DRF News

Call for Abstracts: Disability and the Majority World: 2nd International Conference (Sept 2012, UK)

Date: 26th- 27th September 2012

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK

Keynotes: Rod Michalko, Janet Price, Tanya Titchkosky and Maria Kett

FREE conference organised by Critical Disability Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University (CDS@MMU) supported by BWPI and Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester

The 2nd international conference Disability and the Majority World will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University. The conference seeks to bring together researchers, disability activists, practitioners, organisations, and others from various fields, to discuss a range of key and emerging themes around disability in the global South. It provides a much needed inter-disciplinary, critical, supportive and open space to debate, question and challenge, while exploring alternatives in a safe and friendly environment.

Call for Abstracts is now open – Deadline: 22nd September 2012

Abstracts for paper presentations are now being accepted.  The conference welcomes contributions around (not exclusively) the following broad areas, from all disciplinary perspectives.  They particularly encourage contributions from activists, researchers and practitioners from the global South:

  • Poverty and disability
  • War and conflict
  • Health and rehabilitation
  • Migration
  • Development
  • Globalisation, neoliberalism and beyond
  • Post/neocolonial spaces
  • Researching disability across cultures

Those wishing to present a paper, please send an abstract (maximum 300 words) in an attached Word Document to S.Grech@mmu.ac.uk. Please ensure the abstract contains name, title of presentation, institution (if applicable) and contact email and please insert ‘abstract for conference’ in the subject line of your email. Paper presentations are 15 minutes.


The conference is FREE of charge, but all delegates need to register. This will help gauge attendance and make adequate preparations. Please register here

Cancellations: the organisers would appreciate if those registered but no longer able to attend to please inform us by email Shaun Grech: S.Grech@mmu.ac.uk


The conference is free, which means that lunch and refreshments will have to be purchased from the University or elsewhere. Please let the organisers know if you have any dietary requirements so we can make the refectory aware of delegate requirements.


While the organisers acknowledge the need, the fact that they are keeping the conference free, means that they are unable to provide bursaries (for travel, lodging or other expenses) to attend the conference.

DRF News

Event: ‘Access for All: Incorporating Disability into Emergency Humanitarian Assistance’ (November, UK)

Date: Friday, 11th November 2011: 2pm-4pm 

Venue: Room G.209, lan Turing Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. Click here for a map

Brief Description:

‘Access for All: Incorporating Disability into Emergency Humanitarian Assistance’

This seminar is to be hosted by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester, UK and will explore disability and rehabilitation issues during war and humanitarian crises, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Namibia. 

The speaker is Antony Duttine, the Rehabilitation and Advocacy Officer for Handicap International. 

If you would like to attend and/or for further information, please email Jessica Field (on jessica.field-2@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk by Friday 4th November 2011 at the latest as places are very limited and are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

DRF News, Majority/Minority Worlds

New edition of disability research e-newletter released

The eighth issue of the Global South to North Disability Research Network E-newsletter is now available. 

Features include details of the Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane 2nd International conference at MMU, an African Policy on Disability and Development (A-PODD) Project Update and information on the upcoming AfriNEAD Symposium 2011 in Zimbabwe.

To contribute or for further information, please contact email Tsitsi Chataika: tchataika@sun.ac.za

DRF News, Events and Conferences, Majority/Minority Worlds

First Call for Papers for the AfriNEAD 2011 Symposium

Message from The AfriNEAD Team [via DRF member: Tsitsi Chataika]

Dear colleagues,

1)      We are very excited to direct you to the first call for papers for the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) 2011 Symposium which is taking place between 28th – 30th November 2011 at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe..

Please visit the website for details and to submit your papers.  Please note that the closing date for submissions is 30 April 2011.

2)      The following mission and vision statements have been temporarily adopted for AfriNEAD and are to be finalised at the 2011 symposium:

  • AfriNEAD’s mission is to be a dynamic disability sector network where there is free and open exchange of ideas and evidence to advance the realisation of equal rights for people with disabilities and to promote action for social inclusion and participation. 
  • AfriNEAD’s vision is to facilitate an integrated, cooperative, evidence-based approach towards realising the rights of people with disabilities in their various communities in order to achieve better quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

 3)      Progress on the development of our AfriNEAD journal is meeting some challenges. While a few uncertainties remain, we are pleased to report the following progress: it will be a Pan-African, open access journal seeking to publish innovative research and reviews in all aspects of Disability with particular emphasis on the African and development context. The first papers should be online within the next few months and the official launch of the journal is planned to take place during the AfriNEAD Symposium 28-30 November 2011.

4)      Work on the AfriNEAD 2009 book is progressing well: we look forward to presenting all delegates attending the 2011 symposium with a copy.

5)      We are also opening a page on the AfriNEAD website for book reviews of any disability-related books.  Please submit your book reviews to: info@afrinead.org

6)      In a first-time collaboration between the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, AfriNEAD and the University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Theology, a Theology, Disability and Human Dignity Conference is planned to take place 18th – 20th May 2011. Several AfriNEAD members will be participating as special guest speakers. For more information click here (and follow the link to ‘Conferences’).

7)      AfriNEAD intends for its website to serve as a networking tool.  For this to happen we need members to complete and/or update their profiles as fully as possible.  Please do check and update yours by logging-in. Please also check and update your contact details and encourage your other contacts to do so, so that our mailing list can remain up-to-date.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Zimbabwe later this year.

DRF News, Events and Conferences

AfriNEAD Symposium 2011 announced

The bi-annual AfriNEAD Symposium is taking place between 28th – 30th November 2011 at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The proposed theme for the conference is “Building Communities of Trust: Evidence-to-Action on Disability Research”.  As Victoria Falls in one of the 7 wonders of the world it seems an ideal place for a conference!

For more information about the AfriNEAD, please visit www.afrinead.org

More information about registration, bookings, and call for papers will follow in the near future.  Please make regular visits onto the website for these updates. 

The 2009 AfriNEAD Symposium conference report and presentations are also available on the site.

[Info from DRF member: Tsitsi Chataika]