Online event – Staging Disability in the Early Modern World, Mar 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Seminar – The second of four seminars in the 2021 Early Medieval Identities seminar series, Marit Ronen on “Intersections of Social Identity and Disability in Early Medieval England.” Free online event

The second of four seminars in the 2021 Early Medieval Identities seminar series.

About this Event

Marit Ronen, “Intersections of Social Identity and Disability in Early Medieval England.”

The second of four seminars in the 2021 Early Medieval Identities seminar series will be given by Marit Ronen.

Dr Ronen is an independent scholar specialising in liminal groups and identities in Early Medieval England and its neighbours. She has worked on ethnic relationships, life stages, and disability, and her current project focuses on cultural narratives of infanticide.

The seminar will be hosted on Zoom. A link will be sent by email to all participants at least three days before the seminar.

Seminar – Uncommon Bodies – « The Trajectories of Early Modern Disability Studies » ; Simone Chess, “Hacking Sex in the Renaissance.” Lindsey Row-Heyveld, “Careless Arden: Able-bodiedness in As You Like It.” – 10-12 Feb 2021 – Event Free on Zoom

 
Uncommon Bodies: CSPW/CEMH Event
 
Please join us for two Uncommon Bodies events on disability studies and early modern sexuality, featuring Lindsey Row-Heyveld and Simone Chess


If you’re thinking you that you may come, we would like to know! Even if you ultimately can’t make it, we want to ensure that accommodations are available for you. So please RSVP.

When: Wed. Feb. 10, 2021 — Behind-the-scenes methods talk (11AM-12:30 PM CST)
and Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 Double header! (12- 1:30 PM CST)
Where: Zoom (please RSVP for link or check on the Center for Early Modern History UMN site)
Who: This event is free and open to the public, and to anyone who might be interested in disability studies, disability community, and early modern scholarship

Feb 10:
« The Trajectories of Early Modern Disability Studies »
Topics include: what brought us each to early modern disability studies? Where was early modern disability studies when we first met and first began this work? What has changed, in the field and in our own thinking? Where do we see gaps or space for growth? How did we pick the topics we’ll be talking about as models for what might be coming next in the field?


Feb. 12:
These talks approach the question of what might come next in early modern disability studies from two very different angles: Lindsey Row-Heyveld’s work on able-bodiedness and inattention explores a disability studies that could help us understand the construction of normalcy, modeling ways that disability knowledges apply broadly outside of the usual canon of early modern disability texts, while Simone Chess’s work on adaptive sex practices experiments with a disability studies centered in embodiment, modeling an increased specificity about disabled practices in history. Despite these very different approaches, the papers dovetail in their shared commitment to envisioning a capacious, creative, and multi-vocal future for early modern disability studies.

Simone Chess, “Hacking Sex in the Renaissance.”
Lindsey Row-Heyveld, “Careless Arden: Able-bodiedness in As You Like It.”
 
 

Seminar – New Research and Performance Directions in Premodern Disability Studies, Emory University and Folger Institute partnered program, with the support of Georgia Humanities, 4 – 6 March 2021, free event on Zoom

New Research and Performance Directions in Premodern Disability Studies

An Emory University and Folger Institute partnered program, with the support of Georgia Humanities
 
March 04 – 06, 2021
 
Virtual Event on Zoom
 
TICKETS: 
Free; registration required by February 15

 

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?

Seminar Directors

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.

Registration Information

All sessions will be conducted in the Zoom environment and accessible via CART, ASL, and other inclusive modalities. Please contact institute@folger.edu 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.)

 

SESSIONS

Disability Justice Past and Present: The Power of Studying and Staging Disability for Our Own Time

Thursday, March 4, 4pm-5:30 pm | Register

Theatremakers join with scholars-activists to explore the myriad ways that disability provocatively and more inclusively informs our experiences of drama, literature, and the world. Participants in this roundtable include Elizabeth B. Bearden (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Laura Cole (The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse), Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University), Jonathan Hsy (Institute for Advanced Study), Justin Shaw (Clark University), and Stephen Unwin (Theatre and Opera Director, London). The roundtable will be moderated by Allison Hobgood, with the support of Kelly Duquette and John Gulledge. Registered participants will be able to ask questions at its conclusion.

 

“Talk-Back” Session on Cry Havoc! screening

Friday, March 5, 5pm-6pm | Register

Stephan Wolfert (military veteran, actor, writer, and director, New York) leads a live “talk back” session with Dawn Stern (Chief Operating Officer of DE-CRUIT and actress) based on a screening of the film Cry Havoc!, which will be pre-circulated to registered participants. Cry Havoc! is an award winning, critically acclaimed, one-person play that seamlessly interweaves Shakespeare with personal experience to help us understand the national crises we face when we “wire for war but never unwire from war.” Scott Jackson (University of Notre Dame) moderates the session.

CONTENT WARNING
The 75-minute show contains depictions of war, violence, and strong language.  It also contains humor, vulnerability, Shakespeare, and hope.

 

Performing Shakespeare with Neurodiverse Audiences

Saturday, March 6, 10am-11am | Register

Scott Jackson and Christy Burgess (both of the University of Notre Dame) created and presented a new version of As You Like It for audiences on the autism spectrum after training with Kelly Hunter MBE (Hunter Heartbeat Method). In this workshop, they will present their creative process and describe the successes and challenges associated with these community-based performances. 

 

ProTactile Theater Workshop

Saturday, March 6, 1pm-2:30pm | Register

Professor Jill Bradbury (Gallaudet University) is joined by ProTactile (PT) experts Jasper Norman and Yashaira Romilus for this workshop on ProTactile, a new form of sign language developed for DeafBlind people. Participants will learn about the philosophy of PT and how the workshop leaders produced an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in 2018 based on this philosophy. The workshop leaders will discuss the implications of this project for inclusive theater practices, artistic principles, and aesthetics.

 

New Scholarly Directions in Premodern Disability Studies and Performance

Saturday, March 6, 3pm-4:30pm | Register

To conclude the seminar, Allison P. Hobgood and Sheila T. Cavanagh moderate this interactive scholarly discussion on new directions in premodern disability studies and performance.

 

SPONSORS

Our thanks to the Emory University sponsors who have generously supported this event:
 
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Book Library
Department of English
Disability Studies Initiative
Institute of The Liberal Arts
Theater Emory
Department of Theater Studies
Center for the Study of Human Health
Emory Accessibility Services 
Hightower Fund

More infos on the organisator’s website

Seminar – « Thomas Becket’s Greatest Miracle: The Blinding and Castration of a Thief in Bedford » – Pr Rachel Koopmans, IHR European History 1150-1550, 10 December 2020

« Thomas Becket’s Greatest Miracle: The Blinding and Castration of a Thief in Bedford » with Professor Rachel Koopmans,

IHR European History 1150-1550, 10 December 2020, 5:30-7:30pm (GMT)

Professor Rachel Koopmans will address the seminar on the topic of the cult of Thomas Becket, and the miracle windows at Canterbury Cathedral.

All welcome- but booking is required. Register here.