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.