My research interests centre on intimate citizenship within dis/ableist cultures. I want to better understand how our private lives as disabled people are shaped by public institutions and cultures that assume and demand ‘able’ and sane’ body-minds. Specifically, my work explores how we create families, parent children, engage in caring relations, exercise reproductive rights and intimate justice within contexts shaped by dis/ableist and eugenic legacies, but aspire toward ‘crip kinship’. My broader research interests extend to disability and death, and how in a post-MAiD Canadian context, we must find new meanings of disability vitality, futures and finitude. I am also committed to the deployment of disability aesthetics, forum theatre and design fiction to reimagine disabled/mad/Deaf/sick selves, bodies, communities and worlds as affirmed and valuable. My research and scholarly ethic is participatory - reflecting my work and activist roots in the anti-violence, AIDS action and disability movements - I try to work closely with the public to generate and disseminate new knowledges through co-production and other collaborative approaches. As part of this effort, I use the arts and work with artists whenever possible within my research process. Arts informed approaches I believe, have the potential to make university research more accessible and engage a broader array of audiences.
- DST 501: Rethinking disability
- DST 725: The politics and practice of intervention
- DST 99: Senior independent undergraduate project
- INT 902: Disability issues (course co-ordinator)
- DST 502: Disability & the state
- CS 8944: Contemporary social and cultural theories and disabilities
- Theories and practices of the state
- Social and and cultural theories of the body-mind and disability
- Queer and feminist theories
- Research methodologies
- Parenting, families and kinship
- Intimate citizenship
- Death and dying
- Phenomenologial, feminist and queer theories
- Design and speculative fictions
- Participatory, arts-informed and critical design methodologies
- 2018-19 Social Sciences and Humanities Partnership Engage Grant designing crip futures (Co Principal Investigator).
- 2018-20 Association of Ontario Midwives Midwifery Care for People with Physical Disabilities (Role: Co-investigator).
- 2018-19 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant. Cripping the Arts. (Role: Collaborator).
- 2017-18 Women’s College Hospital Foundation: Women’s Xchange Challenge: Towards intimate well-being: A design fiction pilot. (Principal Investigator).
- 2017- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Gant. Reconciling the social model of childhood disability with pedagogy: The effects of teacher training to facilitate friendship-building. (Role: Co-investigator).
- 2017-18, Ryerson Faculty of Community Services Seed Grant Dialogues on death. (Role: Co-investigator).
- 2016 - 21 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant Bodies in Translation. Art, Technology and Access to Life. (Role: Collaborator).
- 2015 – (various funders) Thinking with our ‘chemical stories’. (Role: Co-Prinicipal Investigator).
- 2018 Deathnastics. Performative at The Bunker of Contemporary Arts, Toronto.
- 2018 Welcome to PainSonic….(with L. Fisher, E. Chandler, S. Lee, G. Swain, L. St. Marie, M. Dumont, D. Bobier, K. Liddiard and A. Darby)
- 2015 Colour-Blind an installation at Crip Interiors/Project Creative Users, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto. (with A. Mahamud).
- 2015 The Dinner Scenes, A forum theatre series performed Consuming Intimacies, St. Catharines. (with K. Elbard, C. Austin, R. Hunt, R. Pierre, K. Collins, C. Barry and A. Fudge Schormans).
- Ignagni, E. (2019 in press). Not just a job: Women, disability and thinking about work generously. In Nichols, L. & Tyyska, V. (editors). Working Women In Canada: An Intersectional Approach. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
- Chandler, E. & Ignagni, E. (2018). Strange Beauty: Aesthetic possibilities for sustaining disability into the future. In Ellis, K, Thomson, R.G., Kent, M. & Robertson, R. (editors). Interdisciplinary approaches to disability. London: Routledge, pages 255-264.
- Jivraj, T. and Ignagni, E. (2015). Disability and disabling practices. Wright, J. (ed) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, London: Elsevier.
Technical reports and expert opinion papers available upon request.
- Ignagni, E., Chandler, E. Collins, K. Darby, A. and Liddiard, D. (2019, in press). Designing access together: Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
- Roadhouse, C., Shulman, C., Anstey, K., Stappleton, K. Chitayat, D. & Ignagni, E. (2018). Disability experiences and perspectives regarding reproductive decisions, parenting and the utility of genetic counseling services. Journal of Genetic Counseling, Access at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10897-018-0265-1, external link, opens in new window
- Ignagni, E. & Fudge Schormans, A. (2016). Towards intimate justice: reimagining parenting possibilities. Studies in Social Justice, 10(2) Access at: https://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/SSJ/issue/view/88/showToc, external link
- Church, K., Landry, D., Frazee, C., Ignagni, E., Mitchell, C., Panitch, M., Paterson, J. & Porier, T. Exhibiting activist disability history in Canada: Out From Under as a case study of social movement learning. Studies in Adult Education, https://t.co/bpo3Wejv3G, external link, opens in new window
- Ignagni, E. & Fudge Schormans, A. (2016). Reimagining parenting possibilities: the experience of people labeled with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education, 3(1): 9-12.
- Ignagni, E., Fudge Schormans, A., Liddiard, K. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2016) 'Some people aren't allowed to love: Intimate Citizenship in the lives of people labelled with intellectual disabilities',, external link Disability and Society, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2015.1136-148
- Tanis Doe Award for Leadership in Disability Culture, 2018
- Visiting Research Fellow, Research Centre for Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2016
- Sue Williams Teaching Award, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 2010