Histories of Disability: local, global and colonial stories

Back in 2001, the historian of American deafness Douglas Baynton argued that ‘Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write’.

Since then the history of disability has burgeoned with many important studies showing this not only to be a significant field but a vibrant one. The historiography remains largely limited to America and western Europe. This workshop aims to interrogate this bias, shed light on geographical specificity of disability and think more about the global history of disability both empirically and theoretically.

Questions of interest might include, but are not limited to

·         How is the experience and construction of disability specific to time and place?
·         What is the relationship between the local and the global when considering the history of disability?
·         How does disability intersect with other identities (such as race, gender, class and religion)?
·         What is the relationship between disability and imperialism/colonialism?
·         How can postcolonial theory help us better historicise the experience of disability?
·         Does the concept of ‘disability’ itself work outside a western context?
·         How are the histories of disability shaped by mobility, movement and travel?

Abstracts of c. 300 words should be sent to Esme Cleall, e.r.cleall@sheffield.ac.uk by 1st December 2017.

Contact Info:

Esme Cleall, University of Sheffield, e.r.cleall@sheffield.ac.uk

Read in Manguinhos:

Freire, Gilberto Martins and Rodrigues, Graciele Massoli Sobre “Cuerpo, discapacidad y estigma en el origen del campo del deporte adaptado de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1950-1961: ¿una mera interiorización de una identidad devaluada?”. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Dic 2015, vol.22, p.1789-1791. ISSN 0104-5970

Martínez-Pérez, José. El obrero recuperado: medicina del trabajo, ortopedia y tecnología médica en la imagen social de las personas con discapacidades (España, 1922-1936). Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Jun 2006, vol.13, no.2, p.349-373. ISSN 0104-5970

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