2010-2011

In this section we will list past DRF events as well as events hosted by and/or of interest to DRF members.  For upcoming events please see the Events section.

DRF Seminars and Events

DRF Seminar #1.  Date: Thursday 14th October 2010 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • What does it mean to research ableism? ~ Katherine Runswick-Cole and Nick Hodge (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University, UK) 
  • Interviewing the alternatively organised: Issues in making (and remaking) research interview arrangements ~ Lizzie Walker (School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK)

DRF Seminar #2.  Date: Monday 15th November 2010 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • 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, UK)
  • Playing grown-up: Troubling transition ~ Jenny Slater (Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

DRF Seminar #3.  Date: Tuesday 14th December 2010 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • Becoming, Developing, Actualisation: Words from the heart of revolution or nineteenth-century ableism? ~ John Rees (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
  • Exploring the Equality Act 2010 ~ Katherine Runswick-Cole (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University, UK) 

DRF Seminar Day.  Date: Tuesday, 18th January 2011 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • Critical Autism Seminar Day and Book Launch ~ a free seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum.
  • Programme announced here.
  • Post-Seminar report here.

DRF Seminar #4.  Date: Tuesday 15th February 2011 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • How to approach group work among men labelled with ‘learning difficulties’: Should the ultimate goal be participative to improve health instead of being emancipative? ~ Michael Richards (Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • A Review of ‘Designing our Own Asylums’: A Research Project ~ Mike Walker (Department of Social Science, University of Hull, UK)
  • More information (including the abstracts) here.

DRF Seminar #5.  Date: Friday 25th March 2011 – Postponed

DRF Seminar #6.  Date: Tuesday 12th April 2011 – Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

  • ‘Working in Pammakaristos Foundation in Greece and doing my research programme’ ~ Ellianna Mantaka-Brinkmann (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
  • Discussion: Plans for the DRF into 2011-12?

DRF Seminar #7. Date: Thursday 12th May 2011 – Venue:  Sheffield Hallam University

  •  “Imagined Possibilities: exploring teachers’ perspectives on factors influencing the educational opportunities for children with the label of autism in a mainstream school context”~ Sue Chantler (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University,UK):
  •  “A visible / invisible identity” ~ Erin Pritchard (Department of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University,UK)
  • More information (including the abstracts) here.

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

Date: 14th-15th September 2011 ~ Venue:  MMU, UK

  • Hosted by: 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.  Keynote speakers included Anat Greenstein (MMU, UK), Rebecca Mallett (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) and Fiona Kumari Campbell (Griffith University, Australia).
  • More information: click here.  

Related Events and Conferences

Event: The Future of Global Disability Research Conference 2010

Date: 11th October 2010 ~ Venue: University College London (UCL), UK

Brief Description: This one-day conference provided an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the key issues for disability research in global contexts, and how these issues might be addressed. The event was funded by a UCL Futures Grant, which promotes innovation and collaboration between academics across the university. Invited speakers were from a range of agencies and disciplines and represent a variety of perspectives. There was also a poster session of current or recently completed work.

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Event: The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology? by Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

Date: 10th November 2010 ~ Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Brief description: The classic problem with traditional formulations of Psychology is the unadulterated focus on the individual- an individual which is undeniably able bodied and normate.  This God trick utilises a scientific ruse to locate problems and responsibility firmly within a bounded rational individual.  Given the dominance of this hegemonic Psychology, it is not surprising that a space is evident between Disability studies and the ‘master psy’ discipline.  Elsewhere, we (Goodley and Lawthom, 2005) have written across the space, employing a critical radical gaze upon psychology.   What theoretical and practical resources can be drawn upon for this task?  

Disability theory has richly sculpted disabled selves across diverse paradigms as interdependent, relational, culturally distinct, distributed, activist etc.  This ‘outside-in’ gaze engages with the context, relationships, society, politics, culture etc to position the individual.  Psychology too has an outside-in gaze- community psychology, which explores the distal, the local in order to make sense of and work with the individual.  Community Psychology is a values based approach which has catalytic validity and is explicitly focused on marginalisation.  I will talk about the theoretical promise of Community Psychology to Disability theorising.  It allows us to ‘watch our watchings’ and ‘read our readings’ (Titchkosky) .  More than theory alone, Community Psychology is also action oriented.  How does community Psychology infuse disability theory?  Community Psychology ruptures taken for granted assumptions about individuals and professionals. I will locate this debate in examples around counselling and arts and health.  

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Event: Debates in Disability Studies Symposium I

Date: 26th January 2011 ~ Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

Brief Description:  This symposium is the first in a series of events that will reflect on some of the current theoretical and political debates facing disability studies in the UK. It is free to attend and will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers of disability studies and related subjects and disability activists.

