Cressida Heyes Phd

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How is changing race different from changing sex?
I tried to answer that once

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My dissertation seeks to examine the modern concept of “life” and its attendant notion of biological function and trace its involvement in our contemporary understanding of  “genetic abnormality” and its contemporary medical management. I am particularly interested in how this concept of life undergirds contemporary theories of and research on the biology of sex differentiation…

My main research is organized around the socio-political production of speech. Grounded in a feminist/crip phenomenology of speech and communication, I am interested in the many ways that embodied speakers become legible—or conversely are rendered illegible/ unintelligible/ irrational/nonhuman—through ableist norms that traverse social, political, and economic spaces and temporalities.