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M.I.A: disabling “able-ist” cities

More than 200,000 people living in the city of Montreal are estimated to be living with some form of “reduced mobility”. The assumption, built into urban environment, is that this is a property of bodies. Yet how is mobility enhanced or reduced by the ways that cities are structured? How is the city experienced by different, or rather, “differential forms of mobility?”

M.I.A. is a collective of researchers, affiliated with the Mobile Media Lab who are developing projects that use digital media to intervene, creatively, in the abel-ist assumptions embedded in life both on and off line.

Members of the M.I.A. working group are engaged in forms interdisciplinary projects that contain practice-led and theoretical inquiries into the confluences of critical disability studies and mobility studies.

Keywords
disability, geo-located media, activism, video, human rights

Montreal in/accessible has been supported by the Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University, the Concordia University Chair in Mobile Media Studies and Grand NCE.

Go to the M.I.A. website

M.I.A. Projects

Megafone and Montreal in/accessible
M.I.A. video capsules: navigating public space

Principal Researchers:

Kim Sawchuk, Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
Arseli Dokumaci, Post-Doctoral Candidate, Concordia University

Research Assistants:

Laurence Parent, PhD in Humanities, Concordia University (Project Coordinator)

Participants:

Marie-Eve Veilleux
Linda Gauthier
Henry Desbiolles
Anna Tkacz
Laurence Parent
Julien Gascon-Samson

Video capsules:

Kim Sawchuk: Producer
Laurence Parent: Director
Joëlle Rouleau: Editing and Cinematography
Arseli Dokumaci: Editing
Ben Spencer: Sound Design
Kim Sawchuk: Translation