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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 ( Book Launch on Fri 31 Jan_’Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies’


Children, Familes and Young People, Disability Studies and..., Inclusion, Majority/Minority Worlds, Publications

New book: Youth Responding to Lives: an International Reader

Youth: Responding to Lives – An International Reader

Edited by Andrew Azzopardi

Part of the Studies in Inclusive Education series edited by Roger Slee

Including a chapter by DRF member, Jenny Slater: Playing Grown-up: Using Critical Disability Perspectives to Rethink Youth

This book draws from various fields of knowledge, in an effort to theorise, create new and innovative conceptual platforms and develop further the hybrid idea of discourses around social inclusion and youth (from policy, practice and research perspectives).

Youth: Responding to lives – An international handbook attempts to fill the persistent gap in the problematisation and understanding of inclusion, communalism, citizenship – that are intertwined within the complex youth debate. It writhes and wriggles to highlight the interconnections between the encounters, events and endeavors in young people’s lives.

The focus of this edited work is also intended to help us understand how young people shape their development, involvement, and visibility as socio-political actors within their communities. It is this speckled experience of youth that remains one of the most electrifying stages in a community’s lifecycle.

Contributors to this text have engaged with notions around identity and change, involvement, social behavior, community cohesion, politics and social activism. The chapters offer an array of critical perspectives on social policies and the broad realm of social inclusion/exclusion and how it affects young people.

This book essentially analyses equal opportunities and its allied concepts, including inequality, inequity, disadvantage and diversity that have been studied extensively across all disciplines of social sciences and humanities but now need a youth studies ‘application’.

Critical Theory, Disability Studies and..., DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds, Media and Culture, Publications

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:

DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds

New edition of disability research e-newletter released

The eighth issue of the Global South to North Disability Research Network E-newsletter is now available. 

Features include details of the Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 2nd International conference at MMU, an African Policy on Disability and Development (A-PODD) Project Update and information on the upcoming AfriNEAD Symposium 2011 in Zimbabwe.

To contribute or for further information, please contact email Tsitsi Chataika:

DRF News, Events and Conferences, Majority/Minority Worlds

First Call for Papers for the AfriNEAD 2011 Symposium

Message from The AfriNEAD Team [via DRF member: Tsitsi Chataika]

Dear colleagues,

1)      We are very excited to direct you to the first call for papers for the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) 2011 Symposium which is taking place between 28th – 30th November 2011 at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe..

Please visit the website for details and to submit your papers.  Please note that the closing date for submissions is 30 April 2011.

2)      The following mission and vision statements have been temporarily adopted for AfriNEAD and are to be finalised at the 2011 symposium:

  • AfriNEAD’s mission is to be a dynamic disability sector network where there is free and open exchange of ideas and evidence to advance the realisation of equal rights for people with disabilities and to promote action for social inclusion and participation. 
  • AfriNEAD’s vision is to facilitate an integrated, cooperative, evidence-based approach towards realising the rights of people with disabilities in their various communities in order to achieve better quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

 3)      Progress on the development of our AfriNEAD journal is meeting some challenges. While a few uncertainties remain, we are pleased to report the following progress: it will be a Pan-African, open access journal seeking to publish innovative research and reviews in all aspects of Disability with particular emphasis on the African and development context. The first papers should be online within the next few months and the official launch of the journal is planned to take place during the AfriNEAD Symposium 28-30 November 2011.

4)      Work on the AfriNEAD 2009 book is progressing well: we look forward to presenting all delegates attending the 2011 symposium with a copy.

5)      We are also opening a page on the AfriNEAD website for book reviews of any disability-related books.  Please submit your book reviews to:

6)      In a first-time collaboration between the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, AfriNEAD and the University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Theology, a Theology, Disability and Human Dignity Conference is planned to take place 18th – 20th May 2011. Several AfriNEAD members will be participating as special guest speakers. For more information click here (and follow the link to ‘Conferences’).

7)      AfriNEAD intends for its website to serve as a networking tool.  For this to happen we need members to complete and/or update their profiles as fully as possible.  Please do check and update yours by logging-in. Please also check and update your contact details and encourage your other contacts to do so, so that our mailing list can remain up-to-date.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Zimbabwe later this year.

DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds

UN ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ Celebrated

The now annual observance of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons in 1981. The aim of the day is to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of disabled people in the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The theme this year is “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond” and stems from concerns that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be fully achieved without full inclusion, the current track toward their achievement may be increasing marginalization. There is also worry that the persistent and cumulative impact of multiple global crises threaten the progress made toward the achievement of the MDGs and that will have a disproportionate and negative impact on disabled people.  Consequently, while the day celebrates the place of disability rights on international agendas it also acts as a renewal of commitment to continue the push for change.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted in December 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature in March 2007. You can check whether your country has signed and ratified the convention and the optional protocol here.

The BBC’s excellent Ouch! blog has an interesting post and space for comments on the day.

…and don’t forget the DRF’s very own Where Else? section which lists loads of places to find more disability- related stuff.

Happy celebrations!!!

DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds

Read all about it in… the Global South to North Disability Research Network E-Newsletter

The Global South to North Disability Research Network E-Newsletter is now on its 6th edition and continues to provide informal, off the press and informative monthly details of global south and global north disability research activities, which might be of interest to audiences including disability activists, organisations of disabled people, students, researchers, policy makers, families, practitioners and local authorities.

The e-newsletters are produced via collaboration between the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC) at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Breakthrough UK Ltd. 

A copy of the current newsletter and previous editions are available at: