School Research Seminar - The Queer Disability Studies Network: What is it for and why does it need to exist?

We're delighted to welcome Ned Coleman-Fountain (Uni of Northumbria), Charlotte Jones (Uni of Exeter), Rhi/Harvey Humphrey (Uni of Strathclyde) and Jen Slater (Sheffield Hallam Uni) to speak this week


This presentation will introduce the Queer Disability Studies Network. It will set out why we felt that it was necessary to set up the Queer Disability Studies Network, describe its aims, and identify the next steps for the network. Through providing this introduction, we will draw out our aspirations for the network as a diffuse intersectional and interdisciplinary space in which the politics and theory of trans, queer and disability research are able to fold into and inform one another. We will discuss what kinds of spaces might be needed in order to bring together voices that have been hitherto marginal in trans, queer, and disability scholarship and activism, and ask how those might relate to, inform and enrich, existing spaces of academic research and social justice. We will consider ways in which Queer Disability Studies draws on links between queer, trans and disability scholarship and activism that has gone before and consider what might be next for those relationships. We invite you to join us in considering how we continue these conversations and relationships.

Speaker biographies

Ned Coleman-Fountain (he/him) is senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Northumbria, where he is currently EDI lead in the Department of Social Sciences. His current research focuses on the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality in the contexts of adult social care

Charlotte Jones (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (WCCEH), University of Exeter. Her research addresses issues of gender, sexuality, disability, and health.

Rhi/Harvey Humphrey
really likes poetry
creative flair
A poststructuralist sociologist
they really like language, discourse and bodies
they’re just a bit interdisciplinary
and into creative methodologies
On an ESRC postdoc fellowship
at the University of Strathclyde
making a play out of scholarship
writing poems on the side

Jen Slater (they/them) is a Reader in Queer Disability Studies and Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Their research draws on disability, queer, trans and gender studies to consider relationships disability, gender and the body. They are also interested in critical explorations of developmental discourse, issues of access/accessibility and institutional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (EDI).

Event practicalities and joining details

The event will be held on Zoom, access the meeting via the link and joining details below:

Meeting ID: 889 9205 0157
Passcode: z7^hNV

No booking required.


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