Critical Disability Studies Conference: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane

mmu_logoFree conference co-hosted by Research Institute of Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Chester, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Iceland.

This two day conference brings together an international group of disability studiesresearchers. Papers will address diverse issues including:

  • Understanding normal and normalcy
  • Making sense of and challenging ableism
  • Addressing our obsession with reason and rationality
  • Questioning the push to make children hyper-normal
  • Exploring when normal becomes normalised
  • Examining the ways in which normalcy and ableism function on the level of the everyday /mundane
  • Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities


Keynote speakers confirmed include Professors Rod Michalko and Tanya Titchkosky (both University ofToronto), Freyja Haraldsdottir (, Iceland), Embla Agustsdottir (University of Iceland) and Larry Arnold (University of Birmingham)

Conference Programme (.doc)
Conference Abstracts (.doc)

Dates: Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May 2010 ~ 10am-4pm each day

Venue: Geoffrey Manton (Lecture Room 5), Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD. For directions click here.