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Reminder: Next DRF Seminar – Thurs. 13th Mar (2pm-4pm)

When: Thursday, 13th March 2014: 2pm-4pm – Arundel 10111 (SHU)

Where: Arundel Room 10111 (SHU) [the Arundel Building = 122 Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.  For a map of City Campus click here.]

Everyone welcome!

Slot 1: Cassie Ogden (Univ. of Chester, UK): Troubling Borders with Bodies that Seep: an critical sociological exploration into children’s experiences of leaky realities and how we can learn to accept our bodies in all its leaky glory.

Slot 2: Jenny Slater (SHU): School Toilet Chat: Exploring how Issues of Space, Access, Embodiment, Identity and ‘Normal’ Function in the the Lives of Young People

For George (2011), toilets are “the big necessity”; a mundane part of life that, until absent or inadequate, we rarely pay attention. One place these facilities are consistently found to be inadequate are in schools (Burton, 2013, Greed, 2010). Vernon, Lundblad and Hellstrom (2003) reported that 62% of boys and 35% of in the UK avoided using toilets whilst at school (citing reasons of lack of hygiene, privacy and bullying); and in 2013, a study in Scotland similarly highlighted the poor state of school toilet (Burton, 2013). Here I seek feedback on a proposal which hopes to utilise theorisations of disability, queer and fat activists and academics, to think hard about school toilets as transdisciplinary spaces to explore how issues of space, access, embodiment and normal function in the lives of young people.

 

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Book Launch: Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies: Critical Approaches in a Global Context

The Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities invites you to a book launch with wine reception for Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies: Critical Approaches in a Global Context edited by Tillie Curran and Katherine Runswick-Cole.

6pm-8pm, Friday 31st January

Peltz Gallery, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, WC1H 0PD

Free and open to all, but registration required. Please email Harriet Cooper to register (h.cooper@bbk.ac.uk). Book Launch on Fri 31 Jan_’Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies’

 

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Announcing ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane*** Sept, 2013: Sheffield, UK

As some of you may already know, at yesterday’s DRF seminar we had the privilege of announcing the date and details of the next ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane*** Conference.  See below for further details.

Event: 4th Annual International Conference ***Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane***

Date/Place: Tues. 3rd – Wed. 4th September 2013 – Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Hosted by: Dept. of Education, Childhood and Inclusion + Disability Research Forum, Sheffield Hallam University in association with University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University + the University of Sheffield.

Conference organising committee: Dan Goodley (UoS); Nick Hodge (SHU); Rebecca Mallett (SHU); Cassie Ogden (Univ of Chester); Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU); Jenny Slater (SHU).

Title: Precarious Positions: Encounters with Normalcy

Call For Papers: disabilityresearchforum.wordpress.com/events/normalcy-2013

Conference Enquiries: normalcy2013@gmail.com

Conference Registration: to book a place please visit normalcy2013.eventbrite.co.uk

Printable Poster: Normlacy 2013 Poster

Keep up to date and join the debate on twitter #normalcy2013

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New Issue of JLCDS (5:2) is now available: Representing Disability and Emotion

The new issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (JLCDS) is now available.  Volume 5, Issue 2 is a special issue on Representing Disability and Emotion and is guest edited by Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast

Articles include: 

Comment from the Field

Book Reviews

The new issue is available in print and online formats to individuals and institutions who subscribe via Liverpool University Press; it is also part of the Project MUSE collection.

For more information, please contact: Dr. David Bolt: boltd@hope.ac.uk

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Final Few Places Available for… Interdisciplinary Disability Research Conference (July 2011)

Event: Postgraduate Disability Research: A Critical Space to Engage ~ An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

Date: Wednesday 13th July 2011

Venue: University of Warwick, UK

This one day conference is sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. Internationally renowned academics Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Professor Carol Thomas, Lancaster University, have been confirmed as keynote speakers.

Why a postgraduate critical disability studies conference?

