Auto-archaeology is an emerging form of autoethnography exploring individuals’ artifacts as supporting evidence to interpret experiences explored using autoethnographic methodologies. Using multiple voices, this essay draws upon the data of photos and poetry from my past and lived experiences to interrogate complex intersections of disability, gender, and queerness. This approach contributes to emergent literature examining intersections of queer and disabled identities while using an intersectional lens to examine how privileged identities intersect with Femme/disabled identities. Finally, it considers balancing the ongoing performance of identities with needing to feel recognized, discussing ways to create space for intersections of invisible identities.
Twice Blessed: An Auto-Archaeology of Femme Crip (In)Visibility
Shanna K. Kattari is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at University of Michigan. Correspondence to: Shanna K. Kattari, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, 1080 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramona Beltran is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Denver, Colorado.
The authors would like to thank Bernadette Marie Calafell for her time, energy, and mentorship that sparked the beginnings of this essay, and Emma Garrett for her invaluable editing eye.
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Shanna K. Kattari, Ramona Beltran; Twice Blessed: An Auto-Archaeology of Femme Crip (In)Visibility. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2019; 8 (3): 8–28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.3.8
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