Thursday 12th December

***More Details to follow closer to the event***

Time: 2 – 4pm

Place: Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus. Charles Street Building, Room 12.2.19 (This is on the second floor), Howard Street, S1 1WB.

Speaker 1: Sam Fellows

Title: “Why symptom-based approaches are not enough: the value of psychiatric diagnoses”

Speaker 2: Richard Woods

Title: TBC – presentation around the results of content analysis of screening tools for Broader Autism Phenotype


Article submissions wanted – Advertising and diversity

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Special issue: Advertising and diversity: The framing of disability in promotional spaces

Guest editors:

Ella Houston and Beth Haller


In recent years, disabled people are increasingly featured in advertisements. Moreover, disabled people are now included in a larger variety of advertisements, for example, those produced by fashion and beauty companies. On the subject of contemporary advertising portrayals of diverse bodies, Lennard J. Davis (2013:4) highlights ‘… a trend to embrace the diversity of the human body within certain kinds of limits… cherry-picking the aspects of diversity that appeal to a regnant paradigm’. In other words, while the makers of advertisements now may be more likely to feature disabled people in their campaigns, traditional beauty standards and expectations are often not strongly challenged. While it is beneficial that the makers of advertisements include disabled people in their campaigns more frequently, it is problematic that portrayals of disability tend to be limited in the ways diverse bodies, minds and lives are imagined.

Building on this understanding of the representation of ‘diverse’ bodies in advertising, the overall aim of this special issue is to examine the representation of disability, and themes surrounding diversity, in advertising. In doing so, we welcome contributions that offer critically informed analyses of disability portrayals in advertising that might draw on work from fields such as: disability studies, gender studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, media and communication studies. Proposals for papers that may explore (but are not limited to) the following questions and topics are welcomed:

–          The representation of disabled people in international advertising campaigns

–          Intersectional analyses of advertising representations of disability

–          Reoccurring narratives surrounding disability in advertisements – are historical narratives and stereotypes surrounding disability challenged and/or reinforced in contemporary advertising?

–          Audience responses to advertising representations of disabled people

–          Disability, celebrity and advertising

–          Cross-analyses of portrayals of disability in multi-media advertising

–          The extent to which ableist ideologies are challenged or reinforced in contemporary advertising

–          Interdisciplinary approaches to discourses surrounding diversity in advertising

–          Contemporary and/or historical analyses of the representation of diversity in advertising

–          Advertising disability and diversity in neoliberal contexts

–          The accessibility of advertisements featuring disabled people

–          Promotional use of disabled people by disability organizations



27th January 2020: Deadline for submission of 250-word proposal for articles and a short biography to the guest editors Ella Houston and Beth Haller at JLCDS.ads@gmail.com

10th March 2020: Prospective authors will be notified of proposal status

19th October 2020: Full versions of selected papers to be submitted to guest editors

25th January 2021: Final papers will be selected. Authors will receive decisions and revisions on papers

20th April 2021: Deadline for submitting final, revised papers to guest editors.


Monday, 18th November – Come join us!

Time: 2 – 4pm

Place: Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus. Charles Street Building, Room 12.4.18 (This is on the fourth floor), Howard Street, S1 1WB.

Speaker 1: Celina Kamecka

Title: Dis-ability = dis-active? Reasons for discussing civic activity of Polish students with intellectual disabilities


For 4 years I have been conducting civic education workshops in special schools in which students with intellectual disability learn in Poland. During this time I carried out 3 research projects regarding the civic activity and identity of students and I would like to talk about it. It will not surprise anyone how important and effective civic education is.  And it is already a truism to speak about the rights guaranteed to persons with disabilities by the UN Conventions. That is why in my presentation I would like to focus on two other aspects. First, how Polish students with intellectual disabilities perceive themselves as citizens, and how they evaluate their civic activity.  Secondly, how the support system for people with intellectual disabilities in Poland can determine their perception of their citizenship. Presenting the results of my research, I will focus on video recordings that students have prepared themselves as part of the film workshop title: “what is the common good for me”. And on our conversations regarding the space of their civic activity,  which is a deepening of the answers obtained in the adapted questionnaire for quantitative research. Author’s adaptation of the ready questionnaire for civic activity to the needs of people with intellectual disabilities – which I will also present, showed new fields of social and research participation of my respondents.

Speaker 2: Stephen Connolly

Title: Everyone should do emancipaticipatory research, but i don’t want to do it again.


This talk will be on the issues encountered when doing emanciparticipatory research right. Focusing on the methodology of my PhD I will be discussing the unexpected but now obvious paradoxical effect where the bigger the strength for those that would be traditionally termed participants, the bigger the issue you face as a researcher.

Terms linked to emanciparticipatory research would be freedom, flexibility, open and no time pressures. However within the confines of academia these terms present a problem that must be navigated for emanciparticipatory research to survive.

This overarching problem also forms the foundations for my argument that emancipatory research is a goal that currently can not be achieved within academia and i am to explain why.


Call for presenters

Hello everyone

This post is to announce three seminar dates this side of Christmas. I have been unable schedule more dates for after Christmas as my academic timetable isn’t finalised, but these will follow in January.

If you would like to present this side of Christmas we have the following dates and times available, please drop me an email (s.r.hannam-swain@shu.ac.uk) and let me know which would be best for you. There are usually two people presenting per 2 hour session (approx 20 minutes each for the presentation and 40 minutes each for discussion).

Monday, 21st October. 2pm – 4pm

Monday, 18th November. 2pm – 4pm

Thursday, 12th December. 2pm – 4pm.

Once I have people allocated to a slot I will update the Events page on this blog with the speakers name, presentation title and a short abstract.




