Past Event

Disability and the Archive: Teresa Deevy in Context

February 10, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Event Description

Dramatists, scholars, and disability activists have started taking an interest in a deaf Irishwoman who was once considered the premiere national playwright of her day: Teresa Deevy. Interest in her life and works has taken different shapes, from those drawn to her representations of women living circumscribed lives in 1930s Ireland to those who want to recover a neglected history of deaf artistry. In a series of panels, we ask what it means to look in the archives for a writer as elusive as Deevy. Where do we find information about Deevy and her work, and how is this quest inflected by the needs of the present moment? This symposium will include discussions between archivists, scholars, theatre historians, disability activists, performance artists, and directors to examine the various ways of finding Deevy in a historical record that has too often blotted her out. 

Event Speakers

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Event Information

Free and open to the public; RSVP required. Please visit the event webpage or email [email protected] for additional information. 

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.