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

Audio:  http://www.filedropper.com/bsapostgradcdsconference130711keynotedangoodley 

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

Thanks.

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…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:    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/    

PDF version:   University of Warwick Map   

If you haven’t been to the University of Warwick before, detailed instructions can be found here:  http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/

 

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

 

Programme

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

Final few places…come along to this exciting conference

Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage

An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

University of Warwick

Wednesday 13th July 2011

 

CONFERENCE NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to announce this one day conference, ‘Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage’ which is taking place at theUniversity ofWarwick on Wednesday 13th July 2011. The event is sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. Internationally renowned academics Professor Dan Goodley,ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, and Professor Carol Thomas,LancasterUniversity, have been confirmed as keynote speakers.

WHY A POSTGRADUATE CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES CONFERENCE?

In concluding his ground-breaking work mapping the terrain for critical disability studies, Goodley (2011 p.157) asserts: ‘while critical disability studies might start with disability, they never end with it’. Whilst the journey might be less linear than is suggested, along the way ‘intersections’ are encountered and engineered which ‘connect disability studies with other important agendas of class, feminist, queer and postcolonial studies’ (p.157). The literature and debates surrounding disability are expanding and diversifying, and yet these flows are happening against economic, social and policy backdrops which serve to further challenge the potentials for change.  There is then, ever more, a need to open up spaces for transdisciplinary debate about the position and future(s) of critical disability studies.  Postgraduate students addressing and engaging with these issues and debates are at the vanguard of this work.

Critical disability studies is an emerging subfield within the UK, but collective and collaborative spaces within which to explore and interrogate its options are infrequently opened up.  This conference brings together postgraduate students and disability activists from many parts of theUKand beyond to explore some of the key questions which connect to the embrace of a critical perspective to disability research.  In particular, what kinds of critical disability researchers might we ‘be’ and how should critical disability studies research be ‘done’? 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The event will also see the launch of a postgraduate disability research network, Critical Disability Space, which will provide a critical space for postgraduates on a longer term basis. Please see our new website https://criticaldisabilityspace.wordpress.com/ for more details.

If you are interested in attending please contact the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at criticaldisabilityspace@gmail.com before the end of Wednesday 6th July 2011.  Spaces are now extremely limited so please contact as as soon as possible.

Please note that the event is free to attend for British Sociological Association members (membership costs £35.00 for one year and gets you free access to many other events) and £25.00 for non-members.


Call for papers…

Go for it!

We’re now searching out radical papers written by postgraduate researchers – and where you are working with activists and others, all the better.

Here’s the text of the ‘Call for Papers’:

Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage

An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference

University of Warwick

Wednesday 13th July 2011

 CALL FOR PAPERS

We are pleased to announce this one day conference, Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage, taking place at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 13th July 2011. The event is sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. We would therefore like to invite postgraduate student researchers working in the broad field of disability 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.

CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES

In concluding his ground-breaking work mapping the terrain for critical disability studies, Goodley (2011 p.157) asserts: ‘while critical disability studies might start with disability, they never end with it’. Whilst the journey might well be non-linear, along the way ‘intersections’ are encountered and engineered which ‘connect disability studies with other important agendas of class, feminist, queer and postcolonial studies’ (p.157). The literatures and debates surrounding disability continue to expand and diversify.  And yet, these flows are happening against economic, social and policy backdrops which serve to further challenge the potentials for change.  There is then, ever more, a need to open up spaces for transdisciplinary debate about the position and future(s) of critical disability studies.  Postgraduate students addressing and engaging with these issues and debates are part of the vanguard of this work.

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Critical disability studies is an emerging subfield within the UK, but collective and collaborative spaces within which to explore and interrogate its options are infrequently opened up.  This conference will bring together postgraduate students, disability activists and professionals/practitioners to explore some of the key questions which connect to the embrace of a critical perspective to disability research.  In particular, what kinds of critical disability researchers might we ‘be’ and how should critical disability studies research be ‘done’? 

Excitingly, the event will see the launch of a postgraduate disability research network, Critical Disability Space, which will provide a critical space for postgraduates on a longer term basis. Please see our new website https://criticaldisabilityspace.wordpress.com/ for more details.

ISSUES AND THEMES

We welcome papers that address issues, agendas and debates which take, at least broadly, a critical disability studies approach.  Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Concepts and their Re/Conceptualisations:  ‘disability’, ‘impairment’, dis/ableism, as well as approaches based upon models, theories and ideological standpoint positions;
  • Performances of Power: artistic, cultural, political, poetic, ritual; protest and activism; violence/non-violence; politicized and contested spaces
  • Histories and Historical Ontologies: globalisation; colonialism and the postcolonial; empire; industrialization; materialism; gender; ethnicity; sexualities; time and memory.
  • Difference and Dialogue: single impairment through to collective disability identity emphases; identity; intersectionalities; diversity; subjectivities; individualism; normalisation
  • Bodies: impairment; embodiment; self and others; performativity; corporeality, materialization; discursive/transgressive/queer bodies; gendered/raced/classed/sexed bodies; cyborgs and hybrids
  • Action, Motivation and Practice: choice, desire, dependence/independence/co-dependence;  freedom/constraint; 
  • Methodology and methods:  examples and experiences of empirical research taking approaches such as: critical; emancipatory; participatory; emerging;

Please submit a 300 word abstract or poster proposal accompanied by a 100 word biography to the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at criticaldisabilityspace@gmail.com. Presentations must be no longer than 30 minutes inclusive of 10 minutes for questions. We would also like to welcome the submission of research posters. Posters must be between paper sizes A3 – A1.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 28th March 2011.

The event is free to attend for British Sociological Association members and £25.00 for non-members.


Conference Alert! Postgraduate Disability Research: A Critical Space to Engage, 13th July 2011 at the University of Warwick

Keep checking here to find out more about a significant interdisciplinary event for postgraduates working or interested in critical disability research.

Keynote speakers are Professor Carol Thomas and Professor Dan Goodley.

A call for papers, for those interested in participating through sharing their research will be issued in February 2011.

This will not be a one-off happening…the conference acts jointly as the start point for an ongoing connection between postgraduate disability researchers.  This longer term space will be publicised more fully at the conference, but the event facilitators are open to dialogue with those interested in taking a more active part in developing the future of critical disability research, teaching and activism in the UK

Funding for the conference is generously provided by the British Sociological Association as part of their ‘Regional Postgraduate Day School Event’ round 2010/11.  We are very grateful for this support.

Contact:  At this stage, please request further information via the blog.  Thanks.