There are still some places available at the following workshop at the
University of Birmingham, UK, and some funding available to support
travel expenses. To register for the workshop, or for further
information, please contact Dr Qulsom Fazil: email@example.com.
DISABILITY, AUSTERITY AND INEQUALITY: OVERCOMING DISCRIMINATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
University of Birmingham, UK
9.30-4pm, Friday 21 September 2012
The impact of the economic downturn and subsequent government policies
related to these austere times have been felt by the whole of the UK,
but particularly by disabled people. It is well documented that the
extra costs of disability are substantial and that disability increases
the risk of poverty, while poverty creates the conditions for increased
risk of disability. In the UK, the Disability Living Allowance has been
cut; statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations are forced to
tighten their belts; the NHS and public sector more generally are
facing radical transformation; and reforms to Welfare and Higher
Education will also affect disabled people disproportionately.
Meanwhile, the media's reporting of disability issues has become
increasingly hostile, more regularly conflating disabled people with
'benefit cheats' and 'scroungers'.
This workshop will bring together academics, disability activists, arts
practitioners and representatives of public and voluntary sector
organisations to discuss the urgent, multiple and complex effects of
austerity, with a view to establishing connections and networks and
determining fruitful directions for further academic research into
disability and the austerity regime. Participants are invited, if they
wish, to give a short talk (10 minute max) outlining their concerns,
ideas, and/or research about any aspect of disability and austerity, and
much of the day will be given to following up these ideas in open
Topics for discussion may include: disabled people's health and
wellbeing; challenges to voluntary sector organizations; disability
discourse, rhetoric, and representation; disability in Higher Education;
the changing nature of discrimination in the 21st century; and the
relationship between disability research and activism.
Organisers: Dr Qulsom Fazil (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Clare Barker (email@example.com).