The Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) will host its 50th seminar at Liverpool Hope next week.
Starting with Dr David Bolt’s (pictured) preliminary session in the summer of 2009, the CCDS has showcased the newest work of Hope colleagues such as Dr Owen Barden, Dr Marie Caslin, Dr Ria Cheyne, Dr David Feeney, Dr Alan Hodkinson, Dr Claire Penketh, and Ms Laura Waite, and has hosted an international list of both eminent professors and early career scholars. The sessions are attended by a mix of Liverpool Hope staff and students, as well as a growing number of regular visitors.
The essence of the CCDS seminars is captured in Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies, an edited volume first published in the UK and the USA in 2014 as part of the Routledge Advances in Disability Studies book series.
On account of its international success, in addition to the original electronic and hardback versions, the book was republished in a softback edition in 2016 and the editor has since agreed a 5 year translation deal with Hakjisa Publishers in Korea.
The 50th seminar, ‘A Secret Worth Knowing: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum’, will be given by Dr Michael Rembis on Wednesday 10th May. Dr Rembis is Director of the Center for Disability Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
With a welcome from the CCDS director and introduced by Ms Laura Waite, the seminar will explore the emotional lives of women and men living in the 19th century who considered themselves "mad" or "insane," or who were so defined by family, friends, associates, medical professionals, and the like. The session will also be made available on the CCDS YouTube channel.
‘A Secret Worth Knowing: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum’, will be given by Dr Michael Rembis on Wednesday 10th May (2.00–3.30, EDEN 109).