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Folger Institute and Emory University Host "New Research and Performance Directions Premodern Disability Studies"

The Folger Institute and Emory University are partnering to host a program on “New Research and Performance Directions Premodern Disability Studies” (March 4-6, 2021). 

The program includes an opening roundtable, a “talk-back” and screening of the film Cry Havoc!, a discussion on Shakespeare performance and neurodiversity, and a ProTactile Theater Workshop. All sessions will be conducted in the Zoom environment and accessible via CART, ASL, and other inclusive modalities.

The deadline for registration is Monday, February 15. 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 seminar is directed by Allison Hobgood, Affiliated Scholar at Willamette University, and Sheila Cavanagh, Professor of English at Emory University. Participants and sessions are guided by questions at the intersection of public humanities and activist performance, such as:

  • 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?

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.