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Tom F. Wright, University of Sussex, “The Inarticulate Citizen Between the First Great Reform Act and 1870”
This talk will present findings from the interdisciplinary AHRC project ‘Speaking Citizens’. I will analyse the role that ideas about “inarticulacy” and speechlessness played in the framing of reformist debates over the franchise and education between 1832 and the Forster Act of 1870, focusing on the writings of Carlyle, and touching on Oliver Twist and Felix Holt. My argument will be to show how this earlier period of cultural ferment around the idea of the “inarticulate citizen” can inform contemporary c21st debates over UK education reform and pedagogies known as “oracy.”

Louise Creechan, University of Durham, “Reading Difficulty and Disability categorisation”
Abstract tbc.

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