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Episode 7: Jaipreet Virdi—Disability Objects in the Archives

“Objects become so important in the way I think about a person’s lived experiences of disability.”

In This Episode
Elizabeth Guffey speaks to historian Jaipreet Virdi about disability studies, her “path-breaking” approach to research, and the inclusive and collaborative opportunities social media allows scholars. Virdi’s work centers the people who used and adapted disability objects throughout history. Through rich and detailed examples Virdi illuminates the hidden stories behind these objects.

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A transcript of this episode is available here.


Jaipreet Virdi is an historian and Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware. She is author of Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and co-editor of Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Legacies, Interventions (Manchester University Press, 2020).

The Fields of the Future podcast amplifies the voices and highlights the work of scholars, artists, and writers who are injecting new narratives into object-centered thinking. Join us for engaging conversations between BGC faculty and fellows and their guests.

At Bard Graduate Center, we seek to understand the world through things, both the luxurious ones produced for the few, and the more utilitarian ones produced for the many. At our New York City campus, we offer MA and PhD programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public events that explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture.