THEORISING ABLEISM – Theorising Dis/ability Seminar was held in Sheffield on the 24th March, 1-4.00pm
Normalcy2014 – the international conference – was held in Sheffield 7th and 8th July 2014 organised by the University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Chester, the University of Toronto, the University of Leeds, the University of York in association with the White Rose Studies of Ableism Research collaboration.
Members of the White Rose Studies of Ableism presented papers at Normalcy 2013 held at Sheffield Hallam University. Tom Billington (Sheffield) presented a keynote lecture and Dan Goodley and colleagues presented a paper on Big Society and Dis/ability.
Members of the White Rose Studies of Ableism presented three papers at the European Sociology Association (ESA) conference, Turin, 29 – 31st August 2013 (click on links for copies of papers/presentations):
Tom Campbell (University of Leeds) and Angharad Becket (University of Leeds). Challenging Ableism: the UK Disability Movement & Practices of Resistance.
Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield). Theorising Ableism and Disablism: Queer, Crip, Gendered and Raced, for Tomorrow we Ride.goodleypaperforturin-1
Angharad Beckett (University of Leeds). Anti Oppresive Education: Towards an Anti-Ableist pedagogy.TurinPaperAnti-AbleistPedagogy for WR website
Tom Campbell (University of Leeds). Ableism and the Problematisation of Difference: Towards a Genealogy of Dyslexia
We were able to raise the profile of our collaboration through the Disability and Society Conference Network of ESA.
Dan Goodley was invited to represent the White Rose Studies of Ableism and to give a keynote address to a specially organized one day Symposium at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on 29th July 2013 entitled Ableism and the Question of the Human (https://www.facebook.com/events/201256213365813/permalink/210666649091436/)Over 200 delegates attended to hear a number of presentations by Dan Goodley; Kirsty Liddiard; Anne Mcguire; James Overboe; Rinaldo Walcott; and Eddie Ndopu. Papers considered Ableism and its associated tendencies through the critical interventions of black, disability, queer, debility and crip studies. This raised the profile of the White Rose Studies of Ableism not only in Canada and North America but also globally through social networking of twitter and Facebook.
We held a first inception event in June 2013 at Leeds. This was a huge success in terms of turn out with 15 people from the White Rose Universities able to attend with a number of interested others sending apologies. We also co-hosted a seminar Technological Solutions to ‘Not Nice’ Children with the Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice (University of Leeds). Indeed, these connections with other research groupings in our universities provided further opportunities for developing collaboration across the White Rose, including:
Dan Goodley and other colleagues at the University of Sheffield were successful in winning the Sheffield 2022 award for best collaborative research group ‘Biohybrids’ which brings together researchers across disciplines to research relationships between the biological and the social. The prize was 3 x fully funded interdisciplinary postgraduate studentships (starting January 2014). The White Rose Studies of Ableism was cited during the competition as an example of disciplinary and paradigm shifting research.
Goodley and colleagues at the University of Sheffield successfully bid for a 2 year Postdoctoral Research Fellow whom will work with researchers in a host of disciplines to study ‘Transforming Disability, Culture and Childhood: Local, Global and Transdisciplinary Responses’. The fellow will be responsible for developing research bids with colleagues in and outside of Sheffield. This will further enhance the White Rose Studies of Ableism collaboration.