Lancaster Disability Studies Conference

Tuesday 15 September 2020, 9:00am to Thursday 17 September 2020, 5:00pm


Lancaster University

Open to

Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


Cost to attend - booking required

Registration Info

Bookings open March 2020. Further information available on conference website

Event Details

The 10th Lancaster Disability Studies Conference is taking place on 15-17th September 2020 #CeDR2020

Disability Studies has evolved at pace since the inaugural Lancaster Disability Studies Conference took place in 2003. Then Colin Barnes asked ‘Disability Studies: what’s the point?’, while Gerry Zarb asked whether disability research was ‘running out of steam’?

Over eight subsequent conferences we have consistently returned to these questions as the scope of Disability Studies as area of research, teaching, activism and practice as grown and permeated many new areas and fields. It is fair to say while we might continue to debate what the purpose and scope of Disability Studies is, it certainly hasn’t run out of steam. New theoretical perspectives have emerged and voices from the global south increasingly inform our discipline. Developments in aligned fields like Mad Studies and Neurodiversity have enriched our discussions. We continue to strive to ‘do’ Disability Studies in ways that are accessible, inclusive and welcoming of all who want to participate.

Austerity, the rise of populism, the creation of hostile environments, climate change, and large-scale migration raise huge new challenges for Disability Studies. It would be easy to lose heart and be dismayed in the face of the growing inequalities disabled people face. However, the potential to grow and thrive an inclusive and expansive disability commons where we focus on practices of hope, resistance and organisation remains.

The conference remains an opportunity to present research about the experiences and aspirations of disabled people, to question and provide new answers about what the point of Disability Studies is and to develop new strategies for collective and co-operative action.

We welcome papers that engage with all areas and forms of Disability Studies, that consider disability across the life course, in relation intersectionality, in different contexts, spaces and places. We especially welcome submissions from those new to the field, as well as those more established, and from those whose work speaks to local, national or global concerns.

We are also hosting a special conference stream on Inclusive Creative Methods convened by Sue Cranmer, Alex Kaley and Ann-Marie Houghton. You can read their call for papers and other information

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31st March 2020 For further details and submission link go to the conference website

Contact Details

Name Hannah Morgan

Telephone number

+44 (0)1524 594110