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Idiocy, Integration, Eradication? Down Syndrome and the Politics of Representation

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  • 13 December 2017
  • 3.30PM - 4.30PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: No
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Dr Helen Davies, ‘Idiocy, Integration, Eradication? Down Syndrome and the Politics of Representation’

This talk will explore the cultural history of the ways in which Down Syndrome has been represented, and consider the extent to which more recent popular cultural representations of the condition are able the challenge stereotypes of people with disabilities being a burden upon society.

Dr Davies’ lecture will conclude the first day of our two-day undergraduate student conference exploring the proposition that our sense of who we are as well as how we perceive others is tied to the way identities are constructed through forms of cultural representation, whilst considering the argument that the way our perception is constructed tends to privilege some groups over others.

Dr Helen Davies is Head of English at Newman University, Birmingham. She is author Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction (2012) and Neo-Victorian Freakery (2015), and co-editor (with Claire O’Callaghan) of Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture (2016).