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Friday, October 18, 2013

Wonderful disability film, When I Walk, screening at 4 PM Sunday in New York City


2013 | 85 minutes | U.S., India
Director in Attendance/**

**Sunday, October 20, 2013/4 – 6 pm/ Linder Theater/

American Museum of Natural History/ 79th and Central Park West
Click here for tickets:

*For* *Discounted tickets*
call the Museum’s ticketing dept at (212) 769-5200 and mention the NYU
Council for the Study of Disability

Seven years and 3,600 hours of footage after being diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis, Jason DaSilva brings us an intimate portrait of his own physical
transformation. Through his cinematic talents, DaSilva sheds light not only
on his struggles with the disease, but its impact and influence on his
creative process and his relationships. *When I Walk* is an intimate
depiction of a disability that is rarely portrayed on film, and a rousing
example of storytelling at its most direct, personal and affecting.

*Copresented by New York University’s Council for the Study of Disability*



When I Walk i*s my personal journey, filming myself transforming from
able-bodied to disabled over seven years. Obviously, the main reason why I
started this project was to document my progression. When I first started
this journey, I found there to be a deficit in films that explored the
social model of disability. Most often, media around disability is created
under the guise of the more traditional medical model. As an artist and
media practitioner, I felt it important to honestly portray my thoughts and
emotions, and not only the physical transformation*.
*—Jason DaSilva | Director, When I Walk*

Monday, October 14, 2013

Centre for Culture & Disability Studies Seminar Series: The Voice of Disability

CCDS Seminar Series:
The Voice of Disability

The last CCDS seminar series ran at Liverpool Hope University over a number of years and culminated in Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies, an edited book that we are now completing for Routledge.

Building on this success, we are hosting a new series entitled The Voice of Disability and can now confirm a number of guest speakers:

18th Dec – Cleavings: Critical Losses and Deaf Gain. Prof Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego) 

15th Jan – Creative/Critical Research: The Poem sequence ‘Phantom/Sex Ontology’. Dr Cath Nichols (University of Leeds)

12th Feb – Oneself as Another:  The Problem of ‘Voice’ in Alzheimer’s Life Writing. Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University)

12th Mar – Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy. Prof Tom Couser (Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York) 

21st May – The Reality and Rhetoric of Pupil Voice: Exploring the Educational Journeys of Young People Labelled with Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties. Dr Marie Caslin (Liverpool Hope University)

25th Jun – Young DaDa: Evaluating Participation in the Arts. Dr Claire Penketh (Liverpool Hope University)

These Wednesday seminars will all be held at 2:15-3:45 in EDEN 109, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom. 

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Senior Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor in Chief, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Editor, Literary Disability Studies

Founder, International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars

Telephone: 0151 291 3346

Office: HCA 0100

Postal address: Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, L16 9JD.

New Book: The Metanarrative of Blindness: A Re-reading of Twentieth-Century Anglophone Writing.