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Pages, Fences and other Two-Sided Ironies Involving Inclusion,Melbourne, Australia

February 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+10

Pages, Fences and other Two-Sided Ironies Involving Inclusion


Pages, Fences and other Two-Sided Ironies Involving Inclusion

Inclusive education journals have increasingly become platforms for special educators applying discourses of inclusion to describe unfettered assumptions about disability, particularly signifying individual defectiveness. This work regularly involves disabling diagnostic discourses un­derwriting the remit of ableists in advocating for segregation of people with disabilities.

The new Journal of Disability Studies in Education (JDSE) is committed to interrogating effects of education cultures articulated through curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, built environment, reporting protocols, and commu­nity relations. It presents conceptions of impairment, disabil­ity and disablement capable of transforming often unproblematised normative ascriptions and arrangements.

Following a session introduction by Dr Tim Corcoran (Managing Editor JDSE; Deakin University), Professor Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield) presents a provocation targeting matters that should matter for the journal’s contributors and readership. Professor Goodley then leads discussion with an esteemed panel involving Professor Roger Slee (Editor in Chief JDSE; University of South Australia), Alfred Deakin Professor Jill Blackmore AM (Deakin University) and Dr Ben Whitburn (Deakin University) to purview what possibilities lay ahead for the journal.

Dan Goodley

Dan Goodley is Professor of Disability Studies and Education at the University of Sheffield.

Dan is interested in theorising and challenging the conditions of disablism (the social, political, cultural and psycho-emotional exclusion of people with physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairments) and ableism (the contemporary ideals on which the able, autonomous, productive citizen is based). Recent work includes Disability Studies, Dis/ability studies, www.humanactivism.org, ihumansheffield.com and www.dishuman.com.

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Roger Slee

Roger Slee is Professor of Education, and was appointed as a Vice-Chancellor’s 100 Professors initiative at the University of South Australia. He is also the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Inclusive Education published by Taylor and Francis.Roger was formerly Deputy Director-General of Education Queensland. He has been adviser to governments and led consulting and development projects in Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, India, Iraq, Kosovo, the Republic of Montenegro, Ethiopia, Singapore and Greece.

Roger’s most recent book was Inclusive Education isn’t Dead, it Just Smells Funny. Published by Routledge.

Jill Blackmore

Jill Blackmore is Alfred Deakin Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. Her research interests include, from a feminist perspective, globalisation, education policy and governance in universities, TAFE, schools and community; international and intercultural education; educational restructuring, leadership and organisational change; spatial redesign and innovative pedagogies; teachers’ and academics’ work and equity policy.

Jill is on the editorial board of 12 international journals, past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), editor of the Australian Education Research for 13 years, and has presented over 100 keynotes to principals, teachers and parents and to executive and academic leadership groups in universities.

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Tim Corcoran

Tim Corcoran practiced for a decade as a Psychologist in two Queensland government departments (Education and Corrective Services). His work has involved teaching, research and professional practice in Australia, the UK and Singapore. His research is dedicated to creating sensible theory-practice options supporting psychosocial ways of knowing/being.

In 2014 he edited Psychology in education: Critical theory-practice (Sense), an international collection of contributions examining critical approaches to educational psychology. More recently he co-edited Disability studies: Educating for inclusion (2015, Sense), Joint action: Essays in honour of John Shotter (2016, Routledge), Critical Educational Psychology (2017, Wiley), and Who’s In, Who’s Out: What to do about inclusive education (2018, Brill).

Tim is currently the Teaching and Research Coordinator for Inclusive Education, School of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Follow Tim Corcoran on Twitter.

Ben Whitburn

Dr Ben Whitburn is an early career researcher and senior lecturer in inclusive education in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.

Ben’s background in education extends more than ten years teaching students with and without disabilities of secondary and higher education. Ben has been involved in developing and delivering the inclusive education pathways units of the Master of Teaching at Deakin University.

As a disabled scholar, Ben examines inclusive education policy and practice for its capacity to promote equal opportunities for young people with disabilities. Drawing on the perspectives of people who live with disability, Ben’s research seeks to develop inclusive practice in education that addresses in particular inaccessible built and online learning environments, pedagogy and social marginalisation.

Ben has a published record of research in the field of inclusive education for which he was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Disability Studies in Education Junior Scholar Award in 2014. Ben is a member of REDI (Research for Educational Impact) in the School of Education.

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February 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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