In concluding his ground-breaking work mapping the terrain for critical disability studies, Goodley (2011 p.157) asserts: ‘while critical disability studies might start with disability, they never end with it’. Whilst the journey might be less linear than is suggested, along the way ‘intersections’ are encountered and engineered which ‘connect disability studies with other important agendas of class, feminist, queer and postcolonial studies’ (p.157). The literature and debates surrounding disability are expanding and diversifying, and yet these flows are happening against economic, social and policy backdrops which serve to further challenge the potentials for change.  There is then, ever more, a need to open up spaces for transdisciplinary debate about the position and future(s) of critical disability studies.  Postgraduate students addressing and engaging with these issues and debates are at the vanguard of this work.

Critical disability studies is an emerging subfield within the UK, but collective and collaborative spaces within which to explore and interrogate its options are infrequently opened up.  This conference brings together postgraduate students and disability activists from many parts of the UK and beyond to explore some of the key questions which connect to the embrace of a critical perspective to disability research.  In particular, what kinds of critical disability researchers might we ‘be’ and how should critical disability studies research be ‘done’? 

How can I get involved?

The event will also see the launch of a postgraduate disability research network, Critical Disability Space, which will provide a critical space for postgraduates on a longer term basis.

Please see our new website for more details including a draft programme of the event.

If you are interested in attending please contact the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at criticaldisabilityspace@gmail.com before the end of Wednesday 6th July 2011.  Spaces are now extremely limited so please contact as as soon as possible.

Cost: Please note that the event is free to attend for British Sociological Association members (membership costs £35.00 for one year and gets you free access to many other events) and £25.00 for non-members.

Click here for more information or contact the organisers: Kirsty Liddiard k.liddiard@warwick.ac.uk (University of Warwick) and Simon Blake lqxsb2@nottingham.ac.uk (University of Nottingham)

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Interdisciplinary Disability Research Conference announced (July 2011) ~ Call for Papers

The following event has been added to the Other Events section.

Event: Postgraduate Disability Research: A Critical Space to Engage ~ An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

Date: Wednesday 13th July 2011

Venue: University of Warwick, UK

The event is sponsored by the British Sociological Association (BSA) as part of a series of events for postgraduate students, therefore postgraduate student researchers working in the broad field of disability are invited to present at the conference.  Internationally renowned academics Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Professor Carol Thomas, University of Leeds, have been confirmed as keynote speakers. 

The event is FREE to attend for British Sociological Association (BSA) members and £25.00 for non-members.

Critical Disability Studies: In concluding his ground-breaking work mapping the terrain for critical disability studies, Goodley (2011 p.157) asserts: ‘while critical disability studies might start with disability, they never end with it’. Whilst the journey might well be non-linear, along the way ‘intersections’ are encountered and engineered which ‘connect disability studies with other important agendas of class, feminist, queer and postcolonial studies’ (p.157). The literatures and debates surrounding disability continue to expand and diversify.  And yet, these flows are happening against economic, social and policy backdrops which serve to further challenge the potentials for change.  There is then, ever more, a need to open up spaces for transdisciplinary debate about the position and future(s) of critical disability studies.  Postgraduate students addressing and engaging with these issues and debates are part of the vanguard of this work.

Conference aims and objectives: Critical Disability Studies is an emerging subfield within the UK, but collective and collaborative spaces within which to explore and interrogate its options are infrequently opened up.  This conference will bring together postgraduate students, disability activists and professionals/practitioners to explore some of the key questions which connect to the embrace of a critical perspective to disability research.  In particular, what kinds of critical disability researchers might we ‘be’ and how should critical disability studies research be ‘done’? 

Issues and themes: We welcome papers that address issues, agendas and debates which take, at least broadly, a critical disability studies approach. 

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

•    Concepts and their Re/Conceptualisations:  ‘disability’, ‘impairment’, dis/ableism, as well as approaches based upon models, theories and ideological standpoint positions;

•    Performances of Power: artistic, cultural, political, poetic, ritual; protest and activism; violence/non-violence; politicized and contested spaces

•    Histories and Historical Ontologies: globalisation; colonialism and the postcolonial; empire; industrialization; materialism; gender; ethnicity; sexualities; time and memory.

