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Esther Ignagni


MSc, PhD


416-979-5000, ext. 4286

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  • Disability, parenting/parenthood and kinship
  • Intimate and domestic life
  • Media and cultural representations of disability and difference
  • MAiD and other explorations of disability and death
  • Systemic and institutionalized ableism
  • Disabled childhoods and youth
  • Accessibility


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, exercise reproductive rights and intimate justice within contexts shaped by dis/ableist and eugenic legacies. 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.

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies

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  • Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health, Room SHE-524