The Disability Studies in Education (DSE) annual conference will be hosted in July 2014, by The Victoria Institute, Victoria University, Melbourne.
Sponsored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), this will be the first time in its 14-year history that the conference will be held in Australia. The conference is renowned for attracting academics and thinkers from all over the world to discuss the latest thinking on key issues in disability studies.
DSE 14 aims to engage the full education spectrum, from early years to year 12, through to higher education and beyond. This conference serves as a platform to shape future practice and thinking around key issues to do with disability studies in education.
The conference will take place at our City Queen Campus, from 25-27 July 2014.
Keynote speakers will include:
- Professor Dan Goodley, The University of Sheffield, England
- Dr Katherine Runswick Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
- Professor Athina Zoniou Sideri, The University of Athens
- Kevin Cocks AM, the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for Queensland
- Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
- Stephanie Gotlib, Executive Officer, Children with Disability Australia.
The conference has a strong tradition of exploring questions and topics such as:
- How to address the self-imposed limitations on special education research and practice?
- Inflexible social systems are usually the primary cause of disability, not individual shortcomings.
- Practical implications for teachers and children.
- The importance of individual and family experiences and perspectives.
- Cultivating academic, social and political alliances.
- Disability and the law.
Abstract and paper submissions for DSE14 are now open. We encourage the submission of papers across a broad range of topics addressing issues in disability studies in education. Two edited books and a special journal issue will be published from papers presented at the conference.
Please note that abstract submissions have now closed.
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Our research aims to build better learning for students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.