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: r.mallett@shu.ac.uk or 0114 225 4669 or Jenny Slater: j.slater@shu.ac.uk or 0114 225 6691.

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