The Visual Capacities of Embodied Difference: Disability Representation in Online Media
Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø is a doctoral candidate at Roskilde University in the Department of Communication Studies. Her PhD research is part of a Danish Research Council-funded project called New Media – New Intimacies (2015-2018).
Online platforms and social media have increasingly become central sites of our everyday visual practices, which have been identified as contributing to the acceleration and advancement of community-based communication forms. The convergence of image-focused internet cultures and disability communities give rise to new questions about how online imageries invite new forms of disability representation, for instance, through visual self-narration, self-presentation and self-commodification.
Building upon and expanding on a conventional critical focus on disability representation in the media, which often points to a recurrent underrepresentation and problematic reductive labels and categorisations of disabled embodiment and identity, Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø’s research explores how online imageries preserve and challenge traditional and dominant notions of disability and bodily diversity in the digital era.
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