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VariAbilities 2015


The History and Representation

of the Body in its diversity

University of Winchester

20-22 July 2015



Monday 20th July




10:00 – Welcome: This and all panels will be in the John Stripe Studio




10.30 – 12.00 Panel Session 1: Finding Variable Bodies


Chair – Jason Farr


·      Adelaide Morris: Well! Do you remember this man?: establishing characters’ sexual identity in a critically creative work through textual intervention

·       Phillip Hickman: Queer[ing] my own body – How a photograph discloses something of my own human individuality

·       Rose Drew: Lives of Deprivation or Lives of Industry: Possible Cerebral Palsy on the Mary Rose






12:00 -13:30 – Lunch




13.30 – 14.30 – Keynote: Variability


Welcome and Introduction by Joy Carter


Vice Chancellor – University of Winchester


Irina Metzler :In/Dis-Ability: A Medievalist’s Perspective




14:30 – 14:45 – Refreshment Break



14:45 – 16:15: Panel Session 2: Variable Performance


Chair – Stan Booth




·      Chris Mounsey: When is a metaphor not a metaphor? An exercise in reading late seventeenth century novels

·       Charlotte Purkis: Displaced theatres of forgotten fantasies:  unearthed bodily (re)imaginings from experimental desires of Modernist culture

·      Simon Jarrett: ”Beetlehead – a dull heavy blockhead”: the role of jokes and slang in forming ideas of idiocy in the eighteenth century




16:15 – 16:30 – Refreshment Break




16:30 – 17:30 Panel Session 3: Variable Ethics/Aesthetics


Chair – Adleen Crappo


·      Petra Kuppers: Ethics Beyond Troubling: Towards Queer(ed) (Vari)Ability: Salamandering: Beyond Mother Earth

·      Patricia Skinner: What is a ‘Normal’ Face? The Variables of Disfigurement



Dinner   (optional)



Tuesday 21st July




10:00 – 11.00 – Panel Session 4: Modern and Pre-modern Variability


Chair – Stan Booth



·       Adleen Crapo: Premodern Disability: Towards an Ethics of Queered, Disabled Spaces

·      Christina Welch: Representing ‘Queer’ Women: Troubling Variabilities in the presentation of Saatjie Bartman and

·      Millie-Christine




11.00 – 11.30 – Refreshment Break




11.30 – 13.00 Panel Session 5: QPVI @ VII:


Transiting race, gender and biomedical intervention


through/on/with performance as research


Chair – Chris Mounsey


·      Alba Pons Rabasa: “Embodied/ACTIONS Drag” an Embodied research proposal

·       Daniel Brittany Chávez: Embodied Transfeminism, Or Ways of Decolonializing Gender Performativities in the Americas

·       Caro Novella: Transcorporear


13.00-14:30 – Lunch




14:30 – 16:00 Panel Session 6: Variable Senses


Chair – Adelaide Morris


·       Jason Farr: Duncan Campbell, Death Literacy and Second Sight

·       Katherine Kittredge: “The mole needs not the eagle’s eye”:

·       Depictions of Blindness in Children’s Prose and Poetry, 1790-1835

·      Saralyn Anne Russell:  Sexuality, Sight, and Self: Theorizing Life Writing by Blind and Visually Impaired Women.”



16:00 – 16.30 Refreshments




16.30 – 18.00 Panel Session 7: Variable Physicalities


Chair – Chris Mounsey


·      Stan Booth: LESS is More: Impaired in the Body, Reduced in the Story?

·       Janet Ravenscroft: From Head to Foot: Looking at Dwarfism and the Poor

·       Miriam Wallace: Improper Conjunctions: Legal Fictions, Crim. Con., and 18th-Century Satirical Prints


18:00 Closing Comments






VariAbilit(ies) would like to thank

the following for their help and support

in taking the conference series forward.


Joy Carter – Vice Chancellor


Inga Bryden – Head of RKE, Faulty of Arts.


Gemma Robbins

and her Conferences team


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