NEADS Community Engagement event with Dr. Jen Rinaldi: What Survivors See - Creative Condemnations of Total Institutionalization

This NEADS Community Engagement event, which promises to be fascinating, will be held on Wednesday, April 28th from noon - 1:00 p.m. EST. "In this presentation I intend to describe work from the Recounting Huronia research collective, which documented the history of the Huronia Regional Centre from the perspectives of its survivors. Our collective visited Huronia to take pictures of the space, and used those photographs in art projects. I will present examples of survivors' artistic works to illustrate key spatial conditions and affective experiences of total institutionalization," says Dr. Rinaldi.

Jen Rinaldi is an Associate Professor in Legal Studies at Ontario Tech University. Her research takes up how non-normative bodies are read, marked, and produced in and through socio-legal discourse. She is a dedicated member of Recounting Huronia, a research collective that documents the history of the Huronia Regional Centre (a Canadian institution that housed persons with intellectual disability diagnoses) from the perspective of its survivors. In service to this collective she co-wrote Institutional Violence and Disability: Punishing Conditions (Routledge, 2019); and founded the Huronia Survivors Speakers Bureau, which enabled intellectually disabled institutional survivors to tell their stories to audiences across Canada. Currently, Rinaldi is focused on research and activism related to deinstitutionalization, prison and police abolition, and migrant justice.

Jen Rinaldi, PhD (she/her)
Associate Professor, Legal Studies
Faculty of Social Science & Humanities
Ontario Tech University
Twitter: @RinaldiJen

Online registration is required. Register here.