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Documentary and (Dis)Ability Symposium

Documentary and (Dis)Ability: A One Day Symposium
University of Surrey
Friday 20 September 2013

The fourth in the ‘Documentary and …’ series to be held at the University of Surrey seeks to explore the conjunction of the documentary project with the worlds it encounters and the practical and conceptual modifications these combinations bring.

Please contact Helen Hughes on to register.

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Welcome

10.30 – 12.00 Panel 1: Creativity and (Dis)ability

  • Sapna Ramnani, The challenges of conducting on-camera interviews as spontaneously as possible when the interviewer has Cerebral Palsy and a speech impairment
  • Luke Pell and Jo Verent, Documentary, Disability and Dance: ‘Take Me to Bed’, a movement based examination of diversity, proximity and choice

12.00 – 2.00 Lunch (own arrangements)

2.00 – 3.30 Panel 2: Interpreting Documentary Embodiments

  • Hing Tsang, Ability and a productive notion of the hateful in Van der Keuken’s Herman Slobbe.
  • Catalin Brylla, Alternative Visions of Blindness: Embodied Space and the Everyday
  • Slava Greenberg, The Phenomenology of Animated Documentaries on Disability

3.30 – 4.00 Tea Break

4.00 – 5.00 Panel 3: The Documentary Legacy of Thalidomide

  • Martin Brady, Thalidomide as Spectacle
  • Anna Drum, Thomas Quasthoff and his (Dis)ability: An Analysis of the documentary film: Thomas Quasthoff – The Dreamer (Michael Harder, 2004)

5.00 – 6.00 Evening Meal (own arrangements)

6.00 – 8.30 Screening and Q & A with Adam Isenberg

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