Disability history has emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular sub-discipline of historical research, covering social, cultural, medical, practical, gendered, technological and linguistic aspects of the lives of those seen by society as having ‘disabled’ bodies and minds. The Disability History Group are pleased to announce their latest conference. ‘Disability History: looking forward to a better past?’ which promotes the DHG’s goal to advance research into the history of disability. It is hoped the conference will broaden the scope of disability history and deliver fresh and dynamic perspectives on the way disability has been used to legitimate and understand norms, social relations, inequality, and oppression. This includes historical research into individuals, groups and institutions, as well as representations/constructions and perspectives on disability.
The overarching theme of this conference is ‘Where are we, how did we get here and where are we going next?’. To this end, the conference is dedicated to an evaluation of all aspects of disability history at regional, national and international levels. In ‘looking forward to a better past’, the DHG hopes to encourage lively and informed debate on the current state of disability history; how the discipline has emerged and arrived at this point; and where scholars working in the discipline will go in the future. However, paper topics are not prescriptive – we invite potential speakers to consider the ways that their current research has emerged and its context within the sub-discipline of disability history.
The DHG invites panel or individual contributions from scholars and postgraduates working in this field, and is keen to consider papers on a wide range of topics. Papers covering all aspects of disability history, as well as papers on the historical and future development of disability history, are welcomed.
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Dr Martin Atherton: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2010.
Disability History: looking forward to a better past?
June 25th – 26th, 2010
University of Central Lancashire
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