2nd International Conference Disability Studies “The Art of Belonging”

Disability reflects the exchanges and collisions between personal and social worlds. The task of knowing how to be at home in both these worlds can be a daunting one.

The Second Disability Studies Conference will present a diverse programme with keynotes, presentations, workhsops, exhibitions. The theme of the conference is " the art of belonging" , a focus that traverses the tensions between disability experience, the art of living and belonging. It is every person’s right to belong, but belonging is much more than a right. It is something people have to learn and develop throughout life, through their personal experiences and social participation. It is individuals with disabilities finding their places in life, without compromising themselves for the purpose of ‘fitting in’ and nondisabled people finding their places in the world of disability.  Belonging is a state of mind, achieved through ongoing activity where shared spaces of interest and excitement are not only accessed, but also negotiated, and ultimately occupied. More than just being ‘at home,’ belonging requires overt, and sometimes political, action.

The art of belonging is a topic that is open to individual perspectives as well as to the exchange between personal and public perspectives. The Second Disability Studies Conference has a cross-disability perspective, aims at the participation of people with and without disabilities and their allies, and invites people from various academic and non-academic disciplines and those working in an inter or transdisciplinary setting.

The first week of October 2013 we will publish the final programme online!

The following streams will be present : Familiy Quality of Life, Social Inclusion, Social inclusion representation, Quality of Life History, policy & rights, Agency empowerment, Reciprocity friendship, Inclusive education, Inclusive employment and inclusive methods.

Online registration for the conference has started now!

Please,register online here!

The conference takes place in Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands. Our conference venue is hotel and conference center CASA 400.

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We hope to see meet you there!