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CFP: Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity: April 29th-30th 2013 (Honolulu. Hawaii, USA)

Don’t miss out on the 29th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity2013: Being in Community, April 29th – 30th, 2013 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Formally called the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Pacrim is one of the world’s top rated international educational offerings. The 2013 Call for Proposals has been extended until 7th January 2013.

They are looking for your creative ideas to build the just, sustainable and inclusive future we all want! They have many topic areas relevant to educators and researchers including Teach to Reach, Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Education, Post-Secondary Education and much more.

To learn more visit: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu, email prinfo@hawaii.edu or call us at (808)956-7539

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Reminder of next DRF Seminar: Welcoming the UG-DRF and Katherine Runswick-Cole

A reminder that the next DRF seminar will be next Tuesday 18th December 2012 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

The first half of the session will welcome Michelle Darby and Lucia Coello-Lage from our new Undergraduate DRF, before Katherine Runswick-Cole (Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University) will give a paper on:

Title: (Neuro)diversity: Pros and cons for (neoliberal) social policy

Abstract: This paper sets out to explore the term ‘neurodiversity’ and to examine the potential and limitations of ‘a politics of neurodiversity’ (Singer, 1999) in a neoliberal social policy context.  This work in progress seeks to problematise the notions of neurodiversity and neo-liberal social policy and to explore the possibilities of a politics of dismodernity (Davis, 2003).

Venue: Room 10212 in the Arundel Building, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University (More information on the venue can be found here).

There are still slots available in to present in 2013, so if you, or anybody you know, would like to present at a DRF seminar please do get in touch.  Alternatively, let us know if there is an issue/article/book on which you’d like to facilitate discussion.  Please email Jenny Slater: j.slater@shu.ac.uk

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The Launch of the Undergraduate Disability Research Forum

We’re excited to annouance that tomorrow will see the launch of Sheffield Hallam’s Undergraduate Disability Reseach Forum (UG-DRF). As a sister project running alongside the DRF, UG-DRF will provide a space for undergraduates involved in and/or interested in Disability Research to share, discuss and receive feedback on their own disability research.

Rebecca Mallett and Jenny Slater, along with third year Education and Disability Studies students, Michelle Darby and Lucia Coello-Lage, will chair the first meeting on Tuesday 4th December 2012 which will involve third year Education Studies Students sharing their disability-focused dissertation research ideas, ‘speed dating’ style!

The second UG-DRF event will be with a DRF session on December 18th 2012 where Michelle and Lucia will talk about their own research. This seminar will also welcome Katherine Runwick-Cole to speak on (Neuro)diversity: Pros and cons for (neoliberal) social policy. For more on this session click here.

Watch this space for more on the UG-DRF.

There are still slots available in to present in 2013, so if you, or anybody you know, would like to present at a DRF seminar please do get in touch.  Alternatively, let us know if there is an issue/article/book on which you’d like to facilitate discussion.  Please email Jenny Slater: j.slater@shu.ac.uk