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LUCAS Modern and Contemporary Cluster Monthly Meeting Series "Accident, Affect, and the Representation of Disability"

Tuesday 2 November 2021
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
118 (and also online Microsoft Teams, see below)
Franz Kafka, personal sketch, circa 1917

On Tuesday, 2 November 2021 (16:30-18:00), the Modern and Contemporary research cluster of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society will have its second monthly cluster meeting of the academic year 2021-2022:

Accident, Affect, and the Representation of Disability


Saul Leslie (Liverpool University): ‘It was just an accident!!!’ – Franz Kafka and David Foster Wallace on Disability and the Workplace

Saul Leslie’s paper compares the portrayals of disability in the literature of Kafka and David Foster Wallace, arguing that the disabled body is at the ignored centre of how modernism conceives of employment.

Andries Hiskes (LUCAS): Disability and its affective affordances: deformity, decay, disruption, distortion

Bodies that are considered disabled are capable of evoking strong affective responses such as sympathy, disgust, or admiration. Through four key concepts, my research is interested in the ways in which modern literature and art allow us to conceptualize these reactions as affordances of disabled bodies.

Q&A and discussion
When: November 2, 2021, 16:30 – 18:00
Where: Lipsius 118 and Online (Microsoft Teams)Click here to join the Teams meeting
Organized by: Andries Hiskes and Sara Polak
With support from: Maria Boletsi (LUCAS Mod. & Contemp. cluster coordinator)
#DisabilityStudies #Politics&Aesthetics #Memory&Identity

The event is open to members of the Modern and Contemporary research cluster at LUCAS, other scholars affiliated with LUCAS, as well as MA and ResMa students at LUCAS, and anyone else who you would like to invite. Please register for either the on-campus or the online event by sending an email to this address: mc-lucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Andries Hiskes is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. He is working on a dissertation on the relationship between affective responses to physical disabilities and the way in which these are represented in literature and art. Concurrently, he is a senior lecturer and researcher the nursing department of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches narrative medicine, participatory healthcare, and disability studies.

Saul Leslie was lucky enough to study literature and philosophy at Liverpool University for his BA, during which he took part in an ERASMUS exchange at Universiteit Leiden. He then continued at University College London in an MA called Issues of Modern Culture, during which time he chaired University of London’s David Foster Wallace ‘Infinite Reading Group’, described by Birkbeck’s Martin Eve as a ‘valuable public resource’. Before taking up PhD research under David Hering on disability and literature, he worked in higher education as a disability supervisor and disability rights campaigner. Currently, he is the Accessibility Officer for ADDRESS, a user-led disability organisation on Merseyside, and he writes for Public Disability History. Last month, Saul's short story entitled 'Loggerhead' won the award for best postgraduate fiction and was published by Liverpool University Press in the prestigious Great Read anthology, alongside George Orwell and Toni Morrison.

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