Seminar: Conversation Analysis (CA) and Intellectual Disabilities: Dealing with day-to-day participants’ concerns

Critical and Community Psychology Research Group MMU Seminar

Wednesday, 2.00pm – 5.00 pm 22nd July, 2015 BR G.16, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

Travel details: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/travel/cycling-walking/birley_fields_route.pdf

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conversation-analysis-ca-and-intellectual-disabilities-dealing-with-day-to-day-participants-concerns-tickets-17242863870

Chris Walton, Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Lancaster

Profile: http://www.research.lancs.ac.uk/portal/en/people/chris-walton(2b55a1dc-ec2a-4645-84a5-98c4941cf231).html

Chris Walton will demonstrate the value of applying CA to naturally occurring interactions in several research settings in NHS social care services for people with intellectual disabilities.  His research takes up a range of issues:  the promotion of choice, the pursuit of informal interactions (hanging out), how displays of affect are understood, and some ways in which gender is made relevant.  He will demonstrate how video and audio recordings form the basis of conversation analysis and his talk will provide an opportunity for the audience to engage with the data and the possibilities of CA-based work first hand.

The session will be facilitated by Jack Levinson, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Researcher, Disability Studies, School of Education, University of Sheffield; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, City College of New York, City University of New York

Profile: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/Jack-Levinson.cfm

Jack Levinson will present a critical overview of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as they developed in American sociology from the 1960s and their use in disability studies including his own research.  These related empirical approaches are based on phenomenology and offer a valuable alternative to conventional assumptions about objectivity and methods in social science.

For more information please contact k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk


Event: “Next steps for SEND” (London, UK: Oct 2015)

Event: Next steps for SEND: implementing the Code of Practice, broadening provision and improving outcomes from 0-25 years

Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Location: Central London

***This Event is CPD Certified***

Guest of Honour: Jane Friswell (Chief Executive, Nasen)

The focus for this conference will be the future for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy and follows the introduction of the new SEND Code of Practice in September 2014.

Delegates will consider the impact of the Code of Practice and the range of new support available to families, including the ‘Local Offer’ and personal budgets. Interested parties will also reflect on how the reforms are working in practice, as well as implementation issues such as the transition from SEN statements to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, which will provide wrap-around support up to the age of 25.

Further planned sessions examine wider issues related to support into adulthood, including measures to improve post-16 provision and widen access to further education, university and employment.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from Jane Friswell, Chief Executive, Nasen and Sue Bott, Director of Policy and Development, Disability Rights UK.

Alison Boulton, Chief Executive, The Association of National Specialist Colleges (Natspec); Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal, Northampton College, Northamptonshire; Simon Grant, Headteacher, Baginton Fields School, West Midlands; Eirwen Grenfell-Essam, Chair, Network 81; Beth Grossman, Interim Head of Policy and Research, Scope; Chris Harrison, Group Manager, SEND Policy and Provision, Nottinghamshire County Council; Gill Hoar, Head of School Place Planning and Access, SEND Reform Lead, Oldham Council; Melinda Nettleton, Manager, SEN Legal and Co-Author, Special Needs and Legal Entitlement; Graham Quinn, Principal, New Bridge School, Greater Manchester; Dr Amelia Roberts, Lecturer in Professional Development, Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT), Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, University College London and Heather Stack, Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Local Offer have also agreed to speak.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.

To view the full agenda or book a place please visit here


Free Seminar: Colonising Madness: Postcolonial theory within Critical Disability Studies, Mad Studies, and Critical (Educational) Psychology

14th September, University of Sheffield

This is a free event. You can book tickets here

Colonising Madness: Postcolonial theory within Critical Disability Studies, Mad Studies, and Critical (Educational) Psychology

Organised by China Mills and Dan Goodley, at the Critical Education and Psychology Centre for the Human (CEPCH), at Sheffield University’s School of Education

 Within Critical Disability Studies, Mad Studies, and Critical (Educational) Psychology, (post)colonial theory is increasingly being put to use. This work surrounds us with calls to decolonize education, disability, (global) mental health, methodologies, and more. It implies that the ableism and sanism enshrined in education, models of disability and ‘mental disorder’ from the global North, and the psy-disciplines more generally, are colonial: that they have historically been and continue to be tools of colonialism, and/or that they themselves colonize lived realities and ways of life. Postcolonial theory is also used to illuminate how intersecting forms of oppression and discrimination may be inscribed on people’s bodies, psyches and spirits, in multiple ways and across generations. And it is also used to read resistance.

This event emerges from this contested space and aims to enable a group of interdisciplinary scholars, activists and postgraduate researchers, to come together to discuss and critically reflect on the use of (post)colonial theory and discourses of (de)colonization within their own work and lives. The workshop will be framed around, though not exclusive to, a series of questions:

  • How can postcolonial activism and scholarship be put to work within Critical Disability Studies, Critical Psychology, and Mad Studies.
  • Colonialism is not one thing. It comes in many different shapes and sizes depending on different historical trajectories – from ‘civilising’, to eradicating and erasing, indigenous peoples and ways of life. Do these different types of colonialism affect how we speak about colonialism within the social sciences and humanities? Do they impact upon our attempts at research that is decolonizing, anti-oppressive and social justice oriented?
  • Do ableism and sanism, and the institutions that perform them, colonize? Or are they distinct forms of oppression that are interlaced with colonialism?
  • What about people and populations who are both psychiatrized and colonized?
  • Can and should we use colonization as a metaphor for other forms of oppression? And should we use decolonization as a metaphor in wider movements for social justice?

