First Annual Conference of the Alter: European Society of Disability Research

Alter, European Society for Disability Research (AESDR) was founded in 2011 by the Editorial Board of the Journal Alter-European Journal of Disability Research / Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap as international society with the aim of fostering scholarly and interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities research. A particular emphasis is given on the plurality of scientific approaches and knowledge (theoretical, applied, grounded in the experience of disability) provided by this research area. It is an open intellectual society and welcomes all who have an interest in disability without exception or particular orientation. Established with a focus on Europe, the society welcomes scholars from all parts of the world.

The AESDR Conference is envisaged as an annual event that will enable dedicated research scientists, young researchers and doctoral students to present their work. It aims to provide a forum for a broad spectrum of disability research as well as a place to make contacts and exchange ideas.

It is anticipated that this first ESDR Annual Conference will present a broad range of cutting-edge topics and approaches in social sciences and humanities research on disability (among others: research paradigms, experiences, identities, actors, resources, mobilisations, and policies). A selection of papers from the Conference will be prepared as an issue of the Journal Alter.

Join us in launching Alter, European Society for disability Research!

Conference Call for papers

Call for applications for participation in a Doctoral School in Disability Research

DisABILITY MUNDUS is a doctoral school, organized in conjunction with the ALTER European Association on Disability Research (AESDR) and Disability Studies in the Netherlands (DSiN) and intended to support research efforts on disability with a focus on the European continent. The school is targeted towards doctoral scholars, including pre-doctoral and post-doctoral, who wish to share their research ideas and projects with senior researchers. We will in particular also focus on research efforts in the context of European settings, including research that focuses on human rights, societal innovations, and critical issues that pertain to culture and society. Four axes of research have retained in particular the interest of disABILITY MUNDUS: (1) the socialization and articulation of people as disabled, as a result of interfaces with the provisions and procedures of contemporary societies; (2) the making of public space in the contexts of cities; (3) the intersections of disability with other significant phenomena (such as migration, sexuality); and (4) the impact of technology. The program will allocate time towards formal sessions, focused discussions, and networking. The conveners endeavor to tailor activities to directly support the doctoral research of the participants.

Call for applications

Commissioner Quinn hosts DREAM Meeting

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, met researchers from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at a meeting in Brussels in November 2011. The meeting was arranged by the CDLP as part of its EU FP7 DREAM (Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets) Initial Training Network. Professor Quinn and the DREAM consortium offered the Commissioner an overview of their project and the Commissioner spoke to the group about research funding in the EU and, in particular, the next funding phase Horizon 2020.

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Making Diversity Interventions Count: 2nd Annual Conference

""The conference aims to explore the varying interventions aimed at advancing equality with the objective of informing the development of good practice in the effective use of diversity interventions in organisations. We are currently inviting proposals for papers, posters and workshops on all aspects of diversity interventions. The conference will also provide a platform for the annual Barbara Burford memorial lecture.

With contributions from a wide range of eminent national and international speakers, this popular conference will feature the latest research and development and the synthesis and application of knowledge. The conference aims to explore the varying interventions aimed at advancing equality, with the objective of informing the development of good practice in the effective use of diversity interventions in organisations.

The conference also provides a platform for the Barbara Burford annual memorial lecture.

Participative, challenging and thought provoking – this Conference is designed to provide an international, inter- and intra- disciplinary platform for exchange of ideas in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion in the world of work and service delivery.