You are invited to participate in the Neurodiversity Reading Group that will run monthly in London (UK) in the academic year 2019-20. The first meeting will take place on Friday 19 July 2019, 3-5pm, at London South Bank University (Room K507, Keyworth Centre). During the summer (2019), the meetings will take place the third Friday of every month (locations TBC).
The Neurodiversity RG is intended for all academics, students and non-academics who are interested in reading and discussing academic texts on neurodiversity. Each meeting, we aim to read and discuss one or two academic texts and sometimes we will supplement this with non-academic material (text, audio or video). The texts will come from, among others, critical disability studies, intersectionality studies (e.g. race critical, feminist and queer studies), and mad studies. They will be grounded in various academic disciplines and explore various perspectives. While we might read texts that use the medical model of disability, note that we will do so to critique.
For the first meeting (19/07/19) we will discuss the following two texts:
Graby, Steve. (2015). “Neurodiversity: bridging the gap between the disabled people’s movement and the mental health system survivors’ movement?”. In: Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson & Bob Sapey (Eds), Madness, distress and the politics of disablement (pp.231-244): Policy Press. Available here.
McWade, Brigit, Milton, Damian, & Beresford, Peter. (2015). “Mad studies and neurodiversity: A dialogue”. Disability & Society, 30(2), 305-309. Available here.
If you cannot access the readings, get in touch with us (email below) so we can send them to you.
Please make sure that you read the ground rules, which we’re putting in place to develop an inclusive space.
If you want to stay updated about future dates, readings and locations, please do keep an eye here on the blog, on Eventbrite, or send us the organisers an email so we can send reminders.
There is no registration fee, but please register via Eventbrite so that we know your name so you can access the building. Please feel invited to get in touch regarding disability related and other access needs and queries. If you need a ticket for a PA, please get in touch so we can put their name on the list.
We look forward to seeing you 19 July or at one of the following meetings,
Dyi and Emma
Date: Friday 19 July 2019
Location: Room K503, Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University
Address: Keyworth Street, London, SE1 6NG
Access needs: The building and room are wheelchair accessible. We will not use any audio-visual technology. Please get in touch to discuss any needs and queries you have.
Food & drink: Not supplied, but feel free to bring your own.
Facilitators: Dyi Huijg and Emma Sheppard