19 Apr 2024 - 20 Apr 2024 All day Online & Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ


Keynote speakers

  • Maren Conrad (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Ria Cheyne (Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom)


The idea for this conference evolved from several PhD students at the Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Cambridge working on or adjacent to disability studies who found that there had not been sufficient space yet to discuss their ideas, thoughts, and analyses. We therefore envisioned to provide fresh space for conversations about the representation of disability in texts for young people from an interdisciplinary and international perspective and to ask: what can disability studies do for children’s and young adult literature? And what can children’s and young adult literature do for disability studies? The symposium shall not only provide space for scholars already working on the discourse to connect, especially across various cultural, geographical, and disciplinary borders, as well as ideally get in touch with and exchange ideas with individuals from various backgrounds and professions, but also to encourage attendees not yet overly familiar with the discourse to be introduced to the field, consider disability studies as a framework for analyses, and potentially deconstruct ableist thinking and behaviour.

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