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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

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



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.


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’? 


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 for more details.

If you are interested in attending please contact the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at 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.