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Call for Papers: ‘Time for Change? Child, Youth, Family and Disability Conference’, MMU


Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Hathersage Road, Manchester, UK, M13 0JA

10.30 – 4.00pm, 18th & 19th June, 2013

The aim of the conference is to provide a space for disabled children, young people, family members and allies(including practitioners) to share their ideas, knowledge and expertise and to celebrate disabled children and young people’s lives.  We would like to invite disabled children, young people, their parents and carers (we would like to include people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments as well as those people with mental health issues), as well as activists and academics in the field of disability studies and childhood studies to present at and to attend the event.  This year’s conference theme is ‘Time for Change?’  We are inviting contributors to talk about changes in the lives of children, young people and their families and suggest that you might like to address some of the following questions:

  • what has changed?
  •  how have you been involved in changing lives?
  • what changes would you like to see?
  • what are the barriers to and opportunities for change?

Day One will include accessible presentations and discussion points as well as opportunities to take part in workshop activities (further details to follow).

Day Two will include more formal presentations but we will particularly welcome presentations or discussion papers that tell a story, share a skill, some information or research in ways that try to be as accessible and creative as possible – for example, that use a range of presentations styles and media including photography, video and artwork.


To book your place visit:

We ask that you please register, stating any access requirements, two weeks before the event.


Please send us a short description of the ideas for your presentation by 10th May, 2013.

Travel & Parking

Travel information available at:

Parking is not available at Gaskell (except for blue badge holders) but there are car parks nearby, or catch the 147 bus from Piccadilly Station, ask for the Hathersage Road stop.


PLEASE NOTE: as this is a FREE event, we will not be providing refreshments.  Please bring your own or it will be possible to purchase food at the campus refectory.


For more information please contact: or 0161 247 2906.

Critical Theory, DRF News

Announcing ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane*** Sept, 2013: Sheffield, UK

As some of you may already know, at yesterday’s DRF seminar we had the privilege of announcing the date and details of the next ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane*** Conference.  See below for further details.

Event: 4th Annual International Conference ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane***

Date/Place: Tues. 3rd – Wed. 4th September 2013 – Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Hosted by: Dept. of Education, Childhood and Inclusion + Disability Research Forum, Sheffield Hallam University in association with University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University + the University of Sheffield.

Conference organising committee: Dan Goodley (UoS); Nick Hodge (SHU); Rebecca Mallett (SHU); Cassie Ogden (Univ of Chester); Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU); Jenny Slater (SHU).

Title: Precarious Positions: Encounters with Normalcy

Call For Papers:

Conference Enquiries:

Conference Registration: to book a place please visit

Printable Poster: Normlacy 2013 Poster

Keep up to date and join the debate on twitter #normalcy2013


Reminder: the next DRF themed seminar is next week – Dan Goodley and Mark Haydon-Laurelut, ‘What is Critical Disability Studies, and what does it mean for practitioners?’

The next DRF will be a themed Seminar with Professor Dan Goodley (Department of Education, University of Sheffield, UK), and Mark Haydon-Laurelut (University of Portsmouth, UK), entitled:

**What is Critical Disability Studies, and what does it mean for Practitioners?**

Date: 13th February 2013 (Weds) 4.30pm-6.30pm in Arundel 10212

Slot 1: Dan Goodley (Department of Education, University of Sheffield, UK): What is critical disability studies?

Abstract: Recently there has been discussion about the emergence of critical disability studies (Campbell, 2009; Shildrick, 2009; Meekosha and Shuttleworth, 2009; Goodley, 2011; Morgan, 2012; Shildrick, 2012). In this paper I provide an inevitably partial and selective account of this trans-disciplinary space through reference to a number of emerging insights including theorizing through materialism; bodies that matter; inter/trans-sectionality; global disability studies and self and Other. I briefly disentangle these themes and suggest that while we may well start with disability we often never end with it as we engage with other transformative arenas including feminist, critical race and queer theories. Yet, a critical disability studies reminds us of the centrality of disability when we consider the politics of life itself. In this sense, then, disability becomes entangled with other forms of oppression and revolutionary responses. I will finish with some thoughts on the recent backlash to critical disability studies by some misguided critics who peddle an anti-theoretical stance while firmly holding to some implicit theories of their own.

Slot 2: Mark Haydon-Laurelut (University of Portsmouth, UK): Critical disability studies: implications for practitioner research and therapeutic practice in services for adults with intellectual disabilities

Abstract: A critical orientation unsettles clinical, therapeutic and agency practices more generally, via it’s locating objects of knowledge in these spaces such as ‘Challenging behaviour’, ‘Therapy’, or ‘Pathological demand avoidance syndrome’, as made products of particular social world. Critical disability studies (CDS) explores the creation of and resistance to disablement and disabling social worlds. In this talk I will reflect on some of the implications of my engagement with CDS as a therapist and researcher.

Venue: The seminar will be held in the Arundel Building, 122 Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.  For a map of City Campus click here.

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 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.   For lunchtime slots, please feel free to bring your own food and drink.

We aim to be accessible and have produced some guidelines of which we would like presenters to be mindful – these can be accessed here: Accessible Presenting

To offer to present, facilitate a discussion or for more detailed access information please contact: Rebecca Mallett: or 0114 225 4669 or Jenny Slater: or 0114 225 6691.