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D/evolving Identities

13 - 14 September 2018

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Together with AFT Manchester



"D/evolving Identities"


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 a) 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 b) 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’.


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’?


Manchester is the perfect location for the 2018 AFT conference. Manchester has a 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.


Please come along and join us – we are sure you will be impressed by the venue, the programme, the speakers and of course the warm northern welcome and hospitality.

Presenters include...

Catherine Butler

John Burnham

Gerry Cunningham

Glenda Fredman

Nasima Khanom

Jenny Altschuler

Nick Pendry

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Durham Anniversary Conference 2014

Canterbury Conference 2015

Liverpool Conference 2014

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