Reading Groups


You are invited to attend the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group and/or the Intersectional Disability Reading Group. 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 disability. A significant portion of the texts comes from the Social Sciences (in the broadest sense), but we read very widely. Both groups are neurodivergent-led and disabled-led - and led by an interdisciplinary sociologist, in case it's relevant.

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.

Intersectional Disability Reading Group

  • 1st Friday of the month

  • 3-4.30pm UK time

  • Start date: Jan 2020

Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group

  • 3rd Friday of the month

  • 3-5pm UK time

  • Start date: July 2019 (formerly the Feminist Disability Reading Group)

There was a trial of the Intersectional Pain & Distress Reading Group (March-May 2021). Rather than have a third RG, the emphasis on pain & distress will be integrated more in the other two RGs. 

MAILING LIST: for attendance and updates

​To subscribe to the mailing list, please do the following:

  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 current degree, 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. You will receive further details once you register. 


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 Dr M. Remi Yergeau's petition