Access Funding

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding to support the Gender and Disability event on Saturday 10th May 2014. We are prioritising this money for subsidising the costs of delegates, presenters and performers to whom finance may be a barrier to attendance.

If having access to these funds would enable your attendance (whether this be with childcare, travel costs, or other access requirements), please get in touch by sending an email to by 13th April 2014. Please briefly explain how the funds could assist you and how much money you would require. Please note, however, that funds are very limited. In order to be equitable, we will not know how much we can offer until after this date, and may not be able to subsidise costs in full.

We hope we can contribute to minimising any financial/access barriers which may make it more difficult for some people to attend the event. Many thanks to the ICOSS Research Centre and the Centre for Gender Research for supplying these funds.

Venue change

The location of the Gender and Disability event has changed. It will now be held a two-minute walk from the previous location, at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY. This is due to unforeseen construction work at the previous venue. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The new location offers many advantages, including conference rooms all on one level and a closer proximity to the tram stop. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the venue.

Call for Ideas

Asking Difficult Questions

Saturday 10th May 2014, Humanities Research Institute (HRI),
University of Sheffield

We’re calling for activists, artists, academics and practitioners to get involved in a day of discussions on the theme of gender and dis/ability. 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, LGBTQI, ‘race’, queer)
Austerity/welfare cuts
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
Queer and crip histories
Sex, sex educators and sex workers

Send us your ideas (around 200 words or half a page of bullet points) by 3rd March 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, to inform us of any particular access requirements please email by 19th April 2014. For further information please contact To book a place please go to:

Hosted by the Gender Research Network (affiliated to the Centre for Gender Research), University of Sheffield,
and the Disability Research Forum, Sheffield Hallam University

Twitter: @GenDisability

Gender and Disability Poster HRI