Disability Reading Group

This group is taking a break for the academic year 2019-2020!

The Disability Studies Reading Group is a place for anyone interested in Disability Studies to come together and discuss disability related articles in a safe and supportive environment. Although we are mainly a group of academics – undergraduates to established academics, we welcome anyone who wishes to learn more and discuss research in the field. Run by Steph Swain (s.r.hannam-swain@shu.ac.uk) each session I ask someone to suggest an article and to lead the session, picking out key themes or debates and discussing them critically within the group. Please get in touch for further information. In case you would like to submit an article for discussion in a future session, please consider the accessibility page.


The next Disability Reading Group session will take place on the 5th of June at 12-1pm in Arundel 10310.

We will discuss the following article:

Hughes, B. (2015). Disabled people as counterfeit citizens: the politics of resentment past and present. Disability and Society. 30(7). 991-1004. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2015.1066664


Previous articles discussed during our Disability Reading Group sessions:

Garland-Thomson, R. (2005) “Feminist Disability Studies.” Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 30(2). 1557-1587.

Hehir, Thomas. “Eliminating ableism in education”. Harvard Educational Review; Spring 2002; 72, 1; ProQuest Education Journals.

Liddiard, K. (2013) Reflections on the process of researching disabled people’s sexual lives. Sociological Research Online. 18(3)

Macleod, Andrea; Lewis, Ann; Robertson, Christopher. “”Why Should I Be like Bloody Rain Man?!” Navigating the Autistic Identity”. British Journal of Special Education, 2013, Vol.40(1), p.41-49.

Mercer, Justine. (2007) The challenges of insider research in educational institutions: wielding a double‐edged sword and resolving delicate dilemmas, Oxford Review of Education, 33:1, 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/03054980601094651

Mills, China. (2014) “Psychotropic Childhoods: Global Mental Health and Pharmaceutical Children”, in: Children and Society, vol. 28: 194-204.

Milton, D. E. M. (2014) Autistic expertise: a critical reflection on the production of knowledge in autism studies. Autism18(7), 794-802.

Pritchard, E. (2017) “Cultural Representation of Dwarfs and the Disabling Affects on Dwarfs in Society.” Considering Disability, 1. 1-31.

Runswick-Cole, K. (2011). Time to end the bias towards inclusive education? British Journal of Special Education. 38(3). 112-119.

St Pierre, J. (2015) “Distending Straight-Masculine Time: a phenomenology of the disable speaking body.” Hypatia. 30(1).

Weiss, G. 2015. The normal, the natural, and the normative: A Merleau-Pontian legacy to feminist theory, critical race theory, and disability studies. Continental Philosophy Review 48(1), doi:10.1007/s11007-014-9316-y, pp.77-93.