Performing Disability Histories

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Performing Social Research: Bringing disability history to 21st Century Audiences

Summary

This 12 month ESRC Follow-On Fund project aims to increase disability awareness, stimulate historical understanding and build the historical agency of secondary school children (years 7-11). Exploring the interrelations between disciplines and methodologies, it will use a mixture of established and innovative performance tools to transmit oral history texts of disabled people, generated through social scientific disability research, to 21st-Century school-age audiences. The biographical case studies and socio-historical contexts framing the lives of disabled people (born in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s) will form the stimulus materials for a series of school-based workshops and an extended Theatre-in-Education package.

Aims & Objectives

The project will use a mixture of established and innovative performance tools to transmit oral history texts of disabled people, generated through social scientific disability research, to 21st-Century school-age audiences. Life history interview transcripts, audio recordings and macro-level analysis concerning the socio- historical, Image showing children in schoolcultural and policy contexts which framed the lives of young disabled people (born in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s), will form the stimulus materials for a series of school- based workshops (with disabled and non-disabled children) and an extended Theatre-in-Education package.

The project will demonstrate and confirm how the collaboration of disciplines (performance studies and critical disability studies), academics (in social science and performance studies) and practitioners (disability arts and education) can transpose new understandings of disability history and culture to pupils, teachers, practitioners, and to policy makers. In so doing, it seeks to achieve the following:

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