DRF – 2019/2020

Hi everyone!

I hope the start of the new academic year is treating you well!

Just a quick announcement to say that we do intend to run DRF sessions again this academic year and I hope to be able to put some dates up on the website within the next two or three weeks.

If you would like to present please drop me an email (s.r.hannam-swain@shu.ac.uk) and I’ll contact you soon with some suggested dates.

Hopefully see you all soon!



Job Vacancy! Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Education – Sheffield Hallam University

Job details – Closing date 8th September
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Education
Social Sciences And Humanities
Grdae 7/8 – £34,189 to £50,132 per annum dependent on experience
Contact Person : Dr Jean Harris-Evans or Dr Iain Garner Contact Number : 0114 225 4585/4848
Date Advertised : 25-Jul-2019 Closing Date : 08-Sep-2019
Employment Type : Permanent – Full Time Location : City Campus
Job number : 052005

For further information please see this link: http://bit.ly/shu-education


New project looking for contributions

Dr Amy Kavanagh (@BlondeHistorian) is launching a new project all about disabled women & non-binary people’s experiences of non-consensual touching and intrusive behaviours. The message below is from Amy inviting you to participate.

I’ve collaborated with Dr Hannah Mason-Bish (an academic from the University of Sussex who has researched street harassment to create a research project inspired by my own campaign and also the movement.

Using a blog, we’re inviting disabled women & non-binary people to contribute their stories about unwanted help, non-consensual touching, intrusive behaviours and harassment in public. All the stories are anonymised and will be used to support the development of more research into the issue, including some interviews with willing contributors. I understand this is a difficult subject for many, and recognise it can bring up distressing experiences. However, we think it’s essential that disabled women & non-binary people aren’t forgotten from the discussion about street harassment and we hope this research will have an impact, and demonstrate problematic many of the intrusive behaviours are.

I would really appreciate it if you felt able to contribute your own experiences, and tweet about the project, you can use the tweet below or do your own if you feel comfortable doing so. You can read all about the project including an information sheet here Thank you, Amy

Suggested Tweet:

Private places, public spaces is a new research project which invites disabled women & non-binary people to record their experiences of unwanted touching & public harassment. Please share your story & read more about the project here


Final DRF Session for 18/19!

Tuesday, 14th May

Time: 11am – 1pm.

Place: 12.02.20 Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University. City Campus

This is on the second floor of the Charles Street Building which is just next to Arundel where we held meetings last year.

Speaker 1: Emma Rice

Title: Employing inclusive research methods: autistic pupils’ sense of self and the influence of mainstream schooling


Autism advocates critique autism research for the exclusion of autistic voice, its predominant focus on identifying deficit development, and its subsequent focus on ‘normalising’ through treatment (Chown et al., 2017; Milton, 2014; Milton & Bracher, 2013). Autism and sense of self research regularly employs autistic young people in comparison with their ‘normative’ counterparts, exploring autistic sense of self in terms of what is lacking in comparison with others. Responding to the call for more participatory and inclusive research methods, the research project reported on in this paper, draws on participatory paradigms to enable autistic young people to articulate their sense of self- to tell the story of ‘who am I?’ with their own voice (Chown et al., 2017; Milton, Mills & Pellicano, 2012). Alongside this, the mainstream secondary school environment and its influence on autistic young people’s positive or negative self-views is explored. In focusing on an inclusive research approach, the project is engaging with a plurality of research methods, as advised by Stone and Priestley (1996) with the autistic young people involved employing individualised modes of expression. Consequently, this research project draws together visual, verbal and written methods to consider how autistic young people conceptualise their sense of self, including the impact of mainstream schooling on this. Within this presentation, I will explore how drawing on a participatory paradigm and providing a range of choices, including in methods of expression, has enabled autistic pupils to share their views and experiences. This evaluation will include autistic pupils’ own appraisal of the participatory methods employed together with their experiences, thoughts and opinions in relation to sense of self and mainstream schooling.

Key words: autism, participatory, voice, sense of self, mainstream secondary school.

Speaker 2: Antonios Ktendis

Title: ‘Does an extra inch make a ‘real’ difference?’

Short Stories of Young People with Restricted Growth of their Secondary Education


Once we start talking about the body and how we live in our bodies, we ‘re automatically challenging the way that power has orchestrated itself in that particular institutionalised space (hooks, 1994: 136-137).

Does growth matter? To whom? Where? Why? Whose/WHO’s growth?

Two stories, three readings, no morals.

Critical Disability Studies, Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies, Dis/Human Disability Studies

Biopolitics, Critical Pedagogy, Biopedagogies, Heightism

Stories, counter stories, (counter)storytelling, embodiment, storying, dis/storying

Restricted (Growth), (Restricted) Growth, (Restricted Growth), Restricted Growth


Representations of Autism in Literature

On Tuesday,  30th April, 11-noon, Tom Price on behalf of SHARP (Sheffield Hallam Autism Research Partnership) is hosting a presentation by Dr Sarah Whitely (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/people/whiteley#tab01)  from the University of Sheffield. Sarah  will be sharing her research on the representations of autism in literature.  All are welcome to attend. This event will be held in Sheffield Hallam’s City Campus in the Adsetts Building – floor 6, room 20 (Adsetts 6620) https://www.shu.ac.uk/visit-us/how-to-find-us/city-campus-map

Sarah describes her research interests as lying ‘at the interface between language and literature, in the disciplines of stylistics, cognitive poetics and discourse analysis. My research examines issues of textual effect and interpretation in relation to contemporary prose and poetry. I am particularly interested in studying the experience of reading and researching reader responses to literary texts using empirical methods’