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Monday, February 13, 2012

[UK Event] CCDS Research Forum: Will Southwell-Wright

What use is the Archaeology of Roman Britain to Disability Studies?

Will Southwell-Wright
University of Durham

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University

In recent decades the archaeological study of past human remains has
offered unique insights into understanding human interactions with the
environment, infectious organisms, and wider processes of socio-cultural
change in a variety of historical contexts. However, despite the presence
of an increasing body of palaeopathological evidence of impairments,
relatively little work has engaged with the concept of disability in a
sustained manner.  This seminar will consider why archaeology has so far
only made a limited contribution to Disability Studies, and how this might
change in the future. Drawing on examples from Roman-period Europe, our
guest speaker will demonstrate how archaeological evidence of past
iconography, medical artefacts, and the skeletal remains of impaired
individuals can provide important perspectives for considering differing
attitudes toward disability through history.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Lecturer and Recognised Researcher, Education

Founder, International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars


Telephone: 0151 291 3346

Office: EDEN 128

Postal address: Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope
University, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

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