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Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

20 février 2008 3 20 /02 /février /2008 01:33
I went to the second  Cultural Disability Studies Research  Network  conference held at Leeds University today, The programme is as copied below. I wasn't sure at 5.30 am this morning that I really wanted to go and it was freezing too.  Here is a photo I took of Leed University when I arrive, the trees were covered with in white frost - very pretty I would have appreciated it more if I was not wandering up and down the street looking for the building.

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I felt a bit of a fraud being there because I am not an academic and cannot even pretend to be a student - I just enjoy visiting academia and continue to wonder if I should do a Phd. I still think it is such an indulgence - studying - I would love to study all my life. Can I afford to?

If it is possible Leeds railway station is even worse that Euston. I had booked assistance this morning because of the early start but there was still nobody to meet me when I arrived at Leeds, the other passengers had to make sure the train did not go off before I got off. And upon my return, there was an older lady who told me sharply i was not booked on her list and there might not be a space for me on the train and insisted on seeing my ticket as though she did not believe that I knew where I was going.

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Cultural Locations of Disability:

Situating a Cultural Disability Studies

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

20 February 2008

Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT 

Conference Programme 

9.00-9.30am Welcome, registration, coffee
9.30-10.30am Keynote address

Dr. Stuart Murray, University of Leeds, ‘Disability Studies and the Humanities’

10.30-11.00am Coffee
11.00-12.30pm Panel 1: Disability Representation in the Arts (Chair: Rebecca Mallett) 

1) Ria Cheyne, Liverpool John Moores University, ‘Literary Disability: Why Genre Matters’

2) Terry Speake, University of Bolton, ‘Towards a New Praxis of Social Documentary Photography: What is Wrong with Disability Imagery?’

3) Irene Rose, University of Manchester, ‘What to do with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? Fiction, Disability and Social Change’

12.30-12.45pm Break (lunch will be served throughout the roundtable discussion)
12.45-1.45pm Roundtable Discussion: Situating Cultural Disability Studies in the UK (Chair: Clare Barker) 

Panelists: Dr. Stuart Murray; Prof. Mark Priestley, Centre for Disability Studies, Leeds; Dr. Lucy Burke, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr. David Bolt, Journal of Literary Disability

1.45-2.30pm Lunch
2.30-4.00pm Panel 2: Disability in Culture and Society (Chair: Suzanne Ibbotson) 

1) Ruth Garbutt, University of Leeds, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex: Using Drama as a Research Tool to Find Out the Views and Experiences of Young People with Learning Disabilities’

2) Yi-Ting Shih, University of Newcastle, ‘Developing from a Disabled Environment: The Disability Movement in Taiwan’

3) Clare Barker, University of Leeds, ‘Non-Western Locations of Disability: Representation and “Remodelling” in Postcolonial Fictional Texts’

4.00-4.30pm Coffee
4.30-5.30pm Guest speaker

Dr. David Bolt, editor of the Journal of Literary Disability, ‘From Persistence to Publication: A Discussion About How We Get Our Papers Into Journals’

5.30-7.00pm Drinks reception

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