Conference Keynote Presentation (13/7/2011)- Professor Dan Goodley

You may access both the digital audio file of the shortened presentation made by Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as the (longer version) of the Powerpoint slides that accompany this Keynote speech.

Powerpoint:  BSA Conference 2011 – Keynote – Prof Dan Goodley


If you have any difficulties with accessing these media, please get in touch with Simon and Kirsty via the conference email address:


…as time passes

A brief update.

Hopefully, Kirsty and Simon will very soon be in a position to distribute a feedback form to those who attended and participated in the conference.  We hope that you will feel able to reflect upon the day and your experiences, and offer us your thoughts.

Contact has been made with various people about establishing a workshop event for postgraduates who are interested in, grappling with the early stages or have neared completeion of an inter-/trans-disciplinary piece of critical disability studies research.  We’ll keep you posted on this.

Thanks for all the thanks.  So many wonderful comments and longer messages have been flying about through the e-ether (that’ll be emails, I think).  Thanks.

The audio files of the event being edited and a rolling programme of posting them on this site should commence today (Tuesday 19/7/11)…

More soon.

Simon and Kirsty

In the words of one Keynote Speaker: Wow!

Thanks so much to you all for making Wednesday13th such a wonderful day…  So much hard work and effort went into the day – not least of which were the efforts you made to get to the venue. 

There is so much more to say…but Kirsty and Simon will be bombarding you with follow-up materials to ensure you are part of the talk and are well heard.  As you may be aware, we hope that this is but a beginning.  We both spoke with many of you, and this was a view held by all.  The loneliness and isolation of thinking and doing critical disability studies research in places where it isn’t ‘done’ can be so harsh an experience.  So please respond openly, and positively, as we develop this momentum.  And attempt to breach and further inhabit the spaces in-between.

The transdisciplinary future of critical disability studies was present on Wednesday in Warwick.  But many too were absent. Onwards…

What does ‘critical disability studies’ mean to you?

Well, in a (perhaps) trite manner this emerging approach to ‘disability’ means enough that you are making the effort to come along to the conference this week.  But more broadly, this question will linger throughout the day…and likely stick around well beyond the event.

The Keynotes will both be provoking a deeper level of engagement with the breadth – and depth – of potential for critical disability studies.  Have a look at the abstracts of their presentations and see what you think…

From geek to theory chick: Developing understanding(s) of psycho-emotional disablism

 Dr. Donna Reeve, Lancaster University

 In this paper I reflect on the intellectual journey taken during the time I studied for my PhD – complete with missed turnings and numerous mechanical breakdowns. I then discuss the impact that several different theorists have had on the way in which I have explored the concept of psycho-emotional disablism, showing the rich insights which interdisciplinary thinking can bring.  Finally I end by identifying some of the questions which face those of us in critical disability studies if our work is to remain relevant to the everyday lives of disabled people.

Donna Reeve is an honorary research fellow with the Centre for Disability Studies/Applied Social Science at Lancaster University.  Her research interests are psycho-emotional disablism and the complex relationships between disablism, impairment and identity. In addition to contributing to disability theory, Dr Reeve is also working to extend an awareness of psycho-emotional disablism into professional practice.

Dis/entangling critical disability studies

 Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University

 I have been trying recently to articulate what could be meant by a critical disability studies approach. My recent book (Disability Studies: an interdisciplinary introduction, Sage 2011) and a forthcoming paper (with Helen Meekosha, ‘Critical disability studies: A review essay’, for Critical Sociology), account for this emerging trans-disciplinary space of theory, activism and practice through reference to a number of emerging analytical insights including theorizing through materialism; bodies that matter; inter/transectionality; Global disability studies and self and Other [1]. Many of these insights are developed further; by authors in a book I have edited with Bill Hughes and Lenny Davis (Disability and Social Theory, Palgrave McMillan, due late 2011). In this paper I briefly dis/entangle some themes of critical disability studies. While we may well start with disability I will suggest that we should never end with it as we learn from other transformative arenas including feminist, critical race and queer theories.

 [1] I would like to thank Rebecca Lawthom, Shaun Grech, Donna Reeve and Katherine Runswick Cole who have provided interesting feedback on the foci of this paper.

Getting to the conference…

Thanks to all those who’ve shown interest in this event.

If you are planning your journey, then you need to know where to come to.  The conference is taking place in the Wolfson Research Exchange which is a part of the main Library building in the centre of campus.  On the map (PDF version available below, or just click the link to the University’s website) it is building number 33 (in map square D4).

Campus Map via website:    

PDF version:   University of Warwick Map   

If you haven’t been to the University of Warwick before, detailed instructions can be found here:


We so look forward to meeting you on Wednesday.

Kirsty and Simon

We’re full!

Thanks so much to all those who responded to the information about the conference and who requested one of the last few places.  We filled these spaces very quickly and are now unable to take any more delegates.

Final preparations are being made and information for delegates will be coming to you soon.

Less than 3 weeks to go…we so look forward to meeting with you and opening up this critical space.


Kirsty and Simon

Conference Draft Programme

For all of you coming along and participating in this conference, please find attached a Draft Programme of the day.

If you haven’t yet signed up, we have 3 places left (a specific number, rather than the vague marketing guff offered to entice people at the ‘last minute’)…so please, get in contact with Kirsty or Simon via our email address to reserve your place.

We are very excited about being able to bring together such a wealth of ‘new’ talent to share their work and to discuss its implications…for the future of critical disability studies.

Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage

An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

University of Warwick

Wednesday 13th July 2011



10.00 – 10.30 Registration and refreshments
10.30 – 10.45 Introductions and Welcome: Kirsty Liddiard, University of Warwick, and Simon Blake,University of Nottingham
10.45 – 11.30 Keynote speaker: Dr. Donna Reeve, Lancaster University:  From geek to theory chick: Developing understanding(s) of psycho-emotional disablism
11.30 – 11.50 Break and refreshments
11.50 – 12.50 Speaker 1: Liz Shek-Noble, University of Sydney: Deviant Bodies: Disabling Queerness and Queering Disability in Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby
Speaker 2: Michael Feely, Queens University Belfast: Paper untitled
12.50 – 13.50 Lunch
13.50 – 15.20 Speaker 3: Tom Payne, University of Nottingham: Deranged Economies: the strange and destructive role of deaf experience
Speaker 4: Eleanor Lisney, London Southbank University and co-founder of DPAC; Debbie Jolly, co-founder DPAC and Director of Thaedis: Disabled People against Cuts (DPAC): disability identity intersecting with the non disabled mainstream to combat the austerity measures that impact on the lives of disabled people imposed by the Coalition Government
Speaker 5: Naomi Lawson Jacobs, University of Derby:  Transgressive Textual Practices: Analysing Sacred Texts To Investigate Church-Based Practice Towards Disability
15.20 – 15.40 Break and refreshments
15.40 – 16.40 Speaker 6: Jenny Slater, Manchester Metropolitan University: Youth for Sale: using a critical disability studies perspective to examine the commodification of youth
Speaker 7: Anat Greenstein, Manchester Metropolitan University: Today’s Learning Objective Is to Have a Party: Playing Research with Students in a Secondary School SEN Unit
16.40 – 17.30. Keynote speaker: Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University: Dis/entangling critical disability studies
17.30 – Close Wine reception