Seminar Thinking through (dis)ability on 29 September 2021

In understanding diversity from an intersectional approach, disability is one angle that is increasingly recognized and deserves our attention. In this seminar Thinking through (dis)ability: Diversity, Normativity, and Accessible Futures we will discuss and challenge the rhetoric of naturalness, and ask how boundaries between normal and abnormal, abled and disabled are being defined and contested.  Both visible and invisible disabilities shape everyday experiences and relationships with others, and disabilities may variably be accepted or stigmatized in different contexts. While unpacking normative thinking, we aim at generating better understandings of disabilities. Fostering knowledge and further learning on disability are crucial steps in creating more accessible futures.

Date and time

Join us on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 from 15:00 to 17:15 in room SA21 in Pieter de la Court building for an afternoon of talks and discussions. We aim to organize the seminar on-campus. However, due to COVID we might have to move the event online. A definitive decision will be taken in the first weeks of September. Keep an eye on the event page for the latest updates and information about registration. 

Programme & Speakers

15:00 – 16:00Mattering Disability. A Discussion on Disability, Care, and Temporality
 Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou (Cardiff University) 
16:00 – 16:30Encountering Disability. Methodological Reflections on Disability during Fieldwork
 Irene Moretti (Leiden University) 
16:30 – 17:15Discussion by Professor Monika Baár (Leiden University) 


This seminar is organized by Dr. Natashe Lemos Dekker (Leiden University) and Irene Moretti (Leiden University) and hosted by the Research Cluster Diversity within the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, and the ERC project ‘Globalizing Palliative Care’ at Leiden University.

More information about the speakers can be found on the event page on the website of the Universiteit Leiden.