Session Title

Disability as Language: Rethinking Communication in the Middle Ages (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages

Organizer Name

Tory V. Pearman; Gregory Carrier

Organizer Affiliation

Miami Univ.-Hamilton; Univ. of Alberta

Presider Name

Tory V. Pearman

Paper Title 1

Do Gestures Constitute Language? Saint Augustine's Thoughts on Spoken, Written, and Gestural Speech

Presenter 1 Name

Gregory Carrier

Paper Title 2

Senescence and Performance in Northern European Literature

Presenter 2 Name

John P. Sexton

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Bridgewater State Univ.

Paper Title 3

When the Tongue is Still

Presenter 3 Name

Kisha G. Tracy

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Fitchburg State Univ.

Paper Title 4

Metaphorics of Disability in Old English

Presenter 4 Name

Leah Pope Parker

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Paper Title 5

Etymology and Gender of "Lunatic"

Presenter 5 Name

Cameron Hunt McNabb

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Southeastern Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1005

Description

When medievalists describe disability, we tend to
use spoken speech to convey our ideas around what disability is
(or is not). This prioritization of speech implicitly obscures
non-verbal and alternative means of communication that are either
a result of disability or non-verbal means of communicating that
a person has a disability. This roundtable proposes to examine
the non-verbal communication strategies that were employed to
represent disability. Tory V. Pearman

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Disability as Language: Rethinking Communication in the Middle Ages (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1005

When medievalists describe disability, we tend to
use spoken speech to convey our ideas around what disability is
(or is not). This prioritization of speech implicitly obscures
non-verbal and alternative means of communication that are either
a result of disability or non-verbal means of communicating that
a person has a disability. This roundtable proposes to examine
the non-verbal communication strategies that were employed to
represent disability. Tory V. Pearman