Workshop: ‘Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy?’

Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy?

Thursday March 21st, 2013

Royal Holloway, Centre for Creative Collaboration (c4cc) 16 Acton StreetLondon WC1X 9NG

Part of Royal Holloway’s Trauma, Fiction, History Series, jointly sponsored by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway.


11-11:15 Registration and Coffee

11:15-1:15pm Session One

Whose Disability? Challenging Stereotypical Representations of EpilepsyMaria Vaccarella (Centre for the Humanities and Health and Comparative Literature Department, King’s College London)

Sur mes lèvres, Deafness, Embodiment: Towards a Film Phenomenology of a Differently Ordered Sensorium Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary, University of London)

Beyond the ‘Narrative of Overcoming’: Representations of Disability in Contemporary French Culture Sam Haigh (University of Warwick)

‘Freaks!’ Hurler Syndrome and other disabilities in Claire Daudin’s Le Sourire Brian Sudlow (Aston University)

1:15-2pm: Lunch

 2-3:30:  Session Two

Ana García-Siñeriz, Esas mujeres rubias (2010): disability, gender, and the medical establishment Abigail Lee Six (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The pain of itching Naomi Segal (Birkbeck College, London)

‘Raw data’: autistic aloneness and the category of insight in Elle s’appelle Sabine Vivienne Orchard (University of Southampton)

3:30-4: Tea

4-5:30 Session Three

Telling, not seeing: blindness and travel writing Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

On not being deaf to the blind Kate Tunstall (Worcester College, Oxford)

Disability and Sexuality: the poetry of Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin (1595-1670) Nick Hammond (University of Cambridge)

5:30 Closing Remarks and Plans for Next Stages

Attendance at the study day is free and includes lunch and refreshments. Anyone interested in attending should contact the organiser, Dr Hannah Thompson to register for catering purposes.

The Centre for Creative Collaboration is a neutral collaborative space near King’s Cross. We are using this space to think about the  interdisciplinary and collaborative potential of the Disability and Culture project. This workshop is the first step in a project which we hope will expand into a dialogue not only between academics, but also with artistis, medical professionals, charities, activists and community groups.

Directions to c4cc can be found here and more details of the event can be found here.

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