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Third Keynote Announced for Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane Conference (Sheffield, UK: Sept. 2013)

Debating whether you should attend the Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: 4th International Conference at Sheffield Hallam University (September 3rd-4th 2013)?

Here is another good reason to come, as we are thrilled to announce our third keynote speaker…


Prof. Tom Billington, (Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK) will be discussing….

Time, Space, Mind: Narratives of Quality and Experience


Abstract: This paper explores non-deficit conceptualizations of mind which are drawn from philosophy (Bergson), psychoanalysis (Bion) and neuroscience (Damasio). Discourses of mind are constructed which are dynamic – ‘mind as process’ – and not restricted to mechanistic accounts of the brain or indeed any individual psychopathology, for example, autism. Theorizations are explored and illustrated by accounts of case work conducted with young people, their parents and teachers both in schools and the family courts.

Bio: Tom is Professor of Educational and Child Psychology as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Families and Learning Communities at the University of Sheffield.  Much of Tom’s research focuses on the professional practices of Educational and Child Psychologists, in particular, the nature of work conducted with children and young people and the theoretical bases upon which practice is justified. He has published extensively in this area and has for many years sought to inform the development of practitioner assessments and interventions which are both ethical and effective through expanding the base of research evidence beyond reductionist psychopathologies. In particular, he has been locating Educational Psychology within the context of a much broader critical theoretical framework (Billington, 1997).

Tom has specialized in qualitative research methodologies, especially discourse analytic, psychodynamic and narrative approaches in individual case work with children and young people, their families and schools. Of particular concern is the power of psychological discourses as exercised by practitioners, focusing on fundamental questions as to how we go about our work; for example, `how do we speak of children? How do we speak with children? How do we write about children? How do we listen to children? How do we listen to ourselves (when working with children)? (Billington, 2006).


Keep up to date via the Normalcy 2013 page on the DRF blog: https://disabilityresearchforum.wordpress.com/events/normalcy-2013/, join the debate on twitter #normalcy2013 and, remember, to book a place at the conference, please visit normalcy2013.eventbrite.co.uk



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Event: ‘Disability Studies in Japan (March, 2012: Manchester, UK)

Date: 8th March 2012: 12pm – 2pm.

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University – New Lecture Theatre, Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University M13OJA.  Directions: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/gaskell/


1. Mai Yamashita, Kyoto Sangyo University

  • ‘What is the standard of ‘mentally disabled’?: The Case of Classes for Mentally Disabled children in ‘Jinjyo’ or Pre-war Elementary School In Tokyo From 1920’s to 1930’s’

 2. Emiko Tanaka, Department of Humanity and Science, Tokyo Kasei University

  • ‘What can we do to support couples and parents with intellectual disabilities?’

Please contact the organiser, Prof. Dan Goodley for further details on: d.goodley@mmu.ac.uk

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CFP: Child, Youth, Family and Disability Conference (May 2012; Manchester, UK)

Event: Child, Youth, Family and Disability Conference

Dates: 23rd-24th May 2012

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Buiding, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Brief Description: The aim of the conference is to provide a space for disabled children, young people and parents/carers to share their ideas, knowledge and expertise and to celebrate their lives.  We would like to invite disabled children, young people, their parents and carers (we would like to include people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments as well as those people with mental health issues), as well as activists and academics in the field of disability studies and childhood studies to present at and to attend the two-day event.

The format of the days will include accessible presentations and discussion points as well as opportunities to take part in story, drama and arts based activities.

We welcome presentations or discussion papers that tell a story, share a skill, some information or research in ways that try to be as accessible and creative as possible – for example, that use a range of presentations styles and media including photography, video and artwork.

Please send us a short description of the ideas for your presentation by 20th April 2012.

To book a place visit: http://childyouthfamilydisability.eventbrite.com

Travel information available at: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

For more information please contact Katherine Runswick-Cole: K.Runswick-Cole@mmu.ac.uk