Upcoming events

Nov
25
2018

Cleveringa conference: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: The MENA Region in the Modern Period Cairo 25-26 November 2018

International Conference to be held on 25-26 November 2018

Organizers:

  • Leiden University
  • ERC Rethinking Disability
  • Embassy of the Netherlands in Cairo
  • Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo

Languages: English and Arabic (Presentations should preferably be in English)

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Heba Hagrass (International disability consultant- Member of the Egyptian Parliament)
  • Dr Shaun Grech (The Critical Institute- Malta)
  • Prof  Monika Baar (Leiden University- The Netherlands)

Call for papers:

The socio-cultural issues concerning the lives of the persons with disabilities (PWD), their families and their environment present considerable challenges even in well-resourced regions of the world; let alone in countries experiencing certain economic or societal hardships. In either context, the study of the emancipation of people with disabilities cannot be undertaken without a broader enquiry into the historical, cultural and social contexts of the disabled citizens living in different times and locations around the world.

In recent decades, representatives of the emerging fields of medical humanities and disability studies have been constantly facing intellectual challenges arising from accelerating scientific developments in medicine and the bio sciences. These developments intrigued sociologists, historians, anthropologists etc. to dedicate more attention than ever before to the social and cultural aspects of the human body and human health. For instance, the enormous differences in health care expenditures across the world present an angle from which to ask questions about social justice, discrimination, exclusion, integration and the responsibility of the state or civil society towards certain groups with vulnerabilities. Disability is a concept around which social scientists can construct or deconstruct relations and representations between health and society, while scholars working in cultural studies may interrogate the formation of a distinct identity and sub-culture of people with disabilities. The MENA region with its cultural and historical peculiarities, and the Global South in more general terms, promises to be a very important location for analyzing how issues of physical and mental health intersect with social and economic concerns.

With a focus on the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region and the Global South, themes and topics of this international academic conference can include but are not limited to:

  • Disability and its perception(s) and meanings through history:
  • Disability in relation to technology: good practices and ethical problems
  • Islam and disability (physical and mental)
  • Education for and about the persons with disability: specialized institutions versus independent living, community-based rehabilitation (CBR)
  • Rights, representation and equality of PWD: strive for equality or demand for special conditions? (work, housing, access, education)
  • UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006):  given the local peculiarities, what challenges may occur in the course of its implementation in the MENA region?
  • Disability and welfare: what responsibilities should be carried by the state, by individuals, philanthropic organizations and by society at large?
  • Children, gender, women and sexuality  in relation to historic and contemporary issues of disability
  • International and regional organizations of disability groups: the MENA region in a global context
  • Disability figuring and images in literature and cinema
  • Stigmatization of PWD and strategies of de-stigmatization
  • Disability culture: arts, activities and self expression
  • Accessibility, integration and inclusion: PWD and the actual/virtual  public space in MENA

The conference is open to participants from the academia as well as for social activists and governmental representatives. An edited volume to be published by an international publisher is planned for selected research papers presented during the conference.

Presentations are welcome in English and Arabic but are preferred in English for practical reasons. Each presentation would be 20 minutes followed by a 10minutes discussion in a themed panel.

Proposals for cultural and artistic activities, whether presented by or about persons with disabilities, are welcome. The venue is accessible to participants and guests with disability.

Deadline:  Please send a 300-500- word paper/activity proposal in English or Arabic before September 1st 2018 to (rethinking.disability.cairo@gmail.com)

For requests of participation, paper proposal or artistic contribution, kindly send your CV to the email address above.

For inquiries or questions kindly contact Dr Amany Soliman  a.soliman@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Limited budget for contributing to the travel and accommodation of international participants with outstanding proposals is available on a competitive basis. This is intended for those who are not eligible for funding from their home institutions and who are committed to contributing to the envisaged edited volume. Please indicate at the time of application if you would like to be considered for a subsidy.

Kindly find the Arabic description.

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Past events

Jun
13
2018

Lecture by Samuel Moyn (Yale University), 13 June 2018

We are pleased to announce that Yale University professor of law and history Samuel Moyn will be giving a lecture at Leiden University on June 13th. The renowned scholar in the field of European intellectual history and human rights history will be discussing the relationship of human rights law and movements to their global economic context between the successive eras of national welfare states and of neoliberal globalization.

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Jun
13
2018

Leiden disability studies lunch

The Rethinking Disability team invites all Leiden based scholars working on disability for a ‘Leiden disability studies lunch’! This lunch will take place on Wednesday 13 June 12.30-13.30 in the conference room of the Huizinga building, Doelensteeg 16 in Leiden. If you want to attend please send an email to: rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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Apr
26
2018

KNHG Voorjaarscongres 2018

Op 26 april a.s. zal ons Voorjaarscongres 2018 plaatsvinden in het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum te Arnhem. In dat museum is sinds het najaar van 2017 de Canon van Nederland tentoonstelling te zien waarin hoogte- en dieptepunten van de Nederlandse geschiedenis getoond worden in vijftig vensters.

