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THE FORGOTTEN OTHER: Disability Studies and the Classical Body - 18-19/06/2018, London (England)


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The influence of the classical bodily ideal on Western notions of beauty has been vast. But what of the broken body, as so many classical marble sculptures have become? While philosophical explorations of the body and the senses may reference the ancient world as a starting point, there is generally little engagement with the sensory body that is impaired or progressively failing. If we are interested in the body, past or present, experienced or represented, we must look to what happens when it ‘breaks’ – the challenges posed and met, the hurdles overcome or un-surmounted, and the remarkable strategies adopted to mitigate any disabling effects of physical and sensory impairments – by both individuals and their societies. Studying the disabled in the ancient past has yet to engage with Disability Studies in a way comparable with other areas of identity politics, such as gender, sexuality and race. Classics, and its cognate disciplines, hKings College (London, England)as nevertheless played a role in shaping the modern concepts of impairment and disability that form the basis of contemporary Disability Studies, and this relationship deserves further exploration.



FECHA/DATE/DATA: 18-19/06/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Kings College (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ellen Adams (Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kings College London); Emma-Jayne Graham (Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University)

INFO: Ellen.Adams@kcl.ac.uk - Emma-jayne.graham@open.ac.uk

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Confirmed speakers include: Patty Baker, Eleanor Betts, Lennard Davis, Jane Draycott, Edith Hall, Brian Hurwitz, Helen King, Christian Laes, Michiel Meeusen, Georgia Petridou, Tom Shakespeare, Michael Squire, Hannah Thompson.


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