•    Difference and Dialogue: single impairment through to collective disability identity emphases; identity; intersectionalities; diversity; subjectivities; individualism; normalisation

•    Bodies: impairment; embodiment; self and others; performativity; corporeality, materialization; discursive/transgressive/queer bodies; gendered/raced/classed/sexed bodies; cyborgs and hybrids

•    Action, Motivation and Practice: choice, desire, dependence/independence/co-dependence;  freedom/constraint; 

•    Methodology and methods:  examples and experiences of empirical research taking approaches such as: critical; emancipatory; participatory; emerging;

Please submit a 300 word abstract or poster proposal accompanied by a 100 word biography to the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at criticaldisabilityspace@gmail.com.

Presentations must be no longer than 30 minutes inclusive of 10 minutes for questions. We would also like to welcome the submission of research posters. Posters must be between paper sizes A3 – A1.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 28th March 2011.

Click here for more information or contact the organisers: Kirsty Liddiard k.liddiard@warwick.ac.uk (University of Warwick) and Simon Blake lqxsb2@nottingham.ac.uk (University of Nottingham)

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Programme for ‘Critical Autism Seminar Day’ (18th Jan 2011)

The programme for the Critical Autism Seminar Day is outlined below.  Further details (including abstracts) will be sent directly to participants shortly. 

We have only a couple of spare places for the day, so if you are no longer able to attend please email us to free up your place for another delegate.  If you have not signed up but would like to attend the seminar day and/or the book launch please email and, if necessary, you will be added to a waiting list. 

Contact for this event: Katherine Runswick-Cole: k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

Programme for the Day:

9.45-10.00:

  • Welcome: Alison Tyldesley (Head of Department for Education, Childhood and Inclusion) Sheffield Hallam University
  • Introduction: Nick Hodge, Sheffield Hallam University

 10.00-11.00:

  • “Wild men”, introverts and idols: Negotiating the autism spectrum diagnosis of celebrities in popular music ~ Mitzi Walz, University of Birmingham
  • Social dis-order: Autistic experiences of/in radical political activism ~ Steve Graby, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network and Autism Rights Movement UK and Anat Greenstein, Manchester Metropolitan University

 11.00-11.30: Break – Refreshments will be available for purchase

 11.30-1.00:

  •  ‘I’ve got Asperger’s because I read it on the Internet’: An analysis on how labels are formed and placed on young men and how this can be tackled ~ Michael Richards, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Who am I meant to be?  In search of a psychological account of autism, from the viewpoint of an ‘insider’ ~ Damian Milton, University of Birmingham
  • Buying (into) Autism: The Commodification of ‘Disability’ in the Academy ~ Rebecca Mallett, Sheffield Hallam University and Katherine Runswick-Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University

 1.00-2.15: Lunch and Posters – Lunch will be available for purchase

 2.15-3.00:

  •  Keynote speaker: “We have your son…”:  Frames of Terror in Advocacy’s War on Autism: Anne McGuire, University of Toronto

 3.00-3.30:

  •  Uneasy Belonging: Autism and Immigration Practice in Canada ~ Patty Douglas,University of Toronto

3.30-4.00: Break – Refreshments will be available for purchase

 4.00-4.30

  • Autism: A poststructuralist analysis ~ Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University

 4.30-6.00: The launch of Dan Goodley’s new book: Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

We envisage Critical Autism as a space which not only challenges ‘deficit’ understandings of autism but also challenges the category itself.  In this respect, we position the emerging field of Critical Autism Studies as having its antecedents in the more critical corners of Disability Studies.  This means not only examining how autism challenges the ways in which we think about employability, family, friendship, love, etc but also how Critical Disability Studies challenges how we think about autism.  The papers we have gathered for this day all – to varying degrees – explore these challenges. We are very much looking forward to some interesting presentations and some stimulating discussions.

[Please note: We would also like to apologise for a mistake in the advertisement of the conference which on Sheffield Hallam University’s Autism Centre website, which described it as an Autism Awareness Conference.  This is NOT the case.  We hope the programme gives you a clear idea of the focus of the day – if you no longer wish to attend, please let us know.]

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Critical Disability Studies *FREE* Conference *Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011

A little reminder about the Critical Disability Studies *FREE* Conference *Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011

Dates and Venue: Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2011 ~ 10am-4.30pm each day held at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A FREE! conference co-hosted by the Research Institute of Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), University of Chester, University of Iceland, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and Sheffield Hallam University.

