An Upcoming Lecture

27 Jan

Hi, all. My English Department colleague Robert McRuer sends word of a special lecture that may be of interest to some UHP students. Here are the details:

The Department of English, the Program in Women’s Studies, and the University Writing Program are pleased to announce a special lecture:

Entangling the Discourse of Choice:
“Assisted Dying” and Representations of Severe Disability

Kateřina Kolářová
Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Charles University in Prague

Friday, February 5, 3-4:30 PM
Rome Hall 760
George Washington University

Professor Kolářová critiques the discourse of individual choice that shapes the debate on assisted dying. The discourse of choice calls upon specific heteronormative as well as ableist notions to re-configure notions of sociality, relationality, responsibility, and care. Case studies include German legislation regarding the “patient’s will,” British media coverage of the “voluntary death” of a young rugby player, and the Spanish film The Sea Inside.

I hope to see some of you there, and I would welcome thoughts on the lecture to be posted afterward on the blog! Maria Frawley

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