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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Disability and Fairy Tales: ​Keeping the magic, confronting the stigma

  • Date: 30th Sep 2024
  • Online
  • Organiser: Disabled Tales
  • Website

The aim of this symposium is to explore the nuances of disability representation in fairy tales, interrogating how writers, storytellers, publishers, teachers and academics use such tales to empower disabled people and preserve the disabled characters that have survived through generations. We’re also interested in the limitations of traditional fairy tales and the ways in which retellings and reinterpretations can challenge the negative or outdated tropes of the genre.

We invite the submission of abstracts for presentations or creative performances (e.g. poetry readings or storytelling) that explore traditional fairy tales or contemporary retellings that centre disability, whether that be sensory, physical, learning, or neurological.

If accepted, your presentation or performance must be up to 20 minutes long and the symposium will take place online using Zoom in February 2025 (time and date TBC).

Please send an abstract of 300-500 words to hello.disabledtales@gmail.com, by 30th September 2024 detailing the title of your presentation or performance and outlining what you intend to cover.

We aim to finalise the symposium programme by November 24th 2025 and will respond to every submission we receive.

We look forward to hearing from you!