This two day conference builds upon the first, and hugely successfully, ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’ conference held in May 2010.  It brings together an international group of researchers and calls for papers which will address diverse issues including:

  • exploring the cultural and political production of normalcy
  • addressing our obsession with reason and rationality
  • connecting ableism with other hegemonies including heterosexism, racism and ageism
  • analysing the barriers and possibilities of the mundane and extraordinary
  • deconstructing new pathologies and ‘abnormalities’

Confirmed keynote speakers include Anat Greenstein (MMU, UK) and Fiona Kumari Campbell (Griffith University, Australia).

Our aim is for this conference to be as inclusive as possible. We welcome activists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, practitioners and academics to join us.

In the spirit of an eco-friendly conference, registered delegates will be sent an e-pack. Details of accommodation near the venue will also be sent to delegates.

As the conference is FREE!, lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase at the University, if you wish.  Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements so we can make the restaurant aware of delegate requirements.

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 4th April 2011 [since extended to 22nd May]
  • Deadline for attendance: 22nd August 2011

For the sake of ease, we are keeping the original email so please email abstracts and attendance to: normalcy2010@hotmail.com

If you are interested in this you may also be interested in the call for papers the *Critical Autism Seminar Day* at Sheffield Hallam University (18th January 2011: 9.45am-4,30pm) to be followed by the launch of Dan Goodley’s much anticipated new text, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (4.30 – 6.00pm, with refreshments).

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Book Launch Announced: ‘Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction’ by Dan Goodley

Following the previous call for papers for the *Critical Autism Seminar Day* at Sheffield Hallam University (18th January 2011). We are thrilled to be able to announce the launch of Dan Goodley’s much anticipated new text, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction.  We invite you to enjoy refreshments with us after the seminar from 4.30 – 6.00pm where there will be a chance to meet the author.

Dan Goodley (Professor of Psychology and Disability Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) presents a book which “injects new energy into disability studies.  He breaches disciplinary walls embracing, inter alia, sociology, critical psychology, cultural studies, inclusive education and psychoanalysis” (Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University).

This is a FREE! seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum.  It will be held on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 (9.45am-4.30pm with the book launch 4.30pm-6.00pm) and will address diverse issues including:

  • deconstructing pathologies and ‘abnormalities’
  • exploring neurodiversity
  • autism as/and celebrity
  • ‘autism industries’ and the commodification of impairment

The confirmed keynote speaker is Anne McGuire (Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada). 

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st December 2010 ~ to submit abstracts, please contact:  k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk
  • Deadline for attendance: 6th January 2011   

The event will take place in the Arundel Building, 122 Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.   For information on the Arundel Building click here.  For a map of City Campus click here.

If you are interested in this you may also be interested in the call for papers for the Critical Disability Studies Conference *Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011 – a *FREE* two-day conference at MMU between 14th – 15th September 2011.

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2011 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability: “Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality and Diversity” Call for Papers

The 2011 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability: “Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality and Diversity” to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii (18th-19th April 2011) is now calling for papers.  More informaiotn on the conference can be found here.  This post is specifically about the Disability Studies Strand: Culture, Policy and Global Change.

Disability Studies approaches disability as a social and cultural phenomena in which localized and global interpretations include socio-cultural, historical, political and rights-based perspectives.  The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities topic area, Disability Studies: Culture, Policy and Global Change, seeks to imagine and convey where Disability Studies is at present, how it is evolving, and what it entails for the immediate and more distant future.

They welcome proposals in any area of Disability Studies, including:

  • Current developments and national and global approaches to Disability Studies programs;
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives about Disability Studies;
  • Retrospectives and future directions in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act;
  • Present and future impacts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Disability Studies
  • The role of the Internet and technology, including social networking, distance learning, Universal Design and online research tools, on Disability Studies research and dissemination
  • The intersections, including integration and collaboration, between Disability Studies and other disciplines
  • The ways in which Disability Culture has informed Disability Studies

Please see presentation formats on the Web site: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions/presenters/formats/.

You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/callforpapers/ or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

For more information about this topic area, contact the Disability Studies Co-Chairs: