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Centre for Culture and Disability Studies


Like much work in the field of Disability Studies, the work of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) with the Faculty of Education is fundamentally concerned with social justice: with challenging and changing the inequalities and prejudices that people who are disabled face on a daily basis.

Though there are other centres for Disability Studies in the UK, the CCDS is unique in its focus on culture as the means by which prejudices around disability are circulated and perpetuated.

Aims and objectives

  • To analyse representations of disability in all forms of cultural production (e.g. literature, film, art, advertising, television, etc) and how these shape wider public understandings of disability.
  • To reform the curriculum at all levels of education. Disability remains marginalized in comparison to issues of gender, ethnicity, and sexuality, so we work to promote the inclusion of disability issues and disabled peoples’ voices across the curriculum.


In opposition to all forms of ableism, we have research interests in areas that include nineteenth or twentieth century literature, curricular reform, sensory impairment, identity, terminology, sexuality, feminism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, social psychology, eugenics, embodiment, popular culture, technology, disability representation in popular genres such as science fiction, romance, and crime, national and international inclusion, SEN policy and practice, cognitive acceleration, child development, sociological aspects of education, research methodology, history within primary schools, textbooks and digital media employed within educational settings, equity in education, critical pedagogy, narrative methodology, participatory and emancipatory approaches to research, film, popular entertainment, broadcast media, media activism, and intersectionality.

For further information, please visit the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies website