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Monday 4th February 2013


Lecture Theatre 5, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

'Alzheimer's Culture' Critical Disability Studies: research seminar

Lucy Burke is Principal Lecturer in the English Department at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also the Department's Disability Coordinator and a member of the Faculty and University Disability Networks.

Her research interests are focused on literary and cultural Disability Studies and the Medical Humanities. Her particular specialism is the cultural representation of cognitive disability and the ethical significance of literary discourse in this context. Her research seminar will address political and ethical questions that are raised by fictional and biographical accounts of Alzheimer's disease and, more broadly speaking, the ways in which contemporary literary and cinematic texts explore bioethical problems, from organ transplants to the termination of life support.

Lucy works closely with a number of disability arts groups including Outside Centre (Wolverhampton) and Full Circle Arts (Manchester). She has also worked on the BBC Radio 4's Social Care strand and has strong connections with the British Diversity Forum. She has been at the forefront of the development of literary and cultural disability studies in the UK organising the international conference Present Difference: The Cultural Production of Disability in 2010. Her books Representing Alzheimer's (Liverpool University Press) and The Idiots (Palgrave) are forthcoming.

All events will be held in Lecture Theatre 5 in the Geoffrey Manton Building (on Oxford Road, opposite the Aquatics Centre); they are free of charge and open to the public. Following an informal reception in the Atrium from 5.30, the lectures and seminars will start at 6.00 and conclude at approximately 7.30. Please check our website for any updates closer to the date and RSVP by sending an email with your name and, if applicable, institutional affiliation to

For more information, please contact:

The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research


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