AFT Conference 2018

  • Date: 13 September 2018 (09:30) - 14 September 2018 (17:00)
  • Venue: Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester
  • Location: Portland St, Manchester M1, UK
  • Type: Conference
  • Branch: AFT Manchester


We are delighted to hold our 2018 annual conference in Manchester and thank the Manchester Branch of AFT for hosting the conference.  This is their thoughts on the conference so far.  

In thinking about Manchester as the location for the 2018 AFT conference we were struck by its proud tradition of struggle for political and social change in terms of women’s suffrage, the co-operative movement, the Trades Union Congress which was initiated in the North based on a perception that the London Trades Council was too dominant in speaking for the whole Trade Union Movement – an interesting historical echo chamber perhaps for the evolution of the region’s identity as a modern day Northern Powerhouse.
Marx and Engels based their ideas about social relationships, economic and health inequalities and class identity on observations of factory workers in the city in the mid-19th century and how we are located in society and where we are from remains central to our sense of who we are. The title of our Manchester conference – D/evolving Identities – connects up the theme of Identity and ‘what’s in a name’ with concepts of power and change. Current social and political changes in terms of Brexit, devolution from Westminster, privatisation of public institutions hinge on questions such as whether it is better to stand alone with our own distinct identity and have the power to make decisions in the best interests of the nation, region, profession or is there more we have in common to bind us across communities, cultures, faiths, economic boundaries, manualised therapy approaches. The theme of identity connects with notions of ‘belonging’ and ‘home’.
Maybe it depends on who ‘WE’ are as to how each of us draws the line around who ‘I AM’: British / European, Northern / Southern, accredited / unaccredited, gender specific / gender neutral. Our collective and personal identities are socially constructed and a contested space. The drawing and re-drawing of lines may depend on where we are and who we are in conversation with. These acts of positioning and being positioned are both deeply political – with a small ‘p’ - and deeply personal.
In calling for workshops and papers we are interested in the impact of cultural and political changes on our own personal and professional identities and those of the clients we work with: - who defines identity and how; what are the effects on our identities of events such as diagnosis of physical or mental illness, displacement from families, communities or countries of origin; what values do we place on being ‘the same as’ or ‘different’? We hope you are inspired to contribute to conference and for more details please see the following page on our website:

Keynote speakers: Gerard Cunningham, Nasima Khanom, Glenda Fredman, Barry Mason, Nick Pendry, John Burnham and Catherine Butler.   

Cost: £310 Early Bird Residential. £95 Day Delegate

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Bookings will open soon, via the conference website.

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