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The University of Southampton
International Summer School

Global Disability and Culture

This course will explore how disability has been represented in contemporary cross-cultural contexts and what is at stake in those representations.

Global Disability and Culture
Global Disability and Culture

We will first think about how distinctions such as ‘normal’ versus ‘abnormal’ have emerged in various cultural contexts, and about the varied meanings of key concepts such as ‘stigma,’ ‘identity’ and ‘embodiment.’ We will then use these ideas to discuss issues of cultural representation, in relation to a range of films chosen from different cultural locations. Some key questions we might seek to address will be:

The academics organising this topic are Dr Eleanor Jones (Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies and Director of the Centre for Transnational Studies) and Dr Vivienne Orchard (Lecturer in French).

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