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British Sociological Association

2014 Equality Lecture

Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: from disabling barriers to equal participation

30 May 2014 from 6.00-8.00pm

British Library Conference Centre

London, UK

In this talk, the researcher and disability rights advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare will explore what it takes to achieve equality for disabled people, in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ‘welfare reform’. Barrier removal and reasonable adjustments make workplaces more accessible, but only if the extra costs which disabled people face are met through state benefits. Because disability is so diverse, ensuring that all disabled people can flourish requires more than simply levelling the playing field. Where next for disability equality?

Tom Shakespeare is a senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked at the World Health Organization where he was one of the authors and editors of the World Report on Disability (2011). Author of Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited (2013) among other publications, Tom has been involved in the disability movement since 1986.

The event will be chaired by Howard Wollman, Chair of the British Sociological Association.


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Past Lectures

These events are jointly hosted by the British Sociological Association and The British Library and were introduced in 2011.


15 April 2013 – The Art of Association: the formation of egalitarian social capital

Danielle Allen

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25 June 2012 – What’s So Good About Being More Equal?

Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

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27 June 2011 – The Spirit Level

Professor Richard Wilkinson, the Equality Trust




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Call for Papers

Exploitation: conceptual, normative and political perspectives

Manchester Workshops in Political Theory, August 31 – September 2, 2011

Charges of exploitation are levelled on a daily basis against different agents in different contexts: trade and market exchanges, work relationships, as well as personal relationships. Although the concept of exploitation has been central to the Marxist critique of capitalism, the pervasiveness of exploitation has also received attention by non-Marxist political philosophers.

This workshop will attack three main questions: first, what exactly constitutes exploitation, second, whether exploitation is best conceived as necessarily involving a transgression of rights, justice or fairness and, third, whether (the best account of) exploitation can still function as a tool for effective social critique, from personal relationships (such as the family) to economic structures (such as the mode of production).

Our aim is a rigorous treatment of the conceptual, normative and political intricacies of exploitation. We welcome papers that contribute to this aim, including work in analytic philosophy, analytic sociology and normative political science.

Please send an abstract, by May 31st, to the workshop convenors, Adina Preda and Nicholas Vrousalis, at:


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Saturday 19th March 2011

10.00 – 4.00pm

Park Campus

University of Northampton

Northampton NN2 7AL


Full fee: £35 (early payment by March 1st £30)

Non-waged / Students: £10


Anna Henry (Head of Social Analysis & Foresight, Equality & Human Rights Commission)

Professor Andy Pilkington (Professor of Sociology at the University of Northampton)

Lystra Hagley-Dickinson (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Northampton)

Manny Barot (Ex-Police Officer with Leicestershire Police. Researcher into equality and human rights within the criminal justicesystem)

Dr. Fionna Warner-Gale (Senior Visiting Fellow. Children, Young People and Mental Health. University of Lincoln)

Surinder Sharma (Director for Equality and Human Rights with the Department for Health)

Dave Coppock (Director, AimHigher Nottinghamshire)

Dr. Jane Callaghan (Senior Lecturer, Psychology, University of Northampton. Course Leader for Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

Martin Pratt (Corporate Director, Children & Learning, Luton Borough Council)

Floyd Douglas (Children’s Services, Northamptonshire County Council)

Dr. Daniel Burdsey (Senior Lecture in the Sociology of Sport at Brighton University)

Cyrille Regis MBE (Ex-professional footballer and England International)

Ben Cohen (Ex-England and Northamptonshire Saints rugby player. Now playing for Sale. Campaigns against homophobia in sport)

How Fair is Britain?

This is the question posed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its 700-page anatomy of disadvantage in the 21st century published in 2010. In the context of the new Equality Act 2010, and also the Government’s proposals around the “Big Society” and the future for public services in particular, this conference could not be more timely. The aim of this conference is to engage with these issue by drawing together academics and professionals/practitioners to look at challenges, and outline solutions, to make Britain fairer, based on how far we have come over the past 12 years.

Conference Themes:

  • Fairness and the Criminal Justice System
  • Fairness and Education
  • Fairness in Social Care / Local Government
  • Fairness in Health
  • Fairness in Sport


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UEL Centre for Cultural Studies Research presents: The Politics of Pain
8 December 2010, 15:00 to 17:00

Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain affect the social fabric, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? This is the second seminar in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research’s three-part “Debt, Pain, Work” series that interrogates the discourses and policies of the coalition government.


Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Mike Rustin, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of The Good Society and the Inner World

Jeremy Gilbert, Reader in Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics

For more Information and for a full audio recording of the last seminar in this series see:

UEL Docklands Campus
Transport: Cyprus DLR station is located right next to the campus (just follow signs out of the station)

Room  EB.G.14: (Ground Floor, East Building, which is to the left on entering the main square from Cyprus station)

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Barnard Forum on Emancipation and Politics*


Capitalism and Justice: Towards a Human Community

Vivek Chibber (Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU)
Frederick Neuhouser (Professor of Philosophy at Barnard)

21 October, 7.30pm

304 Barnard Hall

Barnard College

New York

* Organized by: Bashir Abu-Manneh ( and Frederick Neuhouser (

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