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Research

How does disability interact with mainstream culture?

  • 16 June 2022
  • 5.30PM - 6.30PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • H0.01, Centuria Building  |  Directions



Professor Simon McKeown's research considers how disability interacts with mainstream culture. It seeks to expose and invert negative tropes on impairment, to culturally position disabled people, including learning disabled adults centre stage through often large-scale collaboratively developed public art events.

Further, the research considers historical disability narratives centred around cultural and political developments which led to the design of often dangerous mobility vehicles for impaired users, as provided over seventy years by the UK Government, latterly through the NHS until 1975.

There is another element to my research, which covers technology and our digital futures. This research considers how we may be able to interact in the future with technology, such as touchable holograms and big data, to digital extend lives and our ongoing connections with deceased family members.

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