Funded PhD Advertised – Exploring the body in education: Gender and Dis/ability

Sheffield Hallam University are advertising funded PhD places across the university. These include PhDs in my (education) department, and within this a couple that are ‘disability’ related (but also lots of others that look interesting – critiquing marketisation, autonomy and ‘teaching excellence’, for example).

Below is the one that I will be supervising alongside the brilliant El Formby and Julia Hirst if somebody is successful in their application. Get in touch if you fancy applying!

More info here (click on the ‘education’ link on the right to get to all the ‘education’ projects).

Project 3: Exploring the body in education: thinking through gender and dis/ability

Although the place of the body within education has been theorised in relation to gender and sexuality (e.g. Paechter, 2004), rarely does it engage with the views of disabled children and young people. Yet, disability is an embodied phenomenon which mediates relations to the world (Titchkosky, 2011; Slater, 2015). This research would use ‘the body’ as a place to bring together disability studies, and theories relating to gender, sexualities and education. The student would be joining a team experienced in working creatively with disabled and non-disabled children/young people through scholarship and research. The research would be qualitative and could use creative, participatory and/or arts-based methodologies. For further information, or informal discussion, please contact Dr Jenny Slater (


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