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New historical perspectives on women and intellectual disability

Our site has added (19 June 2016) a new paper by M. Lynn Rose, “The Courage of Subordination: Women and Intellectual Disability in Ancient Greece”. According to Rose, “Successful cultivation of the ideal female, especially the aristocratic Greek wife, included characteristics that … Continue reading

19. June 2016 by admin
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Social History of Learning Disability Conference 2016

The Social History of Learning Disability Conference 2016 will take place at The Open University, Milton Keynes, on 7th and 8th July 2016. We are posting below the Call for Papers. Is it still relevant for us to think about and … Continue reading

05. March 2016 by admin
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People with intellectual disabilities on Death Row: a historical perspective

An important new piece of work by Michael Clemente has been published on the links between our interpretation or misinterpretation of history and present-day practice: see http://www.yalelawjournal.org/article/a-reassessment-of-common-law-protections-for-idiots When the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified, common law protections categorically … Continue reading

23. July 2015 by admin
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CALL FOR PAPERS Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives, April 2016

15-16 April 2016 Birkbeck, University of London In 1921, Dr Montagu Lomax published a searing indictment of Prestwich Asylum exposing an entrenched sub-culture of malpractice, negligence and abuse. Recent historical research has shown that many of the same practices were … Continue reading

15. July 2015 by admin
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Call for Papers: Social History of Learning Disability Conference 2015

This annual conference takes place at The Open University, Milton Keynes on 18 and 19 June 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Biography, Life Stories and Life Histories’. For more information contact Claire.Norman@Open.ac.uk  

09. January 2015 by admin
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HLD hosts Patricia A. Clark, The Balance of the Mind: The Experience and Perception of Mental Illness in Antiquity

Preface to Clark Balance of the Mind.complete

18. December 2014 by admin
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Work in Progress 2015

Stef Eastoe is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. The working title of her thesis is ‘The Social History of Idiocy and Imbecility in the Long Nineteenth Century’. Using the institutional archive of Caterham Imbecile Asylum, one of … Continue reading

07. August 2014 by admin
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Historical Archive Project on Community Living, Canada

Since January 2014 the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, a partnership between the University of British Columbia School of Social Work, community living organizations and supporters which seeks to further the inclusion and full citizenship of people with intellectual disabilities, has been convening a Historical … Continue reading

23. July 2014 by admin
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Just published: Murray Simpson’s important new addition to the historical literature

Murray K. Simpson’s Modernity and the Appearance of Idiocy: Intellectual Disability as a Regime of Truth (Edwin Mellen Press) represents a decisive new approach to our understanding of ‘intellectual disability’ as a social and linguistic category. It breaks both with essentialist … Continue reading

22. July 2014 by admin
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History exhibition in Liverpool, 2 May – 13 July 2014

Wicked Fish, a Liverpool-based theatre company, has put together an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool. Running from 2 May to 13 July 2014, it is called “From There to Here: The History of People with Learning difficulties in Merseyside”. … Continue reading

15. April 2014 by chris
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