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Critical Disability Studies Conference

Child, Family and Disability

Free conference hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University

Dates: Wednesday 28 April, 2010 ~ 10am-4pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 5, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (

This conference brings together an international group of disability studies researchers. This call for papers seeks contributions around the following areas:

  • Making sense of and challenging notions of children and childhood
  • Making sense of normal and normalcy
  • Making sense of and challenging ableism
  • Questioning the push to make children hyper-normal
  • Intersections of child, gender, class, ethnicity, ability
  • Examining the ways in which normalcy and ableism function in the lives of disabled children and their families and allies
  • Challenging policy conceptions of child and disability
  • Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities

Keynote speakers will include Professor Patricia McKeever, Senior Scientist, Theme Leader and Bloorview Kids Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, Canada. Professor McKeever’s research interests include: social, philosophical and policy aspects of childhood disability/chronic illness, interdisciplinary scholarship, contemporary social theory and qualitative research methods.

Deadline for paper abstracts: 31 January 2010
Deadline for attendance: 31 March 2010
Abstract and attendance email: Katherine Runswick-Cole,

CFP – Child, Family and Disability