Reading Groups


You are invited to attend the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group and/or the Intersectional Disability Reading Group. Between May - Dec 2022, only the Intersectional Neurodiversity RG will run, twice a month, with a sole focus on ADHD. Click here to find out how to register for the mailing list.

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/ADHD-led and disabled-led, in case it's relevant -- they are organised and facilitated by an interdisciplinary sociologist (Dr Dyi Huijg).

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 -- even though not all areas (e.g. ADHD studies) have many intersectional texts on offer unfortunately. 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. Now, all meetings are online (Zoom). The organiser is located in London (UK), but people attend from various countries and time zones.

Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group

  • May-Dec 2022: sole focus on ADHD

  • 1st & 3rd Friday of the month

  • 3-4.30pm UK time

  • Start date: July 2019

HIATUS: Intersectional Disability Reading Group

  • This group is on hiatus between May-Dec 2022

  • Start date: Jan 2020 (formerly the Feminist Disability Reading Group)

There was a trial of the Intersectional Pain & Distress Reading Group (March-May 2021), but three RGs a month was not realistic. 

MAILING LIST: for attendance, invites & readings

​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. This will also give you access to the readings three months ahead. 


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