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Lecture by Prof. Lennard Davis

08.10.2019

On November 14 at 17:00, in room 207, Prof. Lennard Davis will give a lecture entitled "The Object Talks Back: Poverty, Poornography, Photography, and Transclass". Professor Davis is Distinguished Professor at the English Department, University of Illinois at Chicago. A pioneer of disability studies, he has also written extensively about normality and biocultures. His book Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body (1995) gives a political and social history to the idea of normality. Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions (2002) relates disability to contemporary and historical culture and politics. His most recent books are The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era (2014) and Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights (Beacon Press, 2015). His numerous other publications include a memoir, My Sense Of Silence: Memoir Of A Childhood With Deafness, an exploration of family history, Go Ask Your Father: One Man’s Obsession with Finding His Origins Through DNA Testing, and a novel titled The Sonnets. He is editor of Routledge The Disability Studies Reader (now in its 5th edition).


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