DRF News, Events and Conferences

NNDR Conference 2011 – Call for Papers

Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) Conference (27th-28th May 2011) in Reykjavík, Iceland is now calling for papers.


The NNDR conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists to share and debate research, ideas and developments in the social and cultural dimensions of disability and human rights.

They invite the submission of abstracts for both paper and poster presentations on current research, ideas and developments in disability studies. The conference committee also welcomes abstracts for poster presentations, about the work of organisations, networks and groups which are related to disability studies.


Abstract submission is now open and should be sent by 1st December 2010.  Those successful will be notified by 1st February 2011.


For more information visit the website at: http://www.yourhost.is/nndr2011/nndr-and-national-network-conferences.html



Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

*Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011 – Call for Papers

Many of you will remember the ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’ conference held at MMU in May 2010.  The Call for Papers for the 2011 conference is now available.  The conference is *FREE* and aims to bring together an international group of researchers to address diverse issues including:

  • exploring the cultural and political production of normalcy
  • addressing our obsession with reason and rationality
  • connecting ableism with other hegemonies including heterosexism, racism and ageism
  • analysing the barriers and possibilities of the mundane and extraordinary
  • deconstructing new pathologies and ‘abnormalities’

For more information, please go to the ‘Events’ section.

DRF News, Events and Conferences

Programme for next DRF Seminar announced

The next DRF seminar will be held on Thursday 14th October 2010 (11.30am-1.30pm) in Room 10111 (First Floor) Arundel Building, Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB

The programme is as follows:

  • “What does it mean to research ableism?” ~ Katherine Runswick-Cole and Nick Hodge (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University) 
  • “Interviewing the alternatively organised: Issues in making (and remaking) research interview arrangements” ~ Lizzie Walker (School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield
Critical Theory, DRF News, Publications

Recommended Reads for September

So far, September has been a good month for publications from DRF members. Rebecca Mallett‘s long-awaited piece on disability in British comedy (entitled ‘Claiming Comedic Immunity: Or, What Do You Get When You Cross Contemporary British Comedy with Disability?’) is now out in Review of Disability Studies and Anne McGuire‘s ‘Disability, non-disability and the politics of mourning: Rethinking the ‘we’has just been published by Disability Studies Quarterly.  That particular issue of DSQ is jam-packed with Anne’s University of Toronto colleagues, including another DRF member. Tanya Titchkosky‘s ‘The Not-Yet-Time of Disability in the Bureaucratization of University Life’ will be well worth a read for anyone who has struggled with the joys(!) of ‘disability’ within a university context.

DRF News, Events and Conferences

Hello! Welcome to the Disability Research Forum…

Now into its sixth year, the Disability Research Forum (DRF) fosters informal networks of disability scholars and provide researchers with opportunities to present their work in a friendly and encouraging environment. Welcome to the first post of the new academic year.

Dates for upcoming seminars (2010-2011) are below.  We have tried to vary the day and time of the meetings to allow a range of people to attend. The names of presenters and titles of their papers will be posted here in due course.

# 1       Thurs. 14th October 2010: 11.30am-1.30pm

# 2       Mon. 15th November 2010: 12pm-2pm

# 3       Tues. 14th December 2010: 12pm-2pm

# 4       Tues. 15th February 2011: 1pm-3pm

# 5       Fri. 25th March 2011: 11.30am-1.30pm

# 6       Tues. 12th April 2011: 2pm-4pm

If you, or anybody you know, would like to present at a DRF seminar please click here.  Alternatively, let us know if there is an issue/article/book you’d like to facilitate a round table discussion on. 

Even if you do not intend to present, feel free to come along, listen and share your thoughts.  

These informal seminars are held in Room 10111 (First Floor) Arundel Building, Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.  For lunchtime slots, please feel free to bring your own food and drink.

For more information (including access information) please contact: Dr Rebecca Mallett on r.mallett@shu.ac.uk or 0114 225 4669

This year we are also planning to hold some seminar-days – details of these will follow shortly…

     … and remember 14th-15th September 2011 sees the return of the hugely successful ‘Normalcy and the Mundane’ Conference at MMU.