Deafness in Renaissance Europe

In Featured Videos|28 November 2023|By Roasmund Oats

Dr Rosamund Oates(Manchester Metropolitan University)

talks about her work with young people with autism, using the story of Hercules and classical myths.  

Dr Rosamund Oates gives a lecture on deafness in early modern Europe (1500-1750) to mark UK Disability History Month 2023.

Dr Oates explores the experiences of deaf people in this period.  Challenging popular views about the exclusion of deaf people in this period, she shows that there legal and religious procedures to include deaf people were widespread, but they were often ignored.  She also provides a new perspective on the Renaissance in Europe by demonstrating the contributions of deaf artists to important artistic movements in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

A portrait image of Rosamund Oats