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8th December, Disability History Month: Uncovering Disability History, Gender Included

Join us for a special seminar to commemorate Disability History Month: Dr. Nancy Hansen, ‘Uncovering Disability History: Gender Included’!

Wednesday, 8 December 2021 at 4pm GMT

Register on Zoom here.

‘Uncovering Disability History: Gender Included’

Uncovering disability history is not straightforward. Examining the often overlooked spaces and places and moving beyond quantification and fixations with medical understandings of disability. Although there are more than one billion disabled people world-wide (WHO),knowledge of our social and cultural presence and experience is limited – Progress is measured and disability issues and experience are gradually being recognized as part of the broader cultural landscape. The cultural invisibility (Bourdieu) is being challenged by disabled people – beyond providing physical access of ramps and toilets for wheelchair users in spaces of culture.

Utilizing a disability-sensitive lens and thorough investigation of existing archives, artifacts and items usually discarded as valueless or dismissed as ‘difficult’. This presentation explores little known aspects of disability history including some of history’s most famous disabled and non-disabled women; highlighting individual and collective experiences, with depth and texture developing a more complete understanding of the ways in which the past has helped to shape present attitudes toward disability and disability issues.


About the Speaker

Dr