Shayda Kafai with Patty Berne - Crip Kinship (Online Event)

Shayda Kafai

in conversation with Patty Berne

Crip Kinship

Tue., Feb. 15 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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A close-up of a brown-skinned woman with red lipstick and perfectly arched eyebrows, looking into the camera with a playful gaze. They are wearing a grey sweater with stripes of blue and purple, black-rimmed glasses, and their dark hair pulled  back from their face.

Crip Kinship explores the art activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project, and its radical imaginings of what disabled, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming bodyminds of colour can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gift us with transformational lessons for our collective survival. Grounded in the disability justice framework, Crip Kinship investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer of colour community offers to all our bodyminds.

Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, disabled, Mad femme of color, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates. Shayda’s writing and speaking presentations focus on intersectional body politics, particularly on how bodies are constructed and how they hold the capacity for rebellion.

Patty Berne is a Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid (, a disability justice-based performance project centralizing disabled artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming artists with disabilities.


Shayda Kafai photo courtesy of the author ; Patty Berne photo courtesy of the author


Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid By Shayda Kafai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551528649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - December 7th, 2021