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Conference 2023

SHLD Conference 2023: Call for papers

The Call for Papers for our 2023 SHLD conference is now open!

It is your chance to offer to speak at our Conference, to tell your story, to give an academic paper, to show a film or lead a workshop.

This is a very special event, the first in-person SHLD conference since before the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will take place on 11-12th July 2023, at The Open University (Milton Keynes).

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Community: now and in the past’. More details can be found on the Call for Papers.

Please submit your idea (also called a summary, or abstract) by Wednesday 1st March 2023 to:

Gabriela Costa

by email at

or by post to:

Faculty of Wellbeing
Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Milton Keynes

Please refer to our Top Tips for Making Your Summary and Talk more accessible.

SHLD conferences are inclusive events. We welcome everyone. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their family carers and supporters are especially welcome. Please see this invitation for more information.


Conference fees and expenses:

Like most conferences, we have to charge people to come. We have made every effort to keep the conference fees affordable.

We provide some free and some cheaper places for people who need them. You will need to apply for these places nearer the time. We will send detailed information in May.

We have a limited budget to pay travel expenses for people who speak or lead a workshop if this is needed. Please let us know if you will ask for expenses when you send in your idea. Sadly, we cannot cover accommodation costs.

Contact us

About the Group

If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:

Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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