Project Title

Potential for Change: The Power of Instagram as Space for Rhetorical Discourse on Disability

Presenters

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Letizia Guglielmo

This project does not involve research with human participants.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Social movements are often examined post-movement in terms of rhetorical appeal; that is, only after successful mobilization are social movements looked at rhetorically on a broad spectrum. Disabled people have, for decades, been organizing and mobilizing for social change, but the advent of social media has revolutionized access for disabled people. This access has facilitated the creation of many spaces for activism on social media that are deeply rhetorical. Among these spaces is instagram. This particular digital space has become a haven for raising consciousness in the disabled community, and my presentation will be exploring the ways that disabled activists are making rhetorical appeals on Instagram to unite people inside and outside of the disabled community, creating broad potential for mobilization that was formerly inaccessible to that particular community.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Potential for Change: The Power of Instagram as Space for Rhetorical Discourse on Disability

Social movements are often examined post-movement in terms of rhetorical appeal; that is, only after successful mobilization are social movements looked at rhetorically on a broad spectrum. Disabled people have, for decades, been organizing and mobilizing for social change, but the advent of social media has revolutionized access for disabled people. This access has facilitated the creation of many spaces for activism on social media that are deeply rhetorical. Among these spaces is instagram. This particular digital space has become a haven for raising consciousness in the disabled community, and my presentation will be exploring the ways that disabled activists are making rhetorical appeals on Instagram to unite people inside and outside of the disabled community, creating broad potential for mobilization that was formerly inaccessible to that particular community.