This article utilises the dual methodological lens of disability and decolonisation in order to critically examine, in interdisicplinary and global perspective, what it will mean to be both a ‘human’ and a ‘citizen’ in the 21st century. I propose the development of an epistemological framework and methodology of the dis/abling and decolonising of knowledge on humanness and citizenship in order to anticipate demographic, environmental, and technological futures. Firstly, I critically examine how critical disability approaches challenge the able-ist premises of liberal political theory. Secondly, by critically analysing US immigration and US/UK eugenics movements, I illustrate the able-ist, raced, and colonial constructs of human-ness and citizenship using a dual decolonial and disability methodological lens. Finally, I look towards anticipating human and citizen futures through the case of artificial intelligence, where I illustrate both its reification of a raced and able-ist status quo on the one hand, and the potential for changing terrains of the bounds of human-ness and citizenship.
- Artificial intelligence (AI)