Centre for Culture &
                Disability Studies  

Our Symposium

Disability Gains for the Academy: Exploring Pedagogies in Disability Studies

Date: Thursday 18 May, 2017

The field of disability studies is recognised and valued for research and practice across disciplines in the UK and beyond. This symposium aims to explore distinctive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that have emerged from and with disability studies. It takes place within the context of recent changes to Disabled Student Allowances (DSA), the emergence of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the mantra of embedding inclusive practice.

Recent work by Rosemary Garland-Thompson, Petra Kuppers, Georgina Kleege and David Bolt amongst others, has sought to exemplify the benefits of disabled students and staff to the academy. This one-day symposium offers an opportunity for those working in the field to share their practice with academics from across the sector through the presentation and discussion of practice.

If you are interested in presenting work at this event please send an abstract of approximately 250 words to ccds@hope.ac.uk by 7th April 2017.

The event will explore, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  1. Who teaches disability studies?
  2. Where is disability studies located in the academy?
  3. What is the role of embodied pedagogy in teaching and learning about disability?
  4. What role does affect play in strengthening pedagogies in disability studies?
  5. To what extent do we exemplify the use of universal design in disability studies?
  6. How does assessment design resonate with the aims and values of disability studies?
  7. How do we prepare students to research disability?
  8. Can the writing of accessible texts enhance academic writing in the academy?
  9. Can the use of audio-description enhance engagement with learning as first stage semiotic analysis?
  10. Can audio description support the development of multimodal forms of learning?
  11. What are the benefits of interdisciplinary forms of learning to disability studies?

The event is hosted by the department of Disability and Education and the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. For further information please contact Dr Claire Penketh: penketc@hope.ac.uk



The Symposium of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Date: Wednesday 16 December, 2015
Time: 9:30am–2:30pm
Place: The EDEN Building, Liverpool Hope University, UK

The Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) is the institutional base for the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool University Press) and the book series Literary Disability Studies (Palgrave Macmillan). Given that the journal is approaching its 10th anniversary and the series has started publishing its 1st run of books, the CCDS will now endeavour to sustain this progress in the field by hosting the Symposium of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. This is a unique opportunity to explore and exchange new ideas about literary and cultural representations and theories of disability.

Thanks to the anonymous external reviewers the papers have now been selected for inclusion: