Disability History Month Lecture: Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History – Dr Jaipreet Virdi
18:00-19:30, 3 November 2021
Dr Jaipreet Virdi explores the experience of hearing loss, and attempts to ‘cure’ deafness in Anglo-American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. She shows that deafness was a widespread experience, and examines the evolution of hearing technologies – particularly hearing aids – as objects of desire as well as assistive technology.
This is a free online event. Please register on Eventbrite to receive joining instructions. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disability-history-month-hearing-happiness-deafness-cures-in-history-tickets-172685566177
BSL interpretation and captions provided.
Dr Jaipreet Virdi is Assistant Professor in History at the University of Delaware. She is an award -winning historian of deafness, technology and medicine, and a disability activist. Her first book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History raises pivotal questions about deafness in American society and the endless quest for a cure.