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Donia Human Rights Center Panel | A Discussion on Disability Justice, Human Rights, and the Politics of Space

November 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Historically, disability studies is anchored to the humanities, which generates a tremendous volume of discourse on disability through activism and advocacy, creative practice, and justice-informed frameworks. However, within the academy and society at large, perceptions, perspectives, and approaches to disability are more volatile. Physicians tend to understand disability as a therapeutic object to be diagnosed, ameliorated, and cured. Engineers engage disability as a problem to be solved through technical means. Artists and designers work through disability to motivate a range of creative practices. Architects and urbanists leverage disability narratives around mobility and accessibility but often fail to accede to the demands of disabled people in terms of equity and inclusion in public life. Everyone appears well-intentioned but often intention becomes oppressive, pathologizing, and isolating. A civil understanding of human rights remains contested. This panel is convening as a form of repair across disciplinary divides; in order, hopefully, to foster greater connection and, perhaps empathy in the process of our collective work.

This in-person event is free and open to the public but registration is required if you intend to participate virtually. Once you’ve registered, the joining information will be sent to your email.

Register at: https://myumi.ch/zwA6Z


Weiser Hall, Rm 110
500 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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