major conference examining disability entitled Genetics and Difference: Politics and
Poetics of the Representation of Disability, is being held at Coventry University on
Wednesday, 3 March.
Organised by Dr Bob Bennett and Peter Playdon of the Universitys Communication,
Culture and Media Subject Group, the conference is being supported by Coventry Business
School. In addition the local branches of Barclaycall and Axa Assurance are providing
bursaries for local disabled delegates on request.
It will examine the themes of genetics, eugenics and difference with a contribution
from Tom Shakespeare, of the University of Leeds, co-author of The Sexual Politics of
Disability, and a major figure in the field of disability research.
"With disability advocates contributing to government policy, talk of genetic
testing in the workplace and public outrage over the comments of Glen Hoddle, issues
relating to disability have never had a higher public profile", comments conference
organiser Dr Bob Bennett. "There has rarely been a more appropriate time to bring
people together to discuss how disability is represented in the media and beyond."
The conference will break with the traditional idea of a purely academic event, and
will include video screenings, photography and mural-making sessions which will all
examine issues of the representation of disability.
Coventry Universitys Disability Officer Helen Bogusz said: