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CFP: Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: 3rd International Conference

Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: 3rd International Conference

This Year’s Theme: ‘Cripping the norm’

Dates: 26th- 27th June 2012

Where: University of Chester

Keynote confirmed: Dr James Overboe (Associate Professor, Wilfrid Lauier University, Canada) – for details click here; China Mills – – for details click here.   Others TBC.

Jointly-hosted by University of Chester in association with Critical Disability Studies (Manchester Metropolitan University) (MMU) and the Disability Research Forum (Sheffield Hallam University), this conference is now calling for papers.

This 3rd international conference builds on the success of the Normalcy2010 and Normalcy2011 conferences held in Manchester and seeks, again, to bring together an international group of disability studies researchers. Our conference moves to the beautiful Cathedral town of Chester (located on the border of England and Wales).

The call for papers sought contributions around the following areas:

  • 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’
  • celebrating deviations from the norm
  • affirming crip identities and ways of living

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be sent to normalcy2012@hotmail.co.uk no later than… the Extended Deadline Now: 15th May 2012.

Our aim is for this conference to be as inclusive as possible.  We welcome activists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, practitioners and academics to join us. In the spirit of an eco-friendly conference, registered delegates will be sent an e-pack. Details of accommodation near the venue will also be sent to delegates.

This year, to cover costs of refreshment and lunches, we will be charging a flat rate of £75 per delegate. Free registration is still available however for full time students and people currently unemployed. Details of online registration to follow.

Please check out the normalcy2012 website for further details when they emerge: http://normalcy2012.tumblr.com/

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