Cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed—serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises a resolution to body-mind loss.
Writer and activist Eli Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds.
This event was part of the School of Public Health's 2016-17 Dean's Speaker Series. It was cosponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health, the UC Berkeley Disability Studies Program, the Disability Studies Cluster of the Haas institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the DSP TRiO Program.