Hearing Happiness

Our celebrations of UK Disability History Month started with an entertaining and informative talk by Professor Jaipreet Virdi, an award winning activist, writer and historian. Professor Virdi presented compelling arguments about ideas of disability, views of deafness in 20th century America and explored the evolution of hearing aids. If you missed the event, for aContinue reading “Hearing Happiness”

Perceptions of Madness

Sarah K. Hitchen, PhD student Manchester Metropolitan University For many people with schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders, the people who initially identify that something is wrong are not medics, but family members.[1] A quick internet search reveals numerous websites and fact sheets providing information and advice for family and friends who are concerned that aContinue reading “Perceptions of Madness”

Culture in Quarantine: A Manifesto for 2050

Dr Kai Syng Tan, an artist based at MMU and a member of the ‘Cultures of Disability’ research group was commissioned to produce film for the BBC this summer, as part of the BBC Arts’ Culture In Quarantine initiative, which has brought the arts into people’s homes during lockdown. Her film, How To Thrive In 2050! 8Continue reading “Culture in Quarantine: A Manifesto for 2050”

Deafness and Salvation in Early Modern Europe

Early Modern Europe was an aural world. Despite the invention of print and the rise in literacy, speech was still the main form of communication: it was at the heart of religious worship and legal practice. In a world based around the spoken word, what about those who struggled to hear or who couldn’t speak?Continue reading “Deafness and Salvation in Early Modern Europe”