Wingspan Dis/ability Arts, Culture, & Public Pedagogy

The Dis/ability Arts, Culture & Public Pedagogy Cluster is composed of and by the Wingspan Collaborative at UBC.

Wingspan is an intellectual ‘studio’ of interdisciplinary scholars in disability studies, arts, culture and public pedagogy across many disciplines who collaborate and establish research excellence on common projects regarding the rights of people with disabilities and who proactively promote the idea that while individual disabilities pose impairments, they should not be seen as deficits but instead as differences that enrich collective human experience and the arts. We identify variously as disabled, non-disabled or as artists who focus on disability aesthetics and linger in the liminal spaces between and among artist/researcher/teacher in the broadest sense of these terms, hence, we are Dis/A/R/Tographers in an unequal global world.


researchers in the cluster

PI, Dr. Leslie Roman, Prof. Educational Studies/Social Justice Institute
Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Co-ICRC & Assoc. Prof. Educational Studies
Dr. Rita Irwin, Co-I –Distinguished University Prof. & Prof. of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dr. Dónal O’Donoghue, Co-I-Prof. Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dr. Tim Stainton, Co-I-Prof., School of Social Work, Director Centre for Inclusive Citizenship
Dr. Kirsty Johnston Co-I- Assoc. Professor,Theatre & Film 
Dr. Rachelle Hole, Co-I. Assoc. Prof. UBC-O Social Work
Dr. Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, Asst. Prof., Allard School of Law;
Dr. Matt Rader Co-I, Asst. Prof. UBC-O Creative Writing/Critical Studies
Dr. Tal Jarus, Co-I, Professor, Fac. of Medicine, Occupational Therapy
Dr. Gerald Fallon Co-I, Assoc. Prof. Educational Studies
Dr. Steve Cardwell Co-I-Prof. of Teaching, Educational Studies


Wingspan Opening

Wingspan is opening with a series of engaging events on October 19-21.

Full Program

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Soft Opening

Oct. 19, 2017 4:00-7:00pm
the Hatch Gallery in the NEST
6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Grand Opening

Oct. 20, 2017 8:30am-6:00pm
The Chan Centre for Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1


Oct. 21, 2017 10;00am-3:30pm
Ponderosa Commons Ballroom in the Education Centre
2075 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2