De recente discussie over het leren van het Wilhelmus, het canon-boekje voor alle schoolverlaters  én het verplichte schoolbezoek aan het Rijksmuseum, aangezwengeld in de debatten rondom de Tweede Kamer-verkiezingen, getuigen van een veranderende opvatting over de rol van erfgoed. Nu is dit nieuwe perspectief op erfgoed en verleden zelfs vastgelegd in het regeerakkoord van Rutte III. Willem Frijhoff schreef al in 1992 in een artikel in de BMGN dat het verleidelijk is om cultureel erfgoed te zien als grondbestanddeel van de groepsidentiteit. In dat zelfde artikel waarschuwt hij de historicus waakzaam te zijn wanneer nationale identiteit een uniek en allesomvattend karakter krijgt aangemeten. Zoals in dit geval de ‘Nederlandse identiteit’ met de daaraan toegekende waarden en normen die een ieder in Nederland moet kennen. Omdat, zo betoogde Frijhoff,  ‘de overdracht van dat erfgoed en de perceptie ervan worden gestuurd door het maatschappelijk en culturele spanningsveld in het heden’.

Programma en aanmelden

Uit de reacties op onze call for proposals hebben wij een divers programma samen kunnen stellen, met lezingen, panelsessies én een bezoek aan de canontentoonstelling. De keynotelezing “Kasteeltijd: over de geschiedenis van nu en het historiseren van toen” wordt verzorgd door Susan Legêne (Vrije Universiteit). Tijdens het slotdebat zal dagvoorzitter Martine Gosselink (Rijksmuseum)  in gesprek gaan met een panel over “Canonisering en nationalisering van de geschiedenis”.

Paul van Trigt (van het Rethinking Disability Team) zal samen met Corrie Tijsseling een presentatie geven over het Digital Disability Archive.

Klik hier<https://knhg.nl/bijeenkomsten/knhg-voorjaarscongres-denkend-aan-nederland-erfgoed-canon-en-nationale-identiteit-in-politiek-onderwijs-en-media/> voor het volledige programma en aanmeldformulier.

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Mar
22
2018

Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations

Leiden University – 22-23 March 2018

Program

Practical information

This workshop is organized by the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability’. It is intended to bring together early-career researchers from different fields working on international organizations, to discuss methodological challenges together with peers and established scholars. A combination of a master class, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions aims at providing an informal and interactive setting for the exchange of ideas and perspectives. (more...)

Mar
22
2018

International Organizations and their Historians: Dealing with the Kaleidoscope - Public lecture by Corinne Pernet (University of Geneva)

Thursday 22 March, 17h30-18h30 – Leiden University

As part of the two-day workshop ‘Historians without Borders’, Corinne Pernet (University of Geneva) will be giving a public lecture on Thursday 22 March at Leiden University. The lecture will start at 17.30 and takes place in the Lipsius Building, room 147. Alanna O’Malley (Leiden University) will act as chair. The lecture is open to everyone, but registration is required by email to rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl. (more...)

Mar
22
2018

Masterclass by Davide Rodogno (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)

This masterclass is part of the two-day workshop ‘Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations’. This workshop is organized by the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability’ and sponsored by the Huizinga Institute. It is intended to bring together early-career researchers from different fields working on international organizations, to discuss methodological challenges together with peers and established scholars and aims at providing an informal and interactive setting for the exchange of ideas and perspectives. (more...)

Dec
8
2017

Guest lecture by Anaïs Van Ertvelde: Good cripple, bad cripple. An introduction into critical disability studies

8 December Anaïs Van Ertvelde will give an introductory guest lecture on critical disability studies at the University of Gent. The lecture is part of a course for BA and MA students in literature, philosophy and sociology programmes. The lecture will deal with the shifting meanings and perceptions of disability since World War II, the evolution of disability activism, and the response of scholars in disability studies to these developments.

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Nov
30
2017
Sep
14
2017

Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South Conference – Bremen, 14-15 September 2017

Anna Derksen will present her paper ‘The Struggle for Disability Rights in a Development Context: Entanglements and Exchanges between Scandinavia and the Global South in the 1980s’ at the SOCIUM Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South Conference.

The conference will be hosted by the Universität Bremen, Germany from 14-15 September. Link to conference website: http://www.lateinamerika-geschichte.uni-bremen.de/?p=1641

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Aug
30
2017

EAHMH Conference in Bucharest, 30 August - 2 September 2017

Anna Derksen will present her paper: ‘The Disabled Body, Citizenship and Social Belonging: The International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) and Its Impacts on Welfare Policies and Civil Rights Debates in the Nordic Countries’ at the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Conference on The Body Politic: States in the History of Medicine and Health.

The conference will be hosted by the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in  Bucharest, Romenia from 30 August – 2 September. Link to conference website: http://eahmhconference2017.ro/general-information/

 

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