Being stuck between the end of an MA and the beginning of a PhD programme (I hope) is somewhat isolating. I have all sorts of things to say and no one to listen to me. Apart from my long-suffering partner, that is — who, while interested in all things social theory-related, does have a tendency to go away and have a real life. Inconveniently.

So this is my space to explore the concepts with which I’m grappling. Disability as a social construct, and all the complex contradictions that emerge from that. Theories and politics of identity, which I’m currently exploring in order to fit my responses to disability theory into wider contexts. Religion in late modernity, especially where it relates back to identity. Feminist theory, which I’ve been interested in for much longer than the rest, but which I don’t know nearly enough about. And anything else I can get my limited but happy little brain into.

In addition, I’m about to start piloting an empirical study (once I’ve finished getting through the hell that is PhD applications) into disability and the churches. I hope this will eventually turn into my PhD, in some form, and I’m generally very excited about it. It’s a massively under-researched issue, particularly where the social model of disability is concerned.

I learn through dialogue and discussion. I can’t explore ideas without these things. So if you’d like to help me discuss these issues, I’d love it if you’d comment (or rant, or ramble, or chatter, or explode, or gush, or get irate, or disagree, or agree, or expound, or criticise, or flounce off in disgust, or share your love of a theory, or share your fiery burning hatred of a theory) on my posts. And thanks!

About Naomi Jacobs

Disabled PhD researcher and equality activist. Researching disability and Christianity at SOAS, University of London.
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4 Responses to Welcome!

  1. findsandfeatures says:

    Hey! I noticed you on Twitter and I had a look at your blog – I think your area of research looks really interesting and I hope you manage to survive the PhD process!

    I’m largely a theory-void on the subjects you’re tackling so I look forwards to hearing more about them.

    Good luck!

  2. Frank says:

    Hi Naomi,
    Your blog looks really interesting. Looking forward to reading more about your research too. It is a small and specialist area which needs some attention!

  3. Lisa says:

    I don’t know if I told you this, but I was genuinely surprised when the vicar came over to plan mum’s funeral and I asked him about what sort of language he was planning to use around disability to make sure he wasn’t going to ruin her funeral by describing her as “handicapped” or “suffering from”.

    When he said he understood the social model you could’ve scraped my jaw off the floor. Which probably says more about my prejudices against vicars and an assumption they’ll approach disability from a pity perspective.

  4. maggi says:

    go for it Naomi! it’s a much needed area of research

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