2013 Conference

The 2013 Conference was a great success; thanks to everyone who came.

Children’s relationships, embodied social capital and disability: connecting scales of inclusion and exclusion.

Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK.

10.00am – 5.00pm, Monday 8th July 2013.

Keynote speaker: Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield

Panel members:

Professor Deborah Youdell, University of Birmingham

Professor Janice McLaughlin, University of Newcastle

Dr Anita Franklin, Coventry University

Jon Hewitt, Headteacher, The Castle School, West Berkshire.

This one day conference is an end of project event. The project has explored how children’s social relationships play a part in processes of inclusion and exclusion in contemporary schooling. The research has examined how children’s everyday practices in school, home and leisure spaces creates embodied social capital, (re)producing disability as an identifier that that intersects with other ‘axes of power’ (e.g. class, gender, ethnicity) to reproduce or transform enduring material inequalities.

Findings illuminate issues such as: the significance of relationships to school and social inclusion, hierarchies of accepted identities, structural factors (e.g. transport, support networks, leisure activity provision), interventions made in children’s relationships, the role of special schools, and methodological approaches.

We would especially like to invite parents, children and young people, policy makers, and researchers of education, children and youth, geography, sociology and disability studies to participate in this event.

The conference will include a keynote speech by Professor Gill Valentine, presentation of project findings, panel discussions, and workshops. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Please confirm attendance.

The conference is free to attend, and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant number: RES-062-23-1073).

You can download a copy of the conference programme here: booklet_4

You can download our presentation here: final diss event 4_without audio

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