Disability Research Forum 2014-15 Seminar Schedule (and call for presenters)

The DRF blog (launched in Sept 2010) now has 1370 subscribers from across the globe. As a virtual network of disability scholars, researchers, disabled people and disability activists it has established itself as the place to be.

Today, we are pleased to announce the seminar schedule for 2014-2015. More information on the venue can be found here. Please note, although the bulding is the same as usual, some slots differ from our regular room. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind all presenters of the Accessible Presenting Info here.

As you’ll see, there are still slots available. If you, or anybody you know, would like to present at a DRF seminar (slots available are shown below) please do get in touch. For that, or any other questions, please email Rebecca Mallett: r.mallett@shu.ac.uk or Jenny Slater: j.slater@shu.ac.uk

We will be updating the timetable as we go along – so please watch this space (you can sign up to email alerts in the box on the right hand side of this webpage, and also follow us on Twitter @shudisability).

Wednesday 22nd October, 10-12, Room 100009

Slot 1: *** Available ***

Slot 2: Lauran Doak, Sheffield Hallam University: Augmentative & Alternative Communication: is there a ‘best fit’ model of disability?

Abstract: Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) is a field of educational and clinical practice which aims to provide preverbal individuals with a means to augment or replace spoken language.  Depending on the individual’s abilities and requirements, this may involve manual signing, graphic symbols, communication boards, eye-gaze technology, or speech-generating devices.  With regard to models of disability, Gustavsson (2004) provides a useful overview of four broad schools of thought: individual essentialism (the ‘medical model’); contextual essentialism (the ‘social model’); constructionism (related to Cultural Disability Studies) and relative interactionism.  At present there is very little theoretical discussion of the relationship between AAC and the first three, although multiple authors have converged on the possibility of situating AAC within the fourth category of relative interactionism. In this presentation I will explore the possible relationship between AAC provision and each theoretical approach to disability.

Thursday 20th November, 12-2, Room 10111

Slot 1: John Rees, Independent Scholar: Care – essence of our being?

Abstract: Care: a philosophical and political concept that is consciously acted upon in life – why do we care? We have the word that completes the thoughts that with that word we shape our practice. Our practice then completes that process in which thought is enriched and is completed into a rich and engaging intervention into the lives of others, a dialectic of love precisely because of the contradictions thrown up by care under the rule of capital.

Slot 2:  Jill Smith, Sheffield Hallam University: Imagining otherwise for autistic children’s play

Abstract: TBC

Wednesday 10th December, 10-12, Room 100009

Slot 1: ***Available***

Slot 2: ***Available***

Tuesday 10th February, 2-4, Room 10111

Slot 1: ***Available***

Slot 2: ***Available***

Wednesday 25th March, 1-3, Room 10111

Slot 1: Kirsty Liddiard, University of Sheffield: Title TBC

Abstract: TBC

Slot 2: ***Available***

Tuesday 28rd April, 10-12, Room 10111

Slot 1: ***Available***

Slot 2: ***Available***

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