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Those They Called Idiots: the idea of the disabled mind from 1700 to the present day

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Venue: Online

You are invited to the online launch of Simon Jarrett’s acclaimed new book, Those They Called Idiots: the idea of the disabled mind from 1700 to the present day (Reaktion Books).

 

6.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 28th January 2021

Online. To register contact Katy Pettit k.pettit@bbk.ac.uk

Jarrett’s study of the history of the people known as ‘idiots’ in the past and ‘people with learning disabilities’ today has been described as ‘mesmerizing’ (Joanna Bourke), ‘magisterial’ (Daily Telegraph) and a ‘humane history… elegant and provocative’ (David Turner)

The launch will be chaired by Birkbeck historian Julia Laite, and will include an interview with Simon Jarrett by Professor Joanna Bourke, a contribution by author and journalist Saba Salman (author of Made Possible: stories of success by people with learning disabilities - in their own words) and an ‘in conversation’ discussion by leading theatre director and writer Stephen Unwin and author/researcher/parent activist Sara Ryan.

 Reaktion Books will be offering discounted copies on the night

This event shall be recorded; by registering you consent to being recorded.

 

 

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