Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

Disability-research events in November

Just a little reminder that on Wednesday 10th November 2010 (4.30pm – 6.00pm) Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) will be discussing ‘The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology?’. 

Everyone is welcome, but please contact Pam Hibbard at p.hibberd@shu.ac.uk to reserve a place. The seminar will take place in Room 10310 (Third Floor) Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

The next DRF seminar will be held on Monday 15th November 2010 (12pm-2pm) in Room 10111 (First Floor) Arundel Building, Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.

The programme is as follows:

  • ‘Professional Development of SENTAs: Giving voice to TAs working with children with autism in mainstream primary schools’ ~ Alison Hall (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • ‘Playing grown-up: Troubling transition’ ~ Jenny Slater (Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Information on upcoming disability research seminars and events can be found here.

Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘5 ways to get more involved’ in DRF which can be found here.

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DRF News

DRF – 5 ways to get more involved

The DRF blog is now just over a month old and is proving a great way to disseminate the details of DRF seminars and related events as well providing a much needed virtual network of disability researchers. 

Being part of an established network of scholars can often help with research funding bids as well as job applications but, far more importantly, it is the coming together of interested and engaged people from all over the world which makes the DRF something special.

 It is in such a spirit that I share with you 5 ways to get more involved:

  1. click on the Sign me up! button to the right. You will receive email alerts of new postings, which will include reminders of upcoming events and the details of Call for Papers as new conferences are announced. 
  2. offer to present your work at an upcoming DRF seminar in Sheffield – currently, there are slots available in December and February (see our Events section for more details) but we will respond to demand if more people would like space to disseminate/discuss their work. 
  3. submit brief biographical and contact details to be listed in the People section**
  4. update us on your recent published work to be listed in the Publications section**
  5. add comments or suggestions by using the ‘Leave a Comment’ function – for instance, respond to the post or share relevant journal articles 

** Please send to Rebecca Mallett (r.mallett@shu.ac.uk

 With our daily hit rate on the increase, the DRF web space is the place to be!

Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

‘Critical Autism’ Seminar Day is announced

A free seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum will be held on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 (9.45am-4.30pm).

This day brings together an international group of researchers and calls for papers that will address diverse issues including:

  • deconstructing pathologies and ‘abnormalities’
  • concepts of fear and fascination
  • exploring neurodiversity
  • autism as/and celebrity
  • ‘autism industries’ and the commodification of impairment

The confirmed keynote speaker is  Anne McGuire (Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada).  Anne’s doctoral research analyses the social significance and productive effects of cultural representations of autism produced and circulated by individuals and collectives engaged in autism advocacy in the contemporary West.

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st December 2010
  • Deadline for attendance: 6th January 2011                                                                                          

To submit abstracts, please contact:  k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

More details can be found in our Events section.

Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

Seminar on ‘Disability Studies and Psychology’ is announced

On Wednesday 10th November 2010 (4.30pm – 6.00pm) Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) will be discussing ‘The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology?.  The seminar will take place in Room 10310 (Third Floor) Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

Everyone is welcome, but please contact Pam Hibbard at p.hibberd@shu.ac.uk to reserve a place.

More information (including an abstract) can be found in our Events section.

DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds

Read all about it in… the Global South to North Disability Research Network E-Newsletter

The Global South to North Disability Research Network E-Newsletter is now on its 6th edition and continues to provide informal, off the press and informative monthly details of global south and global north disability research activities, which might be of interest to audiences including disability activists, organisations of disabled people, students, researchers, policy makers, families, practitioners and local authorities.

The e-newsletters are produced via collaboration between the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC) at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Breakthrough UK Ltd. 

A copy of the current newsletter and previous editions are available at:
http://www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk/Resources/drn

DRF News, Policy and Legislation

How did disability do in the UK’s ‘bonfire of quangos’?

Yesterday, the UK government announced the details of, what has been termed, a ‘bonfire of quangos’ in a move to improve accountability and, crucially, to cut costs. It will axe 192 of public bodies while merging another 118.  ‘Quangos’ is a term for “quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations” which are funded by, but operate at arm’s-length from, government.  In terms of disability-related bodies, the status of the following quangos is as follows…

Equality and Human Rights Commission – to be retained (but with a focus on core functions and ‘better use of taxpayers money’)

Equality 2025 – will be retained and will advise on areas covered by other relevant bodies that cease to exist.

Disability Employment Advisory Committee – abolished (transfer function to Equality 2025)

Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board – abolished (transfer of functions to Department for Work and Pensions and Equality 2025)

Disabled Passengers Transport Advisory Committee – abolished (Department for Transport will consider other ways to consult disabled passengers)

General Social Care Council – abolished

Independent Living Fund – still under consideration (‘options being considered’)

DRF News

The Lord Browne Report and possible implications for Disability Studies in UK?

The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which was launched on the 9th November 2009, was finally published today. The review was tasked with making recommendations to the UK Government on the future of fees policy and financial support for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We draw attention to page 25 of the report, there is a distinction drawn between ‘priority’ courses (e.g. medicine, engineering, science) and ‘cheaper courses’.  Is Disability Studies in UK a ‘priority course’?

DRF News, Events and Conferences

Didn’t go to the UK Disability Studies Conference 2010?

In September 2010, Lancaster University hosted the fifth international disability studies conference.  Over 140 paper and 20 posters were presented with keynote addresses given by Liz Crow, Caroline Gooding, Ruth Gould, Alana Officer and Adolf Ratzka.

For the first time, webcasts of the keynote sessions were available – these have been archived and can now be accessed here.  Of particular interest will be Liz Crow’s ‘Resistance: Transforming the Future’ where she talks about her work – which explores the Nazi programme that targeted disabled people – and discusses what it means to create new cultural representations of disability as tools for change.  Archived materials (such as PowerPoint slides) from the panel sessions are also available here.

DRF News, Events and Conferences

Transformative Difference: Disability, Culture and the Academy – Call for Papers

The Transformative Difference: Disability, Culture and the Academy (7th-8th September 2011) hosted by the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University is now calling for papers.

It is now widely recognised that a critical engagement with disability has the power to transform how we research and teach in a range of disciplinary areas – from education to medicine to the humanities and beyond.  At the same time, conceptions of disability (and ability) are constantly changing, with shifting attitudes, new models, and the work of activists and educators to create a more equal society.  This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore how disability may function as a “transformative difference” in the academy, as well as how changing attitudes towards disability might have an impact on a range of subject areas.  

Abstracts (max 250 words) with a brief biography (max 150 words) are invited for submission by April 4th 2011. Papers from postgraduate students are especially welcome. 

Enquiries to: Irene Rose at Liverpool Hope University: rosei@hope.ac.uk 

More information can be found in our Events section.

DRF News, Events and Conferences

Reminder of next DRF Seminar – 14th October 2010

Just a little reminder that 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

There are still slots available for:

  • Tuesday 14th December 2010: 12pm-2pm
  • Tuesday 15th February 2011: 1pm-3pm

If you, or anybody you know, would like to present at a DRF seminar please click here or email Rebecca Mallett (r.mallett@shu.ac.uk).  Alternatively, let us know if there is an issue/article/book you’d like to facilitate a round table discussion on. 

More information on how DRF seminars work can be found here.

Information on upcoming DRF seminars and events can be found here.