A02Disability Performance as Human Differentiation

Our research project investigates how disability performances as practices of human differentiation have changed over the past 200 years.

Claire Cunningham - Guide Gods. Copyright: Colin Mearns

The focus lies on the historical comparison of three diverging genres of merit presentation: freak and sideshows, the presentation and staging of the Paralympics, and contemporary theatre and dance performances by disabled artists. The project aims to determine how, in the longue durée in relation to presentation practices of disability performances, the entanglement and interplay of deviance and merit change or recur at different paces.