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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Call for Papers: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 3nd International Conference

Call for Papers: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 3nd International Conference

'Theme: Cripping the Norm'
26th- 27th June 2012 University of Chester, United Kingdom
A conference jointly-hosted by University of Chester in association with Critical Disability Studies (Manchester Metropolitan University) (MMU) and the Disability Research Forum (Sheffield Hallam University).
This 3rd international conference builds on the success of the Normalcy2010 and Normalcy2011 conferences held in Manchester and seeks, again, to bring together an international group of disability studies researchers. Our conference moves to the beautiful Cathedral town of Chester (located on the border of England and Wales).
This call for papers seeks contributions around the following areas:
- exploring the cultural and political production of normalcy
- addressing our obsession with reason and rationality
- connecting ableism with other hegemonies including heterosexism, racism and ageism
- analysing the barriers and possibilities of the mundane and extraordinary
- deconstructing new pathologies and 'abnormalities'
- celebrating deviations from the norm
- affirming crip identities and ways of living
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be sent to no later than the 10th April 2012. You will be notified of the decision made by the committee by 1st May 2012.
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 conference, registered delegates will be sent an e-pack. Details of accommodation near the venue will also be sent to delegates. This year, to cover costs of refreshment and lunches, we will be charging a flat rate of £75 per delegate. Free registration is still available however for full time students and the out of work.

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