Radical Disability Politics - A Global Dialogue

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Disablement structures contemporary societies; both as grounds (and barriers) to welfare provision, and as the basis for social exclusion, segregation, and the legitimate restriction of social, civil and economic rights for large sections of the population. Recurring and converging social crises – from pandemics and wars, to energy, housing, and food shortages – have thrown previous models for managing disabled people’s lives around the world into chaos. While medicalised, charitable, or government-led forms of social provision have long been criticised for their suffocating effects on disabled people’s dignity and autonomy; they now all-too-often either prove incapable of guaranteeing even the basic tools of survival, or attach increasingly restrictive conditions on increasingly inadequate forms of support.

This conference brings together disabled activists and scholars working across three continents to discuss these challenges and what they mean for our social movements and contemporary analyses of disability. Sessions will cover emerging forms of exploitation in the workplace, the changing place of disability in welfare states, lessons from other social movements, activist engagements with disability history, and new forms of militancy around deinstitutionalisation and the attachment of ‘psycho-social’ labels.
Period7 Jun 2024
Event typeConference
LocationBrighton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational