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On 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.

In an earlier post on this blog Paul van Trigt pointed to the frequent neglect of viewing human rights in their larger historical context. This is not only true for historians but, arguably, even more so for human rights lawyers.

The 3rd International Disability Studies Conference will be organised by the Stichting Disability Studies in Nederland. The conference will be hosted in Hotel Casa, Amsterdam, the Netherlands from  30 November – 2 December 2017.

Iek! Ik kan een kreetje niet onderdrukken wanneer het me overkomt, vaak na dagen vruchteloos ploeteren. Senioren die hun familiestamboom zitten uit te pluizen kijken licht geërgerd op. In archieven wordt doorgaans gezwegen. Frivole uitroepen van arbeidsvreugde zijn ze er niet gewend. Een historisch vondstje brengt me nu eenmaal een kinderlijk gevoel van bevrediging.

Today “the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war”, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs recently declared. This statement shows that humanitarianism is very much alive today, but that it apparently also has a history. But why am I writing about that on a blog related to the history of disability?

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.

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.

In the summer of 1981, fifteen disabled Greenlanders went aboard the MS Disko, travelling along the rugged coastline of West Greenland to the abandoned village of Illorpaat about 425km north of the polar circle. Their destination was the annual aasivik, originally an Inuit summer gathering on plentiful hunting grounds. Since 1976, the tradition had been resurrected as a music festival and discussion forum for political, social and cultural issues closely linked to Greenlandic identity and independence.

In a recent debate about human rights historiography Lynn Hunt points to the presumption of leading scholars in the field that ‘the history of human rights must be first and foremost a political history in the most old-fashioned sense, that is, a history of diplomacy (covenants) and warfare (interventions).’ Therefore she emphasizes the relevance of the writing of ‘a social history of internationalism that is attentive to the role of women and non-Westerners’.

Time and location 14 June 2017 17:00 – 18:00 hrs. Wijnhaven Building Turfmarkt 99 2511 DP Den Haag Room 3.46