Data inizio
1 gennaio 2022
Durata (mesi) 
Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Responsabili (o referenti locali)
Battisti Chiara , Brunetti Simona , Fiorato Sidia
Parole chiave
disability studies, Health Humanities, literature, film, theatre, performance

The project aims at exploring disability within the field of disability studies and health humanities with a focus on its cultural, discursive, and linguistic dimension, as well as on the performance of disability as both a culturally constructive process and an artistic and heuristic event deeply rooted in our understanding of the human. Building on a broad conception of performance, the project will explore the multiple meanings of disability: disability as ‘performance’ in everyday life, as a metaphor and/or an issue within drama and filmic texts, novels, and poetry and as the work and stage practices of disabled performing artists. The project calls into question conventional understandings of disability through an interdisciplinary, integrated perspective bringing together disability studies/ health humanities, and theatrical, filmic, cognitive, cultural and translation studies, as well as linguistics and philosophy. It thus aims at responding to the challenge represented by the disabled body to theoretical notions of ‘performativity’; to the many alternative strategies and modalities of self-expression and perception/representation of reality; and to reflect upon the central role of performance to the formation of dis/able identities. Strictly connected areas of research include: history of medicine, medicine and theatre, communicative impairment, identification and estrangement through acting, theories of catharsis, empathy, theory of mind, fictional worlds, affect studies and literary and film criticism.


Partecipanti al progetto

Chiara Battisti
Professore associato
Silvia Bigliazzi
Professore ordinario
Simona Brunetti
Professore associato
Serena Dal Maso
Denis Delfitto
Professore ordinario
Sidia Fiorato
Professore associato
Chiara Melloni
Professore associato
Emanuel Stelzer
Ricercatore a tempo determinato

Collaboratori esterni

Maria Vender
Università di Verona
Cecilia Beecher Martins
University of Lisbon Faculty of Letters
Marta Soares
ISCSP- University of Lisbon
Aree di ricerca coinvolte dal progetto
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Critical Theory & Poetics
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Cultural Studies and Mentalities
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Literature (General): Comparative literature  (DFLL)
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Literature (General): Comparative literature  (DLLS)
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone