Call for Abstracts ‘Empowerment through Human Rights’

""Conference of the Doctoral College ‘Empowerment through Human Rights’ of the University of Vienna within the framework of the AHRI-COST Annual Conference 2012

""We invite abstract submissions of PhD students for all the themes below for a conference on ‘Empowerment through Human Rights’ to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 10-12 September 2012. The Doctoral College (Initiativkolleg) ‘“Empowerment through Human Rights’” is an inter-disciplinary group of 13 doctoral students, coordinated by the research platform ‘“Human Rights in the European Context’ of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights”. All of the students write their theses on topics related to human rights in a wider sense and have their background in the disciplines of Law, Sociology, Psychology, Development Studies and African Studies.

""At the PhD school of the AHRI/COST conference, we would like to present our individual work and discuss it together with other PhD students writing their theses on related topics. The program will consist of six panels, taking place on two half-days, with three subsequent panels in each session.


Submission of abstracts must be made by Word document using the “Abstract Submission form” and sent to: by 30th April 2012.

Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. Indicate clearly for which indicated themes below you apply. Please state clearly in the subject section of your e-mail that you are submitting an abstract for the COST postgraduate conference.

The themes for the conference:

  1. Poverty and Territory
  2. Asylum and Migration
  3. Mental Health and Human Rights
  4. Human Rights in Development
  5. Trafficking in Human Beings
  6. Criminal and Social Justice

Other topics related to the issues of Human Rights are also encouraged. Submissions with an interdisciplinary perspective are particularly welcomed. Travel expenses up to €300 and daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the conference will be covered for selected presenters. There is no registration fee. We look forward to reading your abstracts!

The fellows of the Doctoral College ‘Empowerment through Human Rights

Here is the link for the full announcement including application form.


“Finding our way”! The 23rd International Conference for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus is taking place June 15–16, 2012, in Stockholm.

""The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) ( and the National Association for Disabled Children and Youths in Sweden (RBU) ( are organising IF’s 23rd International Conference taking place in Stockholm on June 15–16, 2012. Registration for this event is now open.

Since 1979, IF, in collaboration with its members, had the tradition to bring together stakeholders from different disciplines, backgrounds and countries to make the point on the advancements related to research, studies and care regarding Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. The theme of this year’s conference is “Finding Our Way” indicating that not everybody fits in with mainstream solutions. Many of us have to find our personal roads in life. There will be medical sessions of importance, practical workshops and cultural activities as well as social meeting points.

It’s the first gathering of its kind in Sweden for decades, there will be ample opportunities to learn more about Spina Bifida, connect to new people and have fun. More information about the program of the conference can be found in this page ( Information about the registration can be found in this page (

Participants who register no later than 12 April will profit from the early bird fee.

Who is it for?

·      Adults with Spina Bifida
·      Young people with Spina Bifida
·      Parents of children with Spina Bifida
·      Personal assistants
·      Medical doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and everybody who works or lives with people who have Spina Bifida

What will I gain?

·     New knowledge about Spina Bifida
·     Your own personal pathway for a good life with Spina Bifida will be strengthened
·     You will sharpen your awareness of the complexity in Spina Bifida
·     Better knowledge is the key to a better life

Stefania Pirani:
Badr Mouhcine:
Ammi Sundqvist:

Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model – Final International Conference

""Invitation and call for papers: REASSESS hereby invites you to participate in its Final International conference 21-22 August, Oslo, Norway.


Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model – Final International Conference

21-22 August 2012, Oslo

A Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare Research – “REASSESS” ( – has since 2007 investigated whether five Nordic welfare societies (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) succeed in living up to the idea of a distinct Nordic Welfare Model. The overarching research question for the centre is whether these countries are able to reconcile economic effectiveness and social inequality. Researchers from nearly twenty university departments and research centres in the five Nordic countries have worked together in cross-national teams studying issues related to

  • Care,
  • Childhood,
  • Disability and inclusion,
  • Diversity and universalism,
  • Family and parenthood,
  • Gender relations,
  • Globalisation and competition,
  • Housing,
  • Immigration,
  • Income inequality and poverty,
  • Intergenerational relations,
  • Pensions and income transfers,
  • Social regulation,
  • Welfare governance
  • Welfare-to-work (activation) policies

In many instances, this research has included colleagues from non-Nordic countries.

Keynote speakers

Three leading international scholars will give keynote talks at the Conference:

Mary Daly – Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, the UK:

“The Welfare State in Society: Re-assessing the Social Challenges to the Nordic Model”?

Ann Orloff – Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA:

“Toward a Gender-Open Future? Equality and Diversity in Feminist Social Politics and Policy”

Sven Steinmo – Professor, European University Institute in Florence, Italy:

“The greediest of generations”

Yet, the greater part of the conference will be parallel paper-based sessions around the main topics of the research in REASSESS (see bullets above). REASSESS invites people to propose papers related to one or several of these topics. Priority will be given to papers with at least one of the Nordic countries as frame of reference.

Important dates!

Deadline for paper proposals (about 300-400 words): 16 March 2012

You will receive feedback on paper proposals before: 1 April 2012

Deadline for registration for the conference 1 May 2012

Deadline for submission of full paper: 1 August 2012

Paper proposals (abstracts) and full papers should be sent to Mi Ah Schøyen ( or


International Conference EASPD and SOUS

Under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk

24 in 25 May 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The international conference is organised by the Association of Slovenian Training Organisations for Persons with Special Needs – SOUS in collaboration with the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, EASPD, which brings together around 9000 service providers across Europe. EASPD’s main objective, based on the UN convention on disability rights, is to promote equal opportunities by ensuring an effective and quality system of service provision. As to solving future challenges, it believes in the interdependence and partnership of service users, providers and authorities at all levels.

The conference theme of »dual diagnosis«, which means a mental development disorder combined with mental health problems, was motivated by an increasing awareness of such problems in people with special needs and, as a result, a growing need to provide additional information to these people as well as the people close to them and around them. In the past, it was generally believed that these people have no mental health problems. However, foreign studies made in recent years have shown that individuals in this target group face an even greater risk of psychological problems than the population with no disabilities. All this applies to the more developed European countries, the USA and Australia, while Slovenia is just making a start in this field.

For this reason the conference will introduce various relevant aspects and determining factors, presented by recognized European experts, researches in the field, practitioners at the applied level and some Slovenian professionals.

The primary aim of the conference is to improve knowledge about mental health of all those involved in the lives of people with special needs – the staff, family, professionals and the public, to exchange good practices and views and to build new links at the European and personal level.

Dual diagnosis is a complicated and complex condition that needs special attention, not only as regards the person treated but also in terms of giving support to the family and staff. Only if the latter are provided with sufficient knowledge and support can they properly maintain their own mental health and well-being and, then only, provide adequate care to the person in their charge. The awareness of society at large should also be raised.

We find courage and optimism in the fact that, step by step, such knowledge is spreading and that the number of studies is increasing, as is the number of research and applied questions.

Ultimately we must keep in mind that all this should have a single aim and purpose: the good health and high quality of life of people with special needs.


Welfare States Facing Global Turbulence, Ageing and Migration

2012 Annual RC 19 Conference, Oslo, Norway

Invitation and Call for Papers


Welfare States Facing Global Turbulence, Ageing and Migration

Rising to the Occasion, Coping or Adjusting Downwards?

23-25 August, 2012

The annual conference of Research Committee 19 in the International Sociological Association will be hosted by NOVA in 2012.

NOVA – the Norwegian Social Research Institute– is delighted to invite you to the 2012 RC19 annual conference in Oslo. The organizers invite theoretical and empirical papers on poverty, social welfare and social policy (

The conference’s main theme is the impact of global interdependencies, demographic change, migration flows and the ways in which welfare states are responding to these challenges. This thematic profile means that the organizers in particular welcome papers dealing with these issues:

How are welfare states meeting the increasing global economic turbulence?

To what extent do the governments’ adjustments follow recommendations or requirements of transnational organizations?

How do different welfare societies deal with the rising care needs related to ageing and what consequences do these responses have?

How does the meeting of care needs reinforce global care-chains and highlight migration’s gendered consequences both in sending and receiving countries?

Are perceived challenges created by migration and accommodation to diversity influencing public opinion and the electoral support for migration policies and/or redistributive welfare arrangements?

The greater part of the conference will be parallel paper-based sessions, adopting the so-called “Korpi Rules” where the discussant – not the author – is giving a summary of the paper.

The 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP)

"" ICCHP provides a unique platform for end users, researchers, developers and practitioners including amongst others:

  • A scientific conference presenting and discussing reviewed papers (~50% acceptance rate) which will be published in SPRINGER Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Special Thematic Sessions organised, chaired and supervised for publishing by leading experts to provide a comprehensive overview to very specific aspects of eAccessibility and eInclusion
  • A special track on Universal Learning Design organised by colleagues from the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • A Young Researchers Consortium to support the formation of the next generation of experts in eAccessibility and eInclusion
  • A Summer University for young blind students intending to enter math, science and engineering studies
  • A programming competition final “Project Possibility”
  • A pre-conference including major German spoken events, Workshops/Tutorials and Meetings
  • Space for Exhibition and Poster Presentations
  • The ICCHP Roland Wagner Award sponsored by the Austrian Computer Society
  • An agreeable Social Programme for networking and enjoyment

Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

3 April 2012 Please find the updated program here.

Workshop of the EUI Human Rights Working Group and the Academy of European Law Friday April 27, 2012

""Background: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in force since 2008, is novel in many ways. It adopts a new model considering persons with disabilities as full subjects of the law with clearly defined human rights, thus substituting the previous medical paradigm, as well as the social development model and the model based on non-discrimination principles. It incorporates elements of such understandings yet moves beyond them in the creation of a more comprehensive and integral framework. Because the treaty views disability as a result of the interaction between an inaccessible environment and a person, rather than an inherent attribute of an individual, it considers persons with disabilities as right holders capable of exercising such rights in an independent manner on the basis of equal citizenship. Also, the UNCRPD is, so far, the first and only core international human rights treaty to which the European Union (EU) is a party, and the first human rights treaty which the European Community, as it then was, was involved in negotiating and signing, alongside its Member States. From its very conception and negotiation, it adopted an “experimentalist character”, prioritizing actors such as Non-Governmental Organizations and National Human Right Institutions, and also envisioning them as necessary and helpful partners in the implementation of the Convention. This opens a space for timely and innovative discussions to which the EUI wishes to contribute constructively.

Concept: This workshop seeks to provide a discursive environment between experts and the EUI research and faculty community on the standards, aspirations and implementation of the UNCRPD. It also aims at exploring its role within domestic legislations and jurisdictions, from developed to developing countries, as well as the challenges it poses for different actors in International Law, in particular, the EU, and ultimately, its relevance and potentials for the persons with disabilities throughout the world. Speakers are asked to reflect on these issues in their presentations, which should last for no more than 20 minutes, and to make available in advance, one brief document that will complement their presentation.

Readings: Arnardóttir, Oddný Mjöll and Gerard Quinn (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: European and Scandinavian perspectives, International Studies in Human Rights, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill Academic, 2009.

Courtis, Christian, “The right to life and the right to health of children with disabilities before courts: some Latin American examples”, in: Clements, L. and Read, J. (eds), Disabled people and the right to life: the protection and violation of disabled people’s most basic human rights, London: Routledge, 2008.

De Búrca, Gráinne, The EU in the negotiation of the UN Disability Convention, European Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2010; Fordham Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1525611. Electronic copy available at:

Kumpuvuori, Jukka and Martin Scheinin (eds.), United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: multidisciplinary perspectives, The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Finland (VIKE), Publications Series of VIKE No.5, 2010.

Melish, Tara, “The UN Disability Convention: Historic Process, Strong Prospects, and Why the U.S. Should Ratify”, 14 Hum. Rts. Brief. 37, 2007.

To register please reply by email to:


 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome by the Human Rights Working Group and introductions: Cornelius Wiesener, EUI Researcher and Coordinator of the HRWG

09:45 – 11:30 Overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Chair: Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, EUI Researcher and Member of the Human Rights Working Group

  • History of the negotiation of the UNCRPD, model and legal principles adopted: Martin Scheinin, Professor of Public International Law, EUI
  • Mainstreaming the UNCRPD: realizing rights of persons with disabilities through core UN bodies: Juan José Gómez Camacho, Mexican Ambassador to International Organizations in Geneva
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities to realize the UNCRPD: Jukka Kumpuvuori, Abo Akademi University

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:30 The EU and the UNCRPD

Chair: Danai Angeli, EUI Researcher and Member of the Human Rights Working Group

  • The EU and its role in the UNCRPD: Delia Ferri, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Verona Faculty of Law
  • Congruence of internal and external action of the EU on persons with disabilities: Francesco Francioni, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, EUI
  • Implementing the social model of disability: Philippe Reyniers, EUI Researcher
  • European Case Law on disabilities: added value and future prospects: Claire Kilpatrick, Professor of International and European Labour and Social Law, EUI

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:30 Monitoring and implementation of the UNCRPD in the domestic sphere

Chair: Masa Anisic, EUI Researcher and Coordinator of the HRWG

  • Impact of the Convention’s equality approach on the substantial rights of the UNCRPD: Masa Anisic, EUI Researcher
  • Immediate obligations and progressive realization in the UNCRPD: Christian Courtis, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • State monitoring of awareness raising campaigns on the rights of persons with disabilities developed by private corporations: Carlos Ríos, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Challenges and levels of compliance of the UNCRPD: Theresia Degener, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

16:30- 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 18:30 The UNCRPD, relevant groups, organizations and partners

Chair: Alice Margaria, EUI Researcher and Member of the Human Rights Working Group

  • Legal principles of the UNCRPD applicable to all actors: Danai Angeli, EUI Researcher and Member of the Human Rights Working Group
  • The UNCRPD and the role of organisations of persons with disabilities: Stefan Tromel, Executive Director of International Disability Alliance
  • Advocacy tools for equal realization of rights of all persons with disabilities: Andrea Dabizzi, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

18:30 – 18:45 Roundtable and Closing Comments

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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