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In Session: Contemporary Singapore from Biopolitics to Literature
Celebrating Disability: The Purple Parade and the Biopolitics of Inclusion in the Singapore Nation
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
8:30am – 10:00am EDT
Kuansong Victor Zhuang
University of Illinois at Chicago / Macquarie University, Singapore
The inclusion of disabled people in Singapore has gained speed and publicity since the mid 2000s, as the state sought to build a more inclusive society. This has been manifested in various cultural texts, from carnivals like the Purple Parade, inclusive community spaces such as the Enabling Village, politicians reaffirming the need to build a more inclusive society, and public education campaigns such as See The True Me. In this paper, I examine the deployment of disability within celebrations that proclaim it part of the nation-state, analysing how disability is made visible often in extravagant ways and the meanings behind such markings. Reading the Purple Parade as a spectacular celebration of disability within the biopolitics of inclusion, I consider the ways in which disability is folded into life and think through the deployments of disability vis-à-vis the nation. How is disability folded within the nation-state? What tactics, strategies and contradictions underpin this folding? How are disabled bodies capacitated within the biopolitics of inclusion?