CCDS February Seminar (UK)
- Evaluative Criticism in Cultural Disability Studies: Past, Present, or Future?
Dr. Ria Cheyne
Liverpool Hope University
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK
With the continuing expansion of cultural disability studies, Dr. Ria Cheyne reflects on the state of the field, considering its origins and development, current situation, and future development. As the field evolves, how do we conceptualise the relationship between cultural disability studies and disability studies, and between cultural disability studies and the humanities disciplines it draws on? In particular, Dr. Cheyne focuses on evaluative approaches to representations of disability: those which seek to label particular representations as "positive" or "negative." This approach is currently deeply unfashionable, but Dr. Cheyne suggests that it is more prevalent, even in contemporary scholarship, than its general critical disavowal would suggest. She explores how evaluative approaches to disability representations might be rehabilitated, and argue that they still have a key part to play in the future development of the field.
Ria Cheyne is Lecturer in Disability Studies and Education, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University. She is guest-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, namely, Popular Genres and Disability Representation (2012).
For more information, please contact Dr. David Bolt, Liverpool Hope University.