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Dealing with Disability: Ethnographic Observations in Clinical Settings

Starts: 12 June 2013

Dealing with Disability

The MeSC and CIP research groups are hosting an event entitled ‘Dealing with Disability: Ethnographic Observations in Clinical Settings’ on Wednesday June 12th at 14:00-16:30 in the Glamorgan Building, room 0.85. Our speakers for this session will be Tim Banks (SOCSI) and Gareth Thomas (SOCSI).


In his presentation ‘Square Pegs in Round Holes: How Do Acquired Brain Injury Survivors Perform the Role of Patient in Rehabilitation?,’ Tim will consider how the role of patient is configured after acquired brain injury (ABI). He will consider the actors involved and how the relatively unique outcomes of ABI contribute to the success or failure of being patient in this setting. In his presentation 'Picture Perfect: Disability in the Antenatal Clinic,' Gareth will draw on an ethnography of two antenatal clinics to explore how disability - specifically Down's syndrome – is figured as a “risk” and as disturbing expectations of predestined perfection in foetal outcome. He captures how social actors and clinical environments produce a non-perfect imaginary, with Down’s syndrome often amounting to what Taussig (1999) describes as a “public secret.”


If you require any further information with regards to this event or would like to be included on the MeSC mailing list, please contact Gareth Thomas ( or Rebecca Dimond ( All postgraduate students, staff, and researchers are welcome to come along.


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Open To: Postgraduate Students
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