Past Events

Event: Critical Autism Seminar Day and Book Launch *FREE!* Please note that no more places are currently available for this event but you can email your detaials to Katherine Runswick-Cole (see below) if you would like to be included on the waiting list

Dates: Tuesday, 18th January 2011 ~ 9.45am-4.30pm (Book Launch ~ 4.30pm-6.00pm)

Venue: Room 10301 (Third Floor), Arundel Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 122 Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2NE

Hosted by: A free seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum.

Brief description: This seminar day brings together an international group of researchers and calls for papers that will address diverse issues including:

  • deconstructing pathologies and ‘abnormalities’
  • concepts of fear and fascination
  • exploring neurodiversity
  • autism as/and celebrity
  • ‘autism industries’ and the commodification of impairment

Keynote speaker: Anne McGuire (Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada). Anne’s doctoral research analyses the social significance and productive effects of cultural representations of autism produced and circulated by individuals and collectives engaged in autism advocacy in the contemporary West.

The day will end with the launch of Dan Goodley’s much anticipated new text, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction.  We invite you to enjoy refreshments with us after the seminar from 4.30 – 6.00pm and meet the author.

Dan Goodley (Professor of Psychology and Disability Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) presents a book which “injects new energy into disability studies.  He breaches disciplinary walls embracing, inter alia, sociology, critical psychology, cultural studies, inclusive education and psychoanalysis” (Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University).

Our aim is for this conference to be as inclusive as possible. We welcome activists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, practitioners and academics to join us.

In the spirit of an eco-friendly day, registered delegates will be sent an e-pack.

As the conference is free, lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase at the University, if you wish.  Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements so we can make catering outlets aware of delegate requirements.

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st December 2010
  • Deadline for attendance: 6th January 2011

For more information/to submit abstracts, please contact: