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Symposium Brave, Poor (and Invisible): The Gatekeepers of Past and Future Cities Live Streaming this week

Friday 20th October 2017, from 10.30am


This symposium will bring together two major national disability projects, Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity and Dissent (the D4D project) and History of Place. This event will expose and explore the often absent voices of disabled people in our collective history as well as our future planning and is part of the Internationally renowned Festival of the Future City. We will also have a series of guest speakers taking part.


For those unable to attend the Symposium in Bristol, we are pleased to say that we will be Live Streaming the whole event. If you would like to join us via the live stream then please use the following link


Please see the below programme for the Symposium.

10.30 – 10:40am Welcome and Opening Remarks – Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme, Screen South.
10.40 – 11:10am Grace Swordy introducing History of Place in Bristol, the ways we engaged local people to explore the history of their city, in particular the absence of disabled people’s voices  in the archive record and how digital gaming and film making workshops have given disabled people a voice in re-interpreting this heritage.
11.10 – 11.20am Questions
11.20 – 11.40am Comfort break and opportunity to play the Brave Poor Things Game/visit Exhibition
11.40 – 12.00pm Sue Moffat Director of Borderlines New Vic Theatre Stoke – Exploring Cultural Animation – how theatre and play can give communities a voice and presence in expressing issues pertinent to them.
12.00 – 12.10pm Questions and opportunity to move into the “collaboratory”
12.10 – 1.30pm Lunch and opportunity to take part in the “collaboratory” and view exhibition
1.30 – 2.05pm Openstorytellers   – ‘The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Fanny Fust: an 18th Century Adventure Story’ explores the life of a young heiress with learning disabilities who lived in and around Bristol in the 18th century, and was abducted for marriage. Her story is tumultuous and resonates with many issues that people with learning disabilities still face today.  They will present what they have learned by researching together – and a “Commission of Lunacy”.
2.05 – 2.25pm Dr Sue Ledger from The Open University and Dr Nicola Grove from The OpenStoryTellers will explore contemporary issues of consent and finding ways for all members of society to participate in their cultural heritage’
2.25 – 2.35pm Questions
2.35 – 3.05pm Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly- Associate Professor in Independent Living Systems - Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE and Designability will demonstrate the ways in which new technology offers the potential for greater agency and presence for disabled people via telepresence.  This session will be co-produced and presented with Miro Griffiths MBE, from Liverpool John Moores University
3.05 – 3.15pm Questions
3.15 – 3.20pm Closing remarks Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme, Screen South.


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