Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University

Owen Barden, Claire Penketh, and Ria Cheyne
Photo: Owen Barden, Claire Penketh, and Ria Cheyne give a plenary panel at Disability and Disciplines 2017.

Disability, in the field of education, is often conceptualised along the lines of accessibility and/or Special Educational Needs. While critical engagement with these issues is certainly encouraged and supported, the main focus of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies is on challenging and changing all aspects of dehumanising practice, on fully acknowledging the ontology and epistemology of people who are disabled. This focus often pertains to the content of courses, the dire need for curricular reform. Whether we work in schools, colleges, or universities, there can be no denying that disability is represented extensively in the cultural artefacts on which so many of our lessons and courses are based, yet the critical engagement with these representations is frequently absent from the curriculum. The result for disabled learners is inclusion without profundity: the result for learners in general is an inherently deficient knowledge base. This state of affairs reveals a multitude of practical and theoretical issues about not only learning and teaching, but also identity, culture, society, prejudice, embodiment, terminology, discourse, attitudes, representation, personhood, and so on.  Disability, therefore, has interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary relevance even within the field of education.

The Centre for Culture & Disability Studies hosts and/or endorses a growing array of internationally recognised courses, publications, research projects, events, series, networks, and affiliations.

Prof David Bolt, Director
0151 291 3346
Core Members:
Dr Owen Barden, Senior Lecturer
Dr Ana Bê Pereira, Lecturer
Dr Marie Caslin, Lecturer
Dr Ria Cheyne, Senior Lecturer
Dr David Feeney, Lecturer
Dr Manel Herat, Senior Lecturer
Dr Alan Hodkinson, Associate Professor
Dr Ella Houston, Lecturer
Ms Holly Lightburn, Academic and Editorial Support Worker
Dr Claire Penketh, Head of Department and Associate Professor
Dr Erin Pritchard, Lecturer
Ms Irene Rose, Tutor and Doctoral Candidate
Dr Laura Waite, Lecturer
Postal Address:
Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD