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A hop across the pond: intimate citizenship workshop, Toronto, Canada, 2nd-5th September, 2015

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A hop across the pond: intimate citizenship workshop, Toronto, Canada

This week the Big Society team is in Toronto, Canada. Dan Goodley, The University of Sheffield, Katherine Runswick-Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University, Jodie Bradley, Vicky Farnsworth, Hayley ?? and Annie Ferguson, SpeakUp Self-Advocacy, Rotherham, travelled to participate in the workshop exploring intimate citizenship in the lives of people with learning disabilities ( Their trip was funded by contributions from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, Ryerson University, Canada, McMaster, The University of Sheffield, UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and Tangled Arts, Toronto, Canada. The aim of the workshop is to bring together self-advocates and their allies to discuss intimate citizenship. Intimate citizenship is concerned with the intimate aspect of people’s lives: loving, working and consuming. For more details visit:

For the team, it was also the chance to share our research findings from the current project and to build networks of support and for future research collaborations. We will be blogging about each of the days and some of our reflections from the workshops.

Katherine & Dan

Katherine & Dan


Author: Katherine RC

Katherine is Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University

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