University of Leicester presents Social Science Week, ‘Representing Disability in Shakespeare’s World’, Online


Price: Free


An image of a painting which depicts people receiving poor relief in the early modern period. One of the applicants has lost his leg and is using crutches. Old-fashioned writing reads "he that hath pittie upon the poore lendeth unto the lord".

Our free online event, Representing Disability in Shakespeare’s World, will explore social attitudes towards disability in the context of military life, in the seventeenth century and today. At the centre of the event will be a short video production by Royal Shakespeare Company actors as well as a couple of freelance disabled actors, in which they will dramatise petitions that survive from wounded soldiers applying for military petitions during Shakespeare’s day and immediately afterwards.

It will be followed by a live discussion of the video content by historians and other scholars to start off and maintain the discussion about representation and attitudes towards disability, and the general audience of the event will also be strongly encouraged to participate. We hope that people interested in disability, history, or theatre will join the said general audience.

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