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Centre for Culture and Disability Studies Seminar Series launches

David Bolt book launch Friday 3 October 2014

Liverpool Hope University’s Centre for Culture and Disability Studies launches its 2014 Seminar Series on October 8th with an exploration of autism in literature.

Julia Miele Rodas, Associate Professor of English at Bronx Community College/CUNY (City University of New York) will speak on “Manifest Pleasures: Litany, Utopia, and Literary Autism.” 

Her seminar will look at a growing minority of autism-friendly thinkers, who have begun to recognise the autistic inclination for pattern as productive or creative rather than mechanistic or meaningless. She will trace the use of patterns in literature including literary utopias, survivalist inventories and formal petitionary prayer, and argue that all three forms exhibit a fundamentally autistic literary aesthetic.

This seminar is the first in the 2014 Centre for Culture and Disability Studies series, The Voice of Disability, and is open to anyone interested in disability studies and disability and culture. Other seminars include:

November 12th 2014: “Discourses, Decisions, Designs: An international comparative analysis of “special” educational policy making” (Jessica Chong).

December 17th 2014: “It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People,” (Chloë Hughes).

January 14th 2015: “It Must Be Simple: The Supreme Fiction at the Core of the Backlash to Access Debate” (David Feeney).

February 11th 2015: “Authorship and the Voice of Disability in Dance” (Mathilde Pavis and Kate Marsh).

March 11th 2015: “Which Theory of Democracy for an Inclusive Society? A Pragmaticist Approach” (David Doat).

May 13th 2015: “The Voice of the Disability Activist Movement in the US around the ADA:  A Hidden Minority or a Hidden Army” (Lennard J. Davis).

June 17th 2015: “‘Working together for positive outcomes’: The Appropriation of Voice and Participation in SEN policy” (Claire Penketh).

Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies will take place 1st-2nd July 2015.

For further information on the seminar series please contact: Dr David Bolt, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope, and Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies on 0151 291 3346 boltd@hope.ac.uk or visit their webpage.

Picture: The CCDS team at a previous book launch 

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