité. En cela, elle a été une pionnière, créant un espace pour les chercheurs, comme Esther, qui désirent continuer à poser des questions sur l’éducation, le genre et la citoyenneté intime parmi d’autres dans les études sur le handicap et la culture.

Nous espérons que vous vous joigniez à nous pour souligner notre récipiendaire du Prix Tanis-Doe 2018 à la 15e conférence annuelle de l’ASSC-ACEH à l’Université de Regina, du 27 au 29 mai.