Seminar 2

Anomalous Bodies: Disability and Ageing

Queen's University, Belfast

Date:  10-11 Sep 2009
Time:  9:30 am 5:30 each day
Venue: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park, BT7 1LP


The major aim of this ESRC series is to raise the bar on our awareness of what women’s health is about in the 21st century in the context of current intersectional conceptions of race, class, sex/gender and biology, and the emergence of new technologies and new theorisations and understandings of the body.

The aim of the seminar on Anomalous bodies: disability and ageing is to open up a discussion around the moments in which one’s cultural  perceptions fail, when one cannot with surety read the body that one sees. The body may be preoperative, transitional, or postoperative; even ‘seeing’ the body may not answer the question: for what are the categories through which one sees?
Disability has in recent years attracted growing attention, not least in the light that is thrown on the question of vulnerability in relation to all bodies. Nonetheless, further non-conventional understanding of disabled embodiment are needed. Similarly, although work on the body in old age has begun to emerge, it remains scattered.

The 2 day workshop on Anomalous Bodies: Disability and Ageing will focus on the following questions:

  1. What are anomalous bodies in the current context of: bodies, gender, disability, and ageing?
  2. What is the relation between the practices and values of biomedicine and the cultural imaginary? 
  3. How could the normativities of gendered embodiment be challenged through further consideration of disability and ageing in particular?


Confirmed speakers include

Professor Pat McKeever (University of Toronto)
Dr Janet Price (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
Dr Lisa Diedrich (SUNYat Stonybrook) 
Professor  Sara Arber (University of Surrey, UK)
Dr Dana Rosenfeld  (University of Keele, UK)
Dr Katy Radford (Queens University Belfast, NI) 


  • There is no registration fee for the workshop and lunch will be provided
  • Spaces are limited so intending participants should contact one of the organisers or register using the online form as soon as possible
  • Those needing overnight accommodation should contact Dr Azrini Wahidin to reserve a room. The approximate hotel price is £75 per single en-suite; or £40 for modest en-suite on campus
  • Directions to and maps of Queen’s campus can be obtained on
  • Please click here to open a map showing directions From/To Holiday Inn Express (University Street) in PDF format.
  • Restaurants in the University Area (all wheelchair accessible unless noted) :

Deanes at Queen’s – book beforehand 028 9038 2111
Villa Italia (Italian) – book beforehand 028 9032 8356
Scalini (Italian) – book beforehand 028 9032 0303
Madisons – 028 9050 9800
China China – book beforehand 028 9032 0100
Dukes – 028 9023 6666
AM PM – not wheelchair accessible
The House – book beforehand 028 9068 2266
Beatrice Kennedy – not wheelchair accessible 028 9020 2290

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  • Taxis in the University Area :

A.A Taxis tel. 028 9032 4033
Fonacab  tel. 028 90333333
Value Cabs tel. 028 90809080
City Cab Taxis tel. 028 9024 2000

Future seminars/workshops in the Retheorising Women’s Health series focus on:

Prosthetic Bodies (Lancaster, January   2010)

Estranged Bodies (Liverpool, November 2010)

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