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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.

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Call for papers…

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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.