The Tobin Siebers Disability Arts and Culture lecture
Disability Arts and Culture: Collaboration and Improvisation
Professor Petra Kuppers
Date: Tuesday 12th July 2016
Time: 12am – 2pm
Place: Eden 036, Liverpool Hope University, UK
In this special guest lecture, Petra Kuppers will discuss arts-based research methods in disability culture, and their place in universities’ ways of knowing and recognizing value. What are the politics and pedagogies of community-engaged creative work in the academy? By drawing on recent work in community arts, conference/symposium organization, publication strategies, and classroom politics, Professor Kuppers will highlight how disability culture values of interdependence, collaboration, and improvisation can structurally influence the work of disability studies.
Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods and her most recent book is Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014). Other books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (2007), and Community Performance: An Introduction (2007).
This special guest lecture is being held in memory of Tobin Siebers. For nearly a decade Professor Siebers served on the JLCDS Editorial Board whose institutional base is in the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies. He reviewed numerous submissions over those years and guest edited a special issue with Dr Alice Hall just before he sadly died in 2015. His work is and will always be some of the most important in the field.
Attendance at The Tobin Siebers Disability Arts and Culture lecture is free but must be booked via the online store.
Other forthcoming CCDS events include:
02 Mar 2016, Unexpected Anatomies: Extraordinary Bodies in Contemporary Art, Ann M Fox.
20 Apr 2016, “The President has been shot”: Reagan, Wounded Heroes and the Cyborg Soldier in American Science Fiction of the 1980s, Susan Smith.
25 May 2016, Tales from the Crip: Narrative Reconstructions of the Storyteller’s Disabled Male Body in Contemporary Gothic Fiction, Alan Gregory.
29 Jun 2016, Voices of Becoming, Laura Waite.
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