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‘Disability and the Majority World: Towards a Global Disability Studies’ Conference Announced

A FREE! conference hosted by Critical Disability Studies @ Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Disability and the Majority World: Towards a Global Disability Studies: The 1st annual international conference

Date: Thurs. 7th – Fri. 8th July 2011

Venue: Gaskell Lecture Theatre (GLT), Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 OJA, UK.

Keynotes include: Tsitsi Chataika, Shaun Grech, David Hulme and Myroslava Tataryn

Description: This first international conference seeks to bring together academics, disability activists, practitioners, organisations, researchers and others from various fields, to discuss a range of key and emerging themes around the complex disability and global South debate. Specifically, the conference will provide a much needed inter-disciplinary, critical, supportive and open space to debate, question and challenge dominant knowledges, discourses and practices, while exploring alternatives.

Call for Papers: We are now accepting abstracts for paper presentations, and welcome contributions around (not exclusively) the following broad areas. We particularly encourage contributions from Southern activists and researchers:

•       Poverty and disability
•       From North to South: whose discourse? whose strategies?
•       The heterogeneity of disability
•       Health and rehabilitation
•       Development, globalisation and beyond
•       Post/neocolonial spaces
•       Researching disability across cultures
•       Trans-disciplinarity

To submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) in an attached Word Document: please email shaungrech@gmail.com. Please ensure the abstract contains name, title of presentation, and contact email.

  • Deadline: 20th June 2011

Registration: The conference is FREE of charge, but all delegates need to register. This will help us gauge attendance and make adequate preparations. To register online click here

  • Deadline: 1st July 2011

For all conference information, including registration and travel advice please visit the disability and the majority world blog:

For specific information, including access information, please email: shaungrech@gmail.com

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