Upcoming events


Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations

Leiden University – 22-23 March 2018

The preliminary program is now online! You can download it here.

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…)


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.


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/



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