Time of Our Lives/Performance of Disability Histories

16 November 2009



hourglassDissemination event for Dr Sonali Shah's Beyond Text workshop

Centre of Disability Studies, University of Leeds

Tuesday 15th December 10.30am-4.30pm


he focus of the day is to discuss the key question ‘Has Life Changed for Disabled People since the Second World War to the present day?’

Through a combination of presentations and debate the conference will explore:

  • The changing experiences of disability in Family Life, Medical Treatment, Education, Employment and Identity

  • Different ways of understanding and communicating disability history – i.e. through social science or disability arts

  • Connecting macro-level policy and personal life stories to understand social change in the lives of disabled people 

The conference will discuss the findings of the Time of Our Lives project (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) and Performance of Disability Histories project (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council).

The conference will include presentations from Professor Anne Borsay, Professor Bren Neale, Professor Mick Wallis, Ms Penny Pepper, Professor Mark Priestley

The event is free to attend, but places are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To book your place please contact the project leader: Dr Sonali Shah 








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