Reminder: next DRF Monday 15th April, with Harriet Cooper and Nick Hodge

Details of the next DRF to be held on next Monday 15th April 2013 11am-1pm in Arundel 10111

Slot 1: Harriet Cooper (Birkbeck College, University of London) No Time to Lose:Childhood Time following the Diagnosis of an Impairment in Babyhood

How does the diagnosis of an impairment in babyhood affect the baby’s experience of time? When a doctor delivers a prognosis which maps out a particular kind of future for the baby, how does this pronouncement interrupt the flow of childhood time? How does the time of the present, and that of the future, feel for the child in question? This paper will explore these questions by reflecting on my own (mediated) experience of the diagnosis of my physical impairment at the age of eleven months.

If the ‘normal’ child represents futurity, as Lee Edelman has suggested in his critique of the hegemony of “reproductive futurism” (2004: 2), what is the place of the disabled child, who “might not even have a future at all” (Mollow 2012: 288)? Mollow suggests that the disabled child is in fact brought inside the dominant order via the ideology of “‘rehabilitative futurism’” (2012: 288), which contains within it the ableist fantasy that, through rehabilitation, the disabled child can become ‘normal’.

What does it feel like to be the subject of “rehabilitative futurism” before one has words to describe this subjection? This paper offers some personal reflections on how the medical practices of diagnosis and rehabilitation alter the pre-verbal child’s experience of present and future time.

Slot 2: Nick Hodge (Sheffield Hallam University) A Social Model of Behaviour

This paper will evaluate how different models of disability might inform understandings of how people respond to the behaviours of others. It will critique some of the current conceptions of challenging behaviour and suggest how these might be reframed to lead to more respectful and enabling practices within a rights led agenda.

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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