The Edward Rushton Lecture: The Language of Disability

Lecture given by Deborah Williams

03rd December 2020 - 03rd December 2020


Please refresh your screen to access the event.Deborah Williams is the key note speaker and host of this performance lecture which will examine how the use of language and its associated interpretations impact on how disabled people self-define and on the perception of disabled people within society. In particular, the lecture will examine and explore how the language being used during the current pandemic has served to reinforce the negative perception of disabled people, particularly women, by society.

The key note speech will be followed by a webinar discussion chaired by Paula Garfield, Artistic Director at Deafinitely Theatre. For the discussion Deborah will be joined by Ono Dafedjaiye from award-winning creative arts company Heart n Soul and Marie Tidball, Research Associate in Law at Wadham College Oxford. The discussion will interrogate the lecture theme further, looking more broadly at how the use of stereotypical language and value-laden terms affect our perception of disability, race and gender.

The lecture will be broadcast live but the discussion will be a closed Zoom webinar. It will be broadcast, but if you wish to participate in the discussion and ask questions then you need to register for the webinar. Registration will close 30 minutes before the event.

The event is being live streamed in partnership with Something To Aim For

This event is inspired by the strength and revolutionary ideology of human rights campaigner Edward Rushton, a disabled man born in Liverpool over 260 years ago.

Hosted by Paula Garfield.

The Panellists will be:

  • Deborah Williams
  • Ono Dafedjaiye
  • Marie Tidball


Paula Garfield - Host


Deborah Williams - Panelist

Ono Dafedjaiye - Panelist

Marie Tidball - Panelist

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