This year CAPPE is hosting a series of monthly online talks on disability politics. These will take place on Wednesday evenings 6pm-7.30pm. Please contact with any general questions and/or accessibility requirements.


16th November – Luke Beesley, ‘Decades of Defeat: Militancy and Self-Organisation after the Disabled People’s Movement

Luke is a PhD candidate at the University of Brighton. He has written for a number of peer review journals and political media, and is the editor of the disabled activist and political theorist Paul Hunt’s Collected Works’.


14th December – Ellen Clifford, ‘A Reinvigorated Social Model of Disability’

Ellen is a disabled activist and author of The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe published by Zed Books, which won the 2021 Bread and Roses award for Radical Publishing. She has worked and campaigned within the disability justice sector for 24 years, predominantly within organisations run and controlled by Deaf and Disabled People (DDPOs). She sits on the Disabled People Against Cuts national steering group and is Co-Chair of the Experts by Experience Commission on Social Security. She is about to start work on her second book Dispensable Lives: COVID-19, Disability and Profit to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in early 2024.


18th January – National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities (CNLD), ‘The Movement for Disabled Latinx in the US’

The National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities is a volunteer organisation comprised of Disabled Latinx leaders and allies across the US. Their role is “to advocate, provide resources, and build community for Latinxs with disabilities” through building a national community of Latinxs with disabilities, their service providers and advocates; protecting the rights of Latinxs with disabilities; and providing educational and legal resources on issues important to the community.


8th February – Lucy Burke, ‘Genetic Fictions: Imagining Disabled Lives in Contemporary Debates about Prenatal Diagnosis’

Lucy is Principal Lecturer in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She specialises in critical medical humanities, literary and cultural disability studies and critical and cultural theory. Her research considers representations of dementia and cognitive disability in contemporary literature, life writing and film. She is also interested in cultural representations of disability more generally and in the impact of new medical technologies on the ways in which we think about ourselves and others.


29th March – Ioana Cerasella Chis, ‘The Centrality of Disablement: Subjectivation to the Reproduction of Capitalist Social Relations’

Ioana Cerasella Chis is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. Her interests lie in social & political theory, the philosophy of technology, and the politics of work and disablement.


12th April – Steve Graby, ‘Co-operation for Liberation: Disabled People and Co-ops in the UK’

Steve Graby is an independent scholar-activist in the field of Disability Studies and the Disabled People’s Movement. Their PhD thesis, ‘Personal Assistance: The Challenge of Autonomy’ led to their current ISRF-funded research on disabled people’s involvement in co-operatives (of all kinds) in the UK. Their other research interests are neurodiversity, the social model of disability and its intersections with queer and trans-inclusive feminist theory, anarchism and psychogeography.


10th May – Sophie Carapetian, ‘The Intersections of Art and Labour’

Sophie is an artist whose work seeks to interrogate the relation between art and capital through reflections on labour and wage struggles within the arts economy.


7th June – Rebecca Yeo, ‘Disability and Migration’

Rebecca Yeo is a Senior Research Associate (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow) in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research centres around experiences of disability and forced migration in the UK, exploring how intersectional injustices could be addressed. She is currently undertaking a research project on ‘Refining and Promoting a ‘Social Model of Asylum’ as a tool to transform responses to disability and forced migration in the UK’.


5th July – Kirstie Stage, ‘Disabled People, Labour Markets and Exploitation in the late 20th Century’

Kirstie’s thesis examines the labour and livelihoods of disabled people between 1970 and 2015, investigating the mechanisms through which disabled people expressed, understood, and engaged with important issues within their social and professional lives.





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