Politics of disability and experience

Benedicte Ingstad (University of Oslo, Norway)
Patrick Devlieger (University of Leuven)
Science PCT
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:


This panel seeks to explore the multifaceted ways in which politics of disability influences and shapes experiences and identities in various localities, both in the North and the South. Starting in Scandinavia in the 1960s, and further developed during the 1980s with the International Year of Disabled (1981) and the Decade of Disabled Persons (1983-1992), the disability rights discourse is now widely recognised across the world. However, access to these disability rights is unequally distributed, not only between the North and the South, but also within regions and states. This panel thus invites papers addressing a broad range of questions related to the interconnectedness of disability politics and experiences. How are these relations shaped differently, due to historical, cultural, socio-economic and political situations? In which ways do people express and cope with experiences of otherness and difference? How are the politics of disability been manifested in government programs in political organizations? Experiences of disability are closely connected not only to politics, but also to the local manifestations of sociality and culture. Disability challenges cultural perceptions of normality, personhood, genealogy and relatedness, and we invite papers discussing the complexities of these connections.