The Lancaster Disability Studies conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies. In the 21st Century disability activism plays a vital role in identifying and challenging disablist policy and practices which limit and deny the rights of disabled people across the globe. Disability activism has provided a road map of good practice, offering ways to consider the means by which disabled people can live independent lives. Key questions for Disability Studies in this context are
- what role does/can/should the academy play in supporting disability activism
- In what ways can the relationship between the academy and activism develop praxis?
We invite submissions of abstracts for either symposia, paper or poster presentations on current research, ideas, issues and new developments in disability studies. In particular we welcome submissions in (but not limited to) the following areas
- Disability activism
- Participatory research approaches and practices
- Impact of global economic changes
- Welfare reform
- War, conflict and political change
- Institutions, independent living and citizenship
- Normalcy and Diversity
- Mad studies
- Media Cultures
- History, Literature and Arts
- Transnational perspectives and the ‘Global South’
- Borders, boundaries, migration and citizenship
- Theoretical and methodological ideas and debates
- Assistive technologies
- Death, dying and end of life
- Hate crime, violence and abuse
- Social policy and legislation
- Human rights and social justice
We are also hosting a special conference stream on Critical Dialogues in Neurodiversity convened by the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). You can read their call for papers.
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by 31st March 2018. Abstracts should be submitted via the Conference’s Easy Chair webpage [nb, you have to create an easychair account to make a submission.].
Please contact Hannah Morgan with queries about the call for paper or abstract submission.