OpenCampus Tea-Time Talk - ‘The Contemporary Body’
Speaker: Heather Lacey, MRes Graduate, University of Hull.
This session will aim to showcase several literary portrayals of disability that – though largely unacknowledged - fulfil this remit, setting a precedent for future literary depictions of the disabled experience. The characters I will be discussing have a variety of disabilities, including physical impairments, chronic pain, and mental illness. This session will also aim to uncover my own personal motivations for undertaking the research, and will draw upon my own experiences of both disability and literary study. In presenting an aspect of my research, I hope to reiterate the contemporary relevance of literary study by showcasing it alongside current sociological thinking, thus proving its potential to further both liberatory and emancipatory movements not only nationally, but globally.
Heather Lacey graduated with an MRes in English from the University of Hull in 2017, focusing on representations of disability in contemporary literature. During her undergraduate studies, she became increasingly interested in disability rights and other emancipatory movements, which heavily influenced her postgraduate research. Since her time at the University of Hull, Heather has spent time working as a teacher in an SEN department, and now works for an international law firm, specialising in corporate governance and compliance. In her free time, Heather contributes to Scope's website, and has written for The Huffington Post. Heather has also contributed to a segment on BBC Ouch, and occasionally writes disability-related posts on her own website, nosuperhero.co.uk. She has also published work in the Journal of Gender Studies, and continues to advocate for disability rights on social media and other platforms.
Free Admission - All welcome – Booking is required, please visit: http://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3302938