Seminar: A monstrous child; childhood disability and the making of the human

Submitted by Sharon Meredith, Institute of Health and Wellbeing

Institute of Health and Wellbeing logoSpeaker: Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole, Senior Research Fellow in Disability Studies & Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Date: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 1-2 pm

Venue: Sulgrave, S029, Park Campus, The University of Northampton

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

In this presentation, Dr Runswick-Cole will explore the relationship between disability, childhood and the human with the aim of revealing both the contemporary and historical markings of childhood disability as an object of curiosity and of fear. She will explore socio-cultural practices that render disabled children as monstrous which, in turn, leads to abuses, neglect and marginalisation. At the same time, however, she will argue that is possible to resist, re-shape, re-fashion and revise narrow and normative conceptions of ‘disability’ and ‘childhood’ that limit children’s lives. Disabled children have the potential to be key agents of change and to disrupt ‘common sense’ notions of ‘typicality’, ‘child’, ‘youth’ and, indeed, ‘adult’ and demand us to think again about who we value as human beings.

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Posted on March 16, 2016, in Lectures & seminars, Research Institutes and Centres and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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