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You are invited to attend the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group (set up July 2019) and/or the Intersectional Disability Reading Group (set up January 2020). The reading groups are intended for academics, students, and activists and community members who are interested in reading and discussing intersectional academic texts on neurodiversity and/or disabilityBoth groups are neurodivergent-led and disabled-led. (Scroll down for details how to register.) 

Each meeting, we read and discuss one academic text and sometimes we will supplement this with non-academic material (text, audio or video). The texts aim to have an intersectional angle and come from, specifically, critical disability and neurodiversity studies, intersectionality studies (e.g. race critical, feminist and queer studies), as well as mad studies. They are grounded in various academic disciplines and explore a range of perspectives. While we might read texts that use the medical model of disability, note that we will do so to critique.

All meetings are held on Fridays, and all regular meetings start 3pm UK time - for registration details, see below. The Neurodiversity RG met in London (UK) pre-Covid, but the Disability RG met online from the start. Currently, all meetings are online (Zoom). The organisation is currently located in London, UK, but people attend from various countries and time zones. We also organise, as and when, 'spin-off events' (e.g. conversations about specific topics and webinars).

Flipped webinar 9 Jul 2021: 'Intersectional Approaches to Disability and Race' (click here)

For the recordings of the symposium Feminist Perspectives on Neurodiversity and Neuronormativity (29 Jan 2021), go to our YouTube Channel (click here)

READING GROUPS

Intersectional Disability Reading Group

Meetings: 1st Friday every month, 3-4.30pm (UK time)

Meeting dates & readings: click here​​

  • Next meeting is Fri 7 May. Theme: Advocacy 

Intersectional Pain & Distress Reading Group  (this is a trial of 3 months)

Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month, 3-4.30pm (UK time)

Meeting dates & readings: click here

  • Next meeting is Fri 14 May. Theme: Colonial trauma

Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group

Meetings: 3rd Friday every month, 3-5pm (UK time)

Meeting dates & readings: click here

  • Next meeting is Fri 21 May. Theme: Applied Behavioural Analysis

REGISTRATION & how to stay updated

If you are interested in attending one or more meetings, please read both the ground rules  and the facilitation, communication & access page first. Then send an email to intersect.nd.dis.rg AT gmail.com and include the following information:​

  1. which reading group(s) you want to register for

  2. confirm you read the ground rules and will abide by them

  3. confirm you read the facilitation page and will consider this

  4. your name

  5. if you're a student or academic, what your your discipline and institution is; if you're an activist or community member, a line about your background or interests (this is to help facilitating, not to police!)

  6. your access needs in terms of adjustments that you need from the reading group's facilitation - and let us know if you want to have a chat about this

  7. your country/time zone (if not the UK).

Your name will then be added to our mailing list(s) and you will receive regular reminders.  

 

FURTHER DETAILS:

NOTE (07/2020): the reading groups have stopped reading articles published in the journal Disability & Society after May 2018, in recognition of trans rights as disability rights. For  background information, see Dr Jen Slater and Dr Kirsty Liddiard's (2018) article "Why Disability Studies Scholars Must Challenge Transmisogyny and Transphobia" and Yergeau's petition