VariAbilities II 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

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


Welcomeand Introduction by Joy Carter

Vice Chancellor – University of Winchchester


Irina Metzler : “In/Dis-Ability: A Medievalist’sPerspective”


 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


CharlottePurkis: Displacedtheatres of forgotten fantasies:  unearthed bodily (re)imaginings fromexperimental 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


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 ChávezEmbodied 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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