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Event: Experiential Landscape and Spectrum Active present: Experiential Mapping: Community Participation in Learning and Teaching of NOW and WISH Concepts in Landscape Architecture *FREE!* Seminar

Date: 22nd February 2011 ~  Venue: University of Sheffield, UK

Brief Description:  The seminar will disseminate work carried out for the Knowledge Transfer Rapid Response funded Experiential Mapping project, carried out by the Experiential Landscape research group (Ian Simkins, Alice Mathers and Kevin Thwaites), Victoria Henshaw, University of Sheffield and Spectrum Active (a Sheffield-based vocational training centre for people with learning disabilities).

For more information click here.  For further information from the organisers please contact Alice Mathers at a.mathers@sheffield.ac.uk

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Event: Centre for Culture & Disability Studies (CCDS) Research Forum 

Date: 23rd February 2011 ~ Venue: Liverpool Hope University, UK. 

Brief Description:  “Beings From Another Galaxy”: Historians, the Nazi “Euthanasia” Programme, and the Question of Opposition ~ Emmeline Burdett (University College London, UK)

For more information click here.  For further information from the organisers, please contact: Dr. David Bolt: boltd@hope.ac.uk

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Event: Centre for Culture & Disability Studies (CCDS) Research Forum 

Date: 8th March 2011 ~ Venue: Liverpool Hope University, UK. 

Brief Description:  ‘Disability 2.0: Investigating Socio-Technical Experiences of Disability in Social Media ~ Sarah Lewthwaite (Learning Sciences Research Institute, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK)

For more information from the organisers, please contact: Dr. Ria Cheyne: cheyner@hope.ac.uk

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Event: Debates in Disability Studies Symposium II: Parenting Disabled Children

Date: 16th March 2011 ~ Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

Brief Description:  This symposium is the second in a series of events that will reflect on some of the current theoretical and political debates facing disability studies in the UK. It is free to attend and will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers of disability studies and related subjects and disability activists.

More information from the organisers please email Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole: k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

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Event: Centre for Culture & Disability Studies (CCDS) Research Forum 

Date: 23rd March 2011 ~ Venue: Liverpool Hope University, UK. 

Brief Description:  “From Impairment to Empowerment: Mapping Disability onto European Literature ~ Dr. Pauline Eyre (Independent Scholar)

For further information from the organisers, please contact: Dr. David Bolt: boltd@hope.ac.uk

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Event: (Re)thinking and Innovative Teaching and Support: Show ‘n’ Share Fair

Date: 4th April 2011 ~ Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Hosted by: Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield (UK).

Brief Description:  This Show ‘n’ Share Fair will provide an opportunity for staff to network, share “inclusive” practice and generate new ideas to enhance innovation in teaching practice and support for all students, embracing the diversity each student brings into the realm of higher education.

More further information: click here.

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Event: Critical Disability Studies Conference: Child, Family and Disability

Date: 5th April 2011 ~ Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Brief Description:  The conference sought contributions around the following areas:

  • Challenging the psychologisation of childhood
  • Making sense of normal and normalcy
  • Making sense of and challenging ableism
  • Questioning concepts of ‘good parenting’
  • Intersections of child, gender, class, ethnicity, ability
  • Exploring policy conceptions of child and disability
  • Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities

More information: click here

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Event: ‘Does Every Child Matter, Post-Blair’: The Interconnections of Disabled Childhoods’ – End of Project Conference – Project and conference funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (RES-062-23-1138)

Date: 6th April 2011 ~ Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Brief Description:  The aim of this conference is to introduce and discuss the findings of the project: ‘Does Every Child Matter, post-Blair?: The interconnections of disabled childhoods’.  The project has explored what it is like to be a disabled child in post-Blair England. 

More information: click here.

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

Date: 18th-19th April 2011 ~ Venue: Hawaii, USA.

More information: click here.

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Event:  Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) Conference 2011

Date: 27th-28th May 2011 ~ Venue: Reykjavík, Iceland

Brief description: This conference brings together researchers, policy makers, activists and practitioners to share scholarship and ideas, and provides a forum for Nordic and international collaboration in disability studies. NNDR is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and welcomes a wide range of contributions applying social, cultural, historical and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability.

More information: click here.  

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Event: Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference

Date: 1st-3rd June 2011

Hosted by: St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick, in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

More information: click here.  

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Event:  ‘Beyond Access: From Disability Rights to Disability Justice’ – Society for Disability Studies (SDS) – 23rd Annual Conference – 2011

Date: 15th-18th June 2011 ~ Venue:  San José, California, USA

More information: click here.  

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Event: Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage ~ An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

Date: 13th July 2011 ~ Venue:  University of Warwick, UK

Brief Description:  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.

More information: click here.  

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Event: Transformative Difference: Disability, Culture and the Academy

Date: 7th – 8th September 2011 ~ Venue:  Liverpool Hope University, UK

Brief description: It is now widely recognised that a critical engagement with disability has the power to transform how we research and teach in a range of disciplinary areas – from education to medicine to the humanities and beyond.  At the same time, conceptions of disability (and ability) are constantly changing, with shifting attitudes, new models, and the work of activists and educators to create a more equal society.  This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore how disability may function as a “transformative difference” in the academy, as well as how changing attitudes towards disability might have an impact on a range of subject areas. 

More information: click here.  

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