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Critical Dis/ability Studies

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Critical Disability Studies: Thoughts on an Inter-disciplinary Field

In this free public lecture, Professor Dan Goodley (Sheffield) will introduce four established approaches to the study of disability; The medical, moral, minority, relational and cultural models of disability.

Critical disability studies is a place populated by people who advocate building upon the foundational perspectives of disability studies, whilst integrating new and transformative agendas associated with postcolonial, queer and feminist theories.

Paying due consideration to four emerging approaches of critical disability studies, Crip Studies, Critical Studies of Ableism, Global South Disability Studies and Dis/ability Studies, Dan will then consider three key themes that may well shape some of the next stages of critical disability studies scholarship, research and activism:


  • The question of the human
  • Bodies that matter
  • The global biopolitics of dis/ability


These are only Dan's suggestions for future research. But any which way we take forward the study of disability should always do so with this in mind: Disability is a category that captures the marks of discrimination but it is also a category that invites a reconsideration about how we live our lives and a category that shapes the kinds of political, moral and ethical questions of our times.


Professor Dan Goodley

Professor Dan Goodley

Dan Goodley is Professor of Disability Studies and Education at the University of Sheffield. Dan is interested in theorising and challenging the conditions of disablism (the social, political, cultural and psycho-emotional exclusion of people with physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairments) and ableism (the contemporary ideals on which the able, autonomous, productive citizen is based). Recent work includes Disability Studies, Dis/ability studies, www.humanactivism.org, ihumansheffield.com and www.dishuman.com.

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