Week 09: Bodies in the System

Still from Jessica (n.d.) by Nadine Tanio. 


Read: Belser, Julia Watts. “Disability, Climate Change, and Environmental Violence: The Politics of Invisibility and the Horizon of Hope.” Disability Studies Quarterly 40, no. 4 (December 7, 2020). (link)

Watch: Tanio, N. (n.d.). Jessica —Short Documentary Film.  12 min. USA. (link)

Explore: Tanio, N. & Hernandez, F. A. (2020. Oral Histories of K-12 Governance and Care. Disaster STS Research Network. (link)


Agard-Jones, V. 2013. Bodies in the System. Small Axe, 17 (3), 182–192.

Annamma, S. A. (2016). Introduction: A Truncated Genealogy of DisCrit. In: DisCrit: Disability studies and critical race theory in education. Teachers College Press. (link)

Lustgarten, A. (2020, September 15). Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration. ProPublica. (link)

Morgan, A. and Fortun, K., 2020. Toxic Soldiers, Flickering Knowledges, and Enlisted Care. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 6(1). (link)

Key Concept


K-12 Governance and Care in the San Gabriel Valley during COVID-19-visuals

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science teaching during a pandemic

HS science kits

This is an image of take home physics and take home chemistry kits using National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) lab resources which were distributed to students at an independent (private) school in the San Gabriel Valley.


1. Write two annotations for the article by Julia Belser, using the analytic for Emic Reading.

2. Watch the short documentary film "Jessica" and explore the project essay by Nadine Tanio and Ariel Hernandez .

Guest: Nadine Tanio, University of California, Los Angeles

I recently completed my PhD in Education at UCLA. My dissertation research used participatory design in a collaborative visual storytelling project with young people who received heart transplants as children and are transitioning to adulthood and adult healthcare. The collaborative films that were created have been screened at  international conferences, at specialized medical symposia for heart transplant professionals, at seminars aimed at supporting transplant patients and their families in transition, and in multiple undergraduate seminars addressing a variety of topics including disability, gender, and education.

While completing my dissertation I developed two additional lines of collaborative research. As a member of The Asthma Files (TAF), a decade-long research consortium, I participate in TAF-California working with Kim Fortun, Mike Fortun, Sharon Traweek and a global network of scholars on air pollution governance and environmental justice issues across California. As an educational researcher I work with Fred Ariel Hernandez to study how K-16 education is responding to the complex and interwoven crises represented by COVID-19, BLM and ongoing educational, health, environmental, and economic disparity in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California.

Fred Ariel Hernandez, Waseda University Tokyo

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Sport Sciences at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, funded by a joint fellowship from the US National Institutes of Health and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. My work in Japan studies the development of mixed-gender sports and coaching pedagogy from extracurricular school sports to national team settings.

I received my PhD in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (2019), analyzing local public school sports coaching to understand larger debates about athlete safety, participation versus competition, and coaching preparation and certification. My interdisciplinary research primarily relies on ethnographic, oral history, media and archival analysis. I currently am part of the Asthma Files research team (Fortun et al. 2014), a decade-long consortium of projects examining cultural dimensions of environmental health. In collaboration with Dr. Tanio, our SSRC funded study seeks to understand how differently situated pre-K–12 schools in the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California are adapting to the challenges of remote teaching and distance learning during Covid-19.