ALTERconf: 7th Annual ALTER disABILITY Mundus Doctoral School

September 1–4, 2019

This year’s doc­to­ral school, (Self)Representing disA­bI­LI­TY, is lin­ked to the 8th Annu­al Con­fe­rence of ALTER-ESDR’s the­me: His­to­ries, Prac­ti­ces and Poli­ci­es of Disa­bi­li­ty: Inter­na­tio­nal, Com­pa­ra­ti­ve and Trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry Per­spec­ti­ves, which is lin­ked to disA­BI­LI­TY MUNDUS, a group of Euro­pean aca­de­mics and uni­ver­si­ties who are actively enga­ged in and sup­port scho­l­ar­ly rese­arch on disa­bi­li­ty. It takes place in coope­ra­ti­on with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne, The Gra­dua­te School of the Facul­ty of Human Sci­en­ces, and iDiS, the Inter­na­tio­nal Rese­arch Unit in Disa­bi­li­ty Stu­dies.

Our focus, (Self)Representing disA­BI­LI­TY, is about ques­tio­ning socie­ty through and with accounts on how disa­bi­li­ty is cur­r­ent­ly and has been his­to­ri­cal­ly repre­sen­ted through first per­son per­spec­ti­ves that inform rese­arch, prac­ti­ces, poli­ci­es and more. Basi­cal­ly, we will explo­re this slo­gan “Not­hing About Us Without Us”, which came into use in inter­na­tio­nal disa­bi­li­ty acti­vism during the 1990s.

We invi­te par­ti­ci­pants who have com­ple­ted at least one year of their PhD pro­gram and are in the pro­cess of rese­ar­ching issu­es in disa­bi­li­ty through socio­lo­gy, edu­ca­ti­on, nur­sing, poli­cy, anthro­po­lo­gy, lin­gu­is­tics, fami­ly stu­dies, design, mate­ri­al cul­tu­re, medi­ci­ne, tech­no­lo­gy, and more. Experts from around the world lead the doc­to­ral school through a trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry approach by inter­ro­ga­ting issu­es, prac­ti­ces and per­spec­ti­ves on disa­bi­li­ty.

To attend (Self)Representing disA­BI­LI­TY plea­se pre­pa­re a 500 word abs­tract of your dis­ser­ta­ti­on pro­ject and upload it to the app­li­ca­ti­on form: by May 30, 2019.

Doc­to­ral stu­dents from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne are also invi­ted to sub­mit abs­tracts. 
Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on is limi­ted to 18 seats and deli­very of the doc­to­ral school is in Eng­lish.

Cost is 100 € for lun­ches, cof­fee breaks, and the wel­co­me din­ner. The fee is to be paid by 2nd August 2019 (rece­i­pt of pay­ment). 
If you are admit­ted to the doc­to­ral school you will recei­ve fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on about the pay­ment along with the con­fir­ma­ti­on of par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on.

Sep­tem­ber 1–4, 2019

Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne 
Facul­ty of Human Sci­en­ces 
IBW Buil­ding, Semi­nar room S 101 
Her­bert-Lewin-Stras­se 2 
D‑50931 Colo­gne

Until May 30, 2019 via the app­li­ca­ti­on form:

The disA­BI­LI­TY MUNDUS doc­to­ral school is con­nec­ted to, and takes place immedia­te­ly befo­re, the

ALTER Conference 2019:

Histories, Practices and Policies of Disability:
International, Comparative and Transdisciplinary Perspectives 

Colo­gne, Ger­ma­ny, 5 – 6 Sep­tem­ber 2019

We would like to draw the atten­ti­on of doc­to­ral stu­dents atten­ding the sum­mer school to the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend the ALTER con­fe­rence after­wards. 

Infor­ma­ti­on about the ALTER Con­fe­rence can be found at

Plea­se note that app­li­ca­ti­on for the doc­to­ral school does not auto­ma­ti­cal­ly inclu­de app­li­ca­ti­on for the ALTER Con­fe­rence 2019 but you will have to regis­ter sepa­r­ate­ly at the con­fe­rence web­site.