At this workshop speakers will share how they put postcolonial scholarship ‘to work’. Speakers include; Muna Abdi (University of Sheffield), Shaun Grech (The Critical Institute, Malta), Bruce Cohen (University of Auckland), Bill Penson (UCLAN), Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield) and China Mills (University of Sheffield). Talks will be interspersed with short five minute ‘provocations’ (questions, debates, anxieties) from scholars and activists around the world. This event actively seeks to promote the work of postgraduate researchers and activists, alongside other forms of scholarship, and a limited number of bursaries to cover travel expenses are available.

Please contact China Mills china.mills@sheffield.ac.uk (no later than July 1st), if you’d like to share a provocation, apply for a bursary, and to let us know how we can make the workshop accessible for you.

We look forward to seeing you in September.


Imagining Disability Futurities, Proliferating Dis-topias: An International Symposium

Sheffield, Monday 20th July

This event is FREE but you need to book a ticket, here.

Come and join us for an interactive and informal session featuring a collection of digital stories (short films) created by women living with disability and difference – made as part of Project Revision (http://projectrevision.ca)

The representational history of disabled people can largely be characterized as one of being put on display or hidden away. Self-representations have been a powerful part of the disability rights and culture movement, but recently scholars have analysed the ways in which these run the risk of creating a ‘single story’ that centres the experiences of white, western, physically disabled men. Here we introduce and theorize with Project Re•Vision, our arts-based research project that resists this singularity by creating and centring, without normalizing, representations that have previously been relegated to the margins. From research creation of short videos made by women living with disability and differences, in this talk we argue for new disability futures (dis-topias) that hinge upon a more radically conceived body politic.

Please see here to learn more about Project Revision: http://projectrevision.ca

Check out our latest Open Access article, Disability at the edges of representation, in Disability and Society, here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09687599.2015.1037950

Project Revision includes:

Dr. Carla Rice, College of Social and Applied Sciences, and Director/Founder of Project ReVision, University of Guelph, CA

Dr. Eliza Chandler, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, CA

Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Political Studies, Trent University, CA

Dr. Kirsty Liddiard, School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Ingrid Mundel, REDLAB, University of Guelph, CA

Dr. Roxanne Mykitiuk, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, CA

Dr. Manuela Ferrari, School of Health Policy and Management, York University, CA

Andrea LaMarre MSc., Family Relations and Human Development, University of Guelph, CA


10.00 – 10.10      Welcome (Kirsty Liddiard and Dan Goodley)

10.10 – 11.20      Project Revision Part 1

11.20 – 11.40      Break

11.40 – 12.50      Project Revision Part 2

12.50 – 13.00     Close


Lecture Theatre 5, The Arts Tower, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN. (NB: While the exact location will be confirmed asap, the event will definitely be taking place at The University of Sheffield. As soon as we have confirmation of our room booking, this will be updated).

Access: The event will be held in a wheelchair accessible building; all films are closed captioned (subtitled). Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding access, or anything else: k.liddiard@sheffield.ac.uk

For information about getting to the University of Sheffield, please see: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel


Double Launch Event: Interrogating disability and childhood – 16th June, Manchester

Interrogating disability and childhood

Double launch event 16th of June, 4-6pm.

This event will launch two recent projects that take a critical look at both disability and childhood and explore how they acquire their meaning in relation to local and global contexts.

 Disabled children and disabling childhoods in the global South: reconfiguring discourse and practice – A Special Issue of Disability and the Global South (http://dgsjournal.org/)

Edited by Erica Burman, Anat Greenstein and Manasi Kumar

This special issue contains empirical papers that explore the lives of disabled children in a variety of global contexts such as Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya and Vietnam, as well as conceptual papers that discuss the meanings and creation of disability in the context of globalisation and technology. The different papers in the issue explore how global and local contexts, such as poverty, street connectedness or cultural beliefs shape the meanings of disability and work to disable and enable different childhoods.

We will be joined by several authors of articles in the special issue, the editor of Disability and the Global South, Dr Shaun Grech, and the co-editor of a previous issue on Global Mental Health, Dr China Mills.

Radical Inclusive Education: connecting disability, teaching and activism

Anat Greenstein

The book explores how current educational practices, such as standardised tests and league tables, exclude and fail many disabled students, and naturalise educational inequalities around gender, class, ethnicity and ability. Informed by the social model of disability, the book argues that educational theories and practices that are geared towards social justice and inclusion need to recognise and value the diversity of human embodiments, needs and capacities, and foster pedagogical practices that support relations of interdependency.

The event will take place in room AG3/4, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road M13 9PL

The building is wheelchair accessible.

For further information please contact Erica.burman@manchester.ac.uk or anat.greenstein@manchester.ac.uk