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Call for open access papers on ‚Disability Equality: in theory and practice‘

Social Inclusion, Volume 6, Issue 1 (special issue)

Title: Disability Equality: In Theory and Practice

Editor: Mark Priestley (University of Leeds, UK)

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 April 2017
Submission of Full Papers: 15 to 30 September 2017
Publication of the Issue: February/March 2018

Information: The focus of this thematic issue is on ‘disability equality’—as a multi-dimensional theoretical construct, as a tool for rights-based advocacy and as a framework for monitoring evidence of social inclusion.

Much has been written about the historic shift that has taken place in thinking about disability as a social issue over recent decades. The influence of ‘social model’ approaches has been immense in this respect, providing the analytical lens through which disability is now more often viewed as institutional discrimination and oppression than as individual deficit or personal tragedy. This transformation was inspired both by a critique of disabling barriers and by a vision of a more equal and inclusive society— a vision for ‘full participation and equality’.

The rights-based advocacy of disabled people’s movements has both inspired this way of thinking and given it focus through substantive claims to political and social equality. In the decade since implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) the expectation that such claims exist ‘on an equal basis with others’ has been consolidated. At the same time, the evidence base has grown with an increase in equality monitoring of policies and outcomes for disabled persons.

Theorising within disability studies has continued to explore what disability, disablement or ableism means, and the multitude of ways in which it is experienced, but there is a need to reflect also on what ‘full participation and equality’ really means. How should we understand the concept of ‘disability equality’, how useful is it and how can it be assessed or measured? Ten years on from the CRPD what progress has been made towards disability equality, what remains to be done and how should we approach the task?

This issue is based on an open call for papers with an interdisciplinary scope to consider disability equality as, for example, equal recognition, equal treatment, equal access to resources and environments, or equality of outcomes. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are relevant to addressing this in local, national or international contexts.

Call for Papers: SHLD Conference 2017

20th and 21st July 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes

Doing research on the social history of learning disability: Learning Lessons

We are delighted to announce that the next Social History of Learning Disability Conference will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes on 20th and 21st July 2017.

The theme of the conference is ‘Doing research on the social history of learning disability: Learning Lessons’. The Call for Papers information document can be found on the Conference website,

Please submit your accessible abstract by Friday 31st March to: Catherine Pibworth at or by post to Catherine Pibworth, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Guidance for writing an accessible abstract and presentation can also be found on the Conference website.


CfP International Interdisciplinary Symposium on “Families, Rights and Disability” University of Innsbruck, Austria 23–24 June 2017

On the basis of a longstanding cooperation between the University of Innsbruck and the University of New Orleans we are organizing another conference on the topic of disability. In 2017, the Symposium“Families, Rights and Disability”will take place supported by the Center Austria and the Center New Orleans. During this international, interdisciplinary symposium, we will discuss family research and the social understanding of disability, following the paradigm shift that took place with the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The family is often considered an anthropological constant. However, empirical research shows that the traditional nuclear family (mother, father, children) within Western societies is but one of many possible forms. Also, its trajectories, its intergenerational relations and the experiences of its members vary greatly with the social, cultural, political, and technological situations in which families find themselves. Weiterlesen

Call for abstracts for the research conference ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’ July 2016, Manchester

THE Annual International Conference, Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University July 2016 and organisers are calling for papers on (Re)claiming the human: In times of crisis.

Alongside Manchester Met, The Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing will host the conference and it will be run in association with other educational institutions including The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Chester.

The conference aims to bring together activists, students, practitioners and academics to consider the concept of the ‘human’ and collect papers that explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be human in times of crisis?
  • How can we work through the entangled connections of nature, society, technology, medicine and biopower that (un)make the human?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. disabled, vulnerable, hardest hit, scroungers, migrants) being used to define and defend, as well as to resist, ‘human’ ways of being?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. autism, ADHD, depression) being used (and abused) in the (de)construction of the human?
  • How might new conceptions of vulnerability, debility and frailty frame new disability commons?
  • In what ways are new austerity measures shaping narrower and limiting categorisations of the human?
  • What ways are there to explore this within and across wider communities?
  • What is the role of academia (learning, teaching and research)?


Abstracts of no more than 200 words (with an additional short bio of 100 words) should be submitted by 28th February, 2016. To submit an abstract, please email: Taken from