CFP: ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: (Re)claiming the human’, MMU

The Annual International Conference, Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University next July and organisers are calling for papers on (Re)claiming the human: In times of crisis.

Alongside Manchester Met, The Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing will host the conference and it will be run in association with other educational institutions including The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Chester.

The conference aims to bring together activists, students, practitioners and academics to consider the concept of the ‘human’ and collect papers that explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be human in times of crisis?
  • How can we work through the entangled connections of nature, society, technology, medicine and biopower that (un)make the human?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. disabled, vulnerable, hardest hit, scroungers, migrants) being used to define and defend, as well as to resist, ‘human’ ways of being?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. autism, ADHD, depression) being used (and abused) in the (de)construction of the human?
  • How might new conceptions of vulnerability, debility and frailty frame new disability commons?
  • In what ways are new austerity measures shaping narrower and limiting categorisations of the human?
  • What ways are there to explore this within and across wider communities?
  • What is the role of academia (learning, teaching and research)?


Abstracts of no more than 200 words (with an additional short bio of 100 words) should be submitted by 28th February 2016. To submit an abstract, please email

Presenters will be informed of acceptance by 15th March, 2016. To secure a place in the conference programme, presenters should have booked a place by 30th March, 2016. Please inform conference organisers of any accessibility requirements by 30th June, 2016 via the conference email address below.
In the spirit of an eco-friendly conference, registered delegates will be sent information electronically.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Stephanie Davis, Jonathan Harvey and Kirsty Liddiard.

For further information please contact
For delegate fees and to book a place, please visit:
Keep up to date and join the debate on Twitter, use the hashtag #normalcy2016.

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