International conference-cum-workshop on Marginalization Processes 17 - 19 October 2011

The Research group KKOM-DS (Communication, Culture and Diversity – Deaf Studies) at School of HumES (Humanities, Education and Social Sciences), Örebro University, SWEDEN, invites participation at it's sixth international research conference-cum-workshop. The theme of Marginalization Processes will be focused upon in our forthcoming workshop that is supported by The Swedish Research Council. This activity builds upon a tradition of exploratory research workshops organized by the group since the end of the 1990s
(information about previous international workshops)

Theme description

Engaging with current issues and challenges facing Northern societies, the Marginalization Processes international workshop aims at both (i) bringing into limelight current research that focuses upon the processes that marginalize children, young people and adults, and (ii) providing a forum for senior and junior researchers who despite being situated in different academic domains and disciplines find common ground because of an interest in issues of marginalization from a social practices perspective.

Aspects like the reach and quality of educational and support systems like schools, health services, security, etc in democratic societies are seen as central for citizens wellbeing and development. Institutional systems in nation states in the North make available education, health care, etc but the nature and relevance of opportunities that young people have access to is an issue that goes beyond the level of availability and provision. Recognizing marginalization processes of different kinds, for instance historical and present day processes that influence the opportunities that young people have access to is thus significant. Given the complexities that mark present day societies, for instance digital, social and cultural shifts and an increasing pace of change and diversification that is contingent upon global, national and local levels, the MP international conference-cum-workshop explicitly aims to,

  • Enable the discussion of current research results from different perspectives and representing different domains/disciplines that build upon micro studies of marginalization processes and how these may renew our understandings of institutionalized educational and other support systems
  • Provide a platform for discussing methodological and conceptual questions of relevance for marginalization processes in the light of ongoing aspects of change, diversification and mobility
  • Facilitate the development of new trans-disciplinary research and new inter-sector networks that will provide an opportunity for theoretical and applied knowledge transfer across different sectors in society – academic, public, voluntary, etc.

More on the MP workshop theme

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Petter Dyndahl, Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway.
    Title: Cultural configuration of class distinctions.
    Marginalization processes in music education and research.
    Research areas: musicology and music education, ethnology and human communication.
  • Professor Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, USA
    Title: The Place of Childhoods in School writing Programs: A Matter of Ethics
  • Abstract
    Research areas: the study of literacy, pedagogy, and contemporary, diverse childhoods.
  • Dr. Lakshmi Fjord, University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Title: “Letting the Natural Happen”: Critical Studies of Bioethics and Deaf Children
    Research Areas: Research areas: critical disability theory, diversity & race, pediatric deafness and cochlear implants.
  • Associate Professor Eva Hjörne, Gothenburg University, Sweden
    Title: Normalizing the marginalized – educational dilemmas and pedagogical practices in the ADHD-classroom
    Research areas: special education, historical and contemporary understandings of functional disability, social interaction and learning.
  • Dr. Amy Sheldon, University of Minnesota, USA
    Title: Regularities and "irregularities" in preschoolers' gender expression in oral texts produced in pretend play: What can children contribute to discussions about marginalization?
    Research areas: language use in human communication, child first and second language acquisition and spoken discourse.

Conference-cum-workshop Chair:

Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta

Organization Committee:

Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Lazaro Moreno, Britt Tellgren,
Åsa Wedin & Marianne Öberg-Tuleus

Administration Committee:

Kicki Ekberg & Giulia Messina Dahlberg

Sponsored by:

The Swedish Research Council


Preliminary Program
(10th of October)


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