Histories, Practices, and Policies of Disability: International, Comparative, and Transdisciplinary Perspectives 8th Annual ALTER Conference 

Con­fe­rence Venue: Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne 
Date: 05 Sep­tem­ber – 06 Sep­tem­ber 2019

Hosts: Prof. Anne Wald­schmidt (Inter­na­tio­nal Rese­arch Unit in Disa­bi­li­ty Stu­dies – iDiS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne) and Prof. Mat­thi­as Otten (TH Köln – Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces) in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Prof. Isa­bel­le Vil­le (Éco­le des Hau­tes Étu­des en Sci­en­ces Socia­les – EHESS, Paris).

Fun­ding: Pre­si­di­um of the Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces in Colo­gne, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cologne’s Vice-Rec­tor for Equa­li­ty and Diver­si­ty, the Dean’s Office of the Facul­ty of Human Sci­en­ces, and the Depart­ment of Spe­cial Edu­ca­ti­on and Reha­bi­li­ta­ti­on; Com­pe­tence Area „Social Ine­qua­li­ties and Inter­cul­tu­ral Edu­ca­ti­on” (SINTER) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cologne

Con­fe­rence orga­ni­ser: Curie Lee (iDiS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cologne)

Today, disa­bi­li­ty is unders­tood as a mul­ti­di­men­sio­nal phe­no­me­non, spe­ci­fic con­struc­tion, and mul­ti­fa­ce­ted field of rese­arch that is rese­ar­ched inter­na­tio­nal­ly, com­pa­ra­tively and across disci­pli­nes. In Ger­ma­ny, Disa­bi­li­ty Stu­dies is a rela­tively young field of rese­arch. In inter­na­tio­nal and Euro­pean coun­tries, on the other hand, the­re is a lon­ger, extre­me­ly diver­se rese­arch tradition. 

For the first time in Ger­man-spea­king coun­tries, ALTER, the Euro­pean Socie­ty for Disa­bi­li­ty Rese­arch, based in Paris, orga­nis­ed its 8th Annu­al Con­fe­rence 2019 at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Colo­gne. This con­fe­rence enti­t­led, „His­to­ries, Prac­ti­ces and Poli­ci­es of Disa­bi­li­ty”, brought over 150 sci­en­tists tog­e­ther to dis­cuss inter­na­tio­nal, com­pa­ra­ti­ve and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry per­spec­ti­ves on disa­bi­li­ty. The par­ti­ci­pants repre­sen­ted a broad spec­trum of inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch on disa­bi­li­ty in the cul­tu­ral and social sciences.

Pro­gram­me Overview

THURSDAY, 05 Sep­tem­ber 2019 

  • 09:00 Wel­co­me Addresses
  • 09.15 Key­note: Pro­fes­sor Micha­el Schill­mei­er, Uni­ver­si­ty of Exe­ter / U.K.
    “The Cos­mo­po­li­tics of Dis/ability Expe­ri­ence – A Manifesto” 
  • 10.15 – 17:15 Par­al­lel Work­shops + Breaks 
  • 17:15 Key­note: Pro­fes­sor Mark Priest­ley, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds / U.K. 
    “From Com­pen­sa­ti­on to Equa­li­ty? Reflec­tions on Natio­nal Disa­bi­li­ty Poli­ci­es in Chan­ging Euro­pe and in Trans­na­tio­nal Fields”
  • 19.00 Con­fe­rence Din­ner & Music 

FRIDAY, 06 Sep­tem­ber 2019 

  • 9.00 Key­note: Pro­fes­sor Sus­an Burch, Midd­le­bu­ry Col­le­ge / U.S. 
    “Tel­ling Disa­bi­li­ty Sto­ries: Lega­ci­es, Ima­gi­na­ti­on, Coalitions” 
  • 10.00 – 15:45 Par­al­lel Work­shops + Breaks
  • 15:45 ALTER Young Aut­hor Pri­ze Win­ner: Marie Sépulch­re, Upp­sa­la Uni­ver­si­ty / Swe­den 
    “Ensu­ring citi­zenship for dis­ab­led peop­le: A mat­ter of rights or a mat­ter of costs?”
  • 16:15 7th disA­BI­LI­TY Mun­dus Doc­to­ral School Pre­sen­ta­ti­on & 
    Gene­ral Assem­bly of ALTER – Euro­pean Socie­ty for Disa­bi­li­ty Research
  • 17.00 Clo­sing Remarks 

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