Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

Disability-research events in November

Just a little reminder that on Wednesday 10th November 2010 (4.30pm – 6.00pm) Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) will be discussing ‘The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology?’. 

Everyone is welcome, but please contact Pam Hibbard at p.hibberd@shu.ac.uk to reserve a place. The seminar will take place in Room 10310 (Third Floor) Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

The next DRF seminar will be held on Monday 15th November 2010 (12pm-2pm) in Room 10111 (First Floor) Arundel Building, Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.

The programme is as follows:

  • ‘Professional Development of SENTAs: Giving voice to TAs working with children with autism in mainstream primary schools’ ~ Alison Hall (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • ‘Playing grown-up: Troubling transition’ ~ Jenny Slater (Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Information on upcoming disability research seminars and events can be found here.

Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘5 ways to get more involved’ in DRF which can be found here.

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‘Critical Autism’ Seminar Day is announced

A free seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum will be held on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 (9.45am-4.30pm).

This day brings together an international group of researchers and calls for papers that will address diverse issues including:

  • deconstructing pathologies and ‘abnormalities’
  • concepts of fear and fascination
  • 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).  Anne’s doctoral research analyses the social significance and productive effects of cultural representations of autism produced and circulated by individuals and collectives engaged in autism advocacy in the contemporary West.

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st December 2010
  • Deadline for attendance: 6th January 2011                                                                                          

To submit abstracts, please contact:  k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

More details can be found in our Events section.

Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

Seminar on ‘Disability Studies and Psychology’ is announced

On Wednesday 10th November 2010 (4.30pm – 6.00pm) Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) will be discussing ‘The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology?.  The seminar will take place in Room 10310 (Third Floor) Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

Everyone is welcome, but please contact Pam Hibbard at p.hibberd@shu.ac.uk to reserve a place.

More information (including an abstract) can be found in our Events section.

Critical Theory, DRF News, Events and Conferences

*Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011 – Call for Papers

Many of you will remember the ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’ conference held at MMU in May 2010.  The Call for Papers for the 2011 conference is now available.  The conference is *FREE* and aims to bring together an international group of researchers to 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’

For more information, please go to the ‘Events’ section.

Critical Theory, DRF News, Publications

Recommended Reads for September

So far, September has been a good month for publications from DRF members. Rebecca Mallett‘s long-awaited piece on disability in British comedy (entitled ‘Claiming Comedic Immunity: Or, What Do You Get When You Cross Contemporary British Comedy with Disability?’) is now out in Review of Disability Studies and Anne McGuire‘s ‘Disability, non-disability and the politics of mourning: Rethinking the ‘we’has just been published by Disability Studies Quarterly.  That particular issue of DSQ is jam-packed with Anne’s University of Toronto colleagues, including another DRF member. Tanya Titchkosky‘s ‘The Not-Yet-Time of Disability in the Bureaucratization of University Life’ will be well worth a read for anyone who has struggled with the joys(!) of ‘disability’ within a university context.