Children, Familes and Young People

Exploring ‘Children, Families and Disability’ Events

We thought we’d share some more details for the trilogy of *FREE!*events focusing on ‘children, families and disability’ at MMU.   For more information from the organissrs and/or register your attendance please email Katherine Runswick-Cole: k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

Event 1: Debates in Disability Studies Symposium II: Parenting Disabled Children

Date: 16th March 2011 ~ 11am-3.30pm

Venue: New Lecture Theatre, Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

Brief Description:  This symposium is the second in a series of events that will reflect on some of the current theoretical and political debates facing disability studies in the UK. It is free to attend and will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers of disability studies and related subjects and disability activists.

 Confirmed speakers and papers include:

  • ”I just want some peace in my life’: emotional labour and ‘care’ work in mothering a disabled child’ ~ Chrissie Rogers (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • ”Basically I had a baby and it has completely and utterly affected every area of my life’: Saying the unthinkable in disability studies ~Sara Ryan (Oxford University)
  • ‘Response paper’ ~ Katherine Runswick-Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Event 2: Critical Disability Studies Conference: Child, Family and Disability

Date: 5th April 2011 ~ 10am-4pm

Venue: New Lecture Theatre, Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

Brief Description:  Call for Papers: This conference brings together an international group of disability studies researchers. This call for papers seeks contributions around the following areas:

  • Challenging the psychologisation of childhood
  • Making sense of normal and normalcy
  • Making sense of and challenging ableism
  • Questioning concepts of ‘good parenting’
  • Intersections of child, gender, class, ethnicity, ability
  • Exploring policy conceptions of child and disability
  • Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities

Deadline for paper abstracts: 28th February 2011
Deadline for attendance: 31st March 2011

Event 3: ‘Does Every Child Matter, Post-Blair’: The Interconnections of Disabled Childhoods’ – End of Project Conference

Date: 6th April 2011 ~ 10am-4pm

Venue: New Lecture Theatre, Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

Project and conference funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (RES-062-23-1138)

Brief Description:  The aim of this conference is to introduce and discuss the findings of the project: ‘Does Every Child Matter, post-Blair?: The interconnections of disabled childhoods’.  The project has explored what it is like to be a disabled child in post-Blair England.  Findings touch on the following key issues:

  • Children’s voices
  • Parents/carers’ views
  • Enabling professional practice
  • Policy for disabled children
  • Methodological approaches
  • Disabled child in the Coalition era

The conference will include keynotes by: Professor Dan Goodley and Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Janice McLaughlin (Newcastle University) and Dr Angharad Beckett (Leeds University)

Deadline for paper abstracts: 28th February 2011
Deadline for attendance: 31st March 2011  

 

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