Gender and Disability: Asking Difficult QuestionsPicture of the ICOSS building at the University of Sheffield

Staff and postgraduate research students from the Department of Sociological Studies are to arranging an event on the theme of gender and disability, and are inviting others to get involved.

‘Gender and Disability: Asking Difficult Questions’ will take place at Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY, University of Sheffield, on Saturday 10 May 2014.

We’re calling for activists, artists, academics and practitioners to get involved in a day of discussions on the theme of gender and disability. We welcome ideas for the sharing of skills and stories, art, performances, poetry, workshops, round-table discussions, papers and presentations.

The event aims to create a space for conversations and debate between communities who share an interest in gender and disability.

Some ideas for topics/themes:

  • (Dis)ableism, discrimination, exclusion and (in)accessibility 'Abnormal', 'Normal' and Normalcy
  • Activism and protest (disability, feminist, LGBT, ‘race’, queer) Austerity/welfare cuts
  • Autonomy and interdependence
  • Body image, fetishisation, and the medicalization of bodies and minds Desire, Sexuality, intimacy and relationships
  • Freakery, the abject and the politics of disgust
  • Health and Illness
  • Identities and identity politics
  • Life-course and ageing
  • Mental health and mad pride
  • Post-humanism
  • Queer and crip histories
  • Sex, sex educators and sex workers

Send your ideas (around 200 words or half a page of bullet points) by 24th February 2014 to

This will be a free event. Food will be available to buy at the venue. We want to make this event as accessible as possible, so to inform us of any particular access requirements, please email by 19th April 2014.

To book a place please go to: For further information please contact

The event will be hosted by the Gender Research Network, University of Sheffield, and the Disability Research Forum, Sheffield Hallam University. It is being funded by the ICOSS Research Centre and the Centre for Gender Research.