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New Research and Performance Directions in Premodern Disability Studies
March 4 - March 6
An Emory University and Folger Institute partnered program, with the support of Georgia Humanities
Centering intersectional approaches, public humanities, and activist performance, this virtual seminar welcomes teacher-scholars, practitioners working on disability studies in the premodern period, and the interested public. Come learn from leading experts in disability and performance studies and investigate how writers, performers, and scholars have—then and now—understood, experienced, and responded to bodymind differences.
This online seminar will build on scholarly work in medieval and early modern disability studies to consider new avenues of inquiry, cultural histories, and performative possibilities.
- What do theatremakers and theatergoers learn when premodern disability scholarship intersects with public activism, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and provocative disability performance?
- How might we use stories of disability from the past to raise contemporary consciousness that advances disability justice and equity?
- What do we discover when disabled actors and audiences, in the past and present, engage with premodern drama and literature?
Allison P. Hobgood is an Affiliated Scholar at Willamette University and the published author of various books discussing disability, embodiment, pedagogy, social justice, and Shakespeare. Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University. She has published widely on international Shakespeare, pedagogy, and accessibility in Shakespearean teaching and performance.
All sessions will be conducted in the Zoom environment and accessible via CART, ASL, and other inclusive modalities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to specify additional accessibility technologies that will enable your participation, or describe them in the field marked “order notes” when you register.
The deadline for registration is Monday, February 15.
Please register for as many sessions as you wish using the links below. (All times are Eastern.) For more information on speakers and sessions, visit the event website.
Disability Justice Past and Present: The Power of Studying and Staging Disability for Our Own Time
Thursday, March 4, 4pm-5:30 pm | Register
“Talk-Back” Session on Cry Havoc! screening
Friday, March 5, 5pm-6pm | Register
Performing Shakespeare with Neurodiverse Audiences
Saturday, March 6, 10am-11am | Register
ProTactile Theater Workshop
Saturday, March 6, 1pm-2:30pm | Register
New Scholarly Directions in Premodern Disability Studies and Performance
Saturday, March 6, 3pm-4:30pm | Register