The Creative Industries Festival 2021: ‘Crip Humour’ with Aaron Williamson

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In this highly topical and controversial paper, Aaron Williamson challenges the medical and social models of disability through the lens of ‘crip humour’. This provocative position is a way to overturn and survive the normative perceptions of disabled people.

Aaron Williamson (artist and Research Fellow at Brookes) has been working for 25 years, creating performances across the globe addressing ideas around the politics of disability, identity, isolation and access. His work stands out as being both political and humorous, focusing on his experiences since gaining deafness.  At a University of California San Diego lecture in 1998, Williamson coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counter-emphasis to ‘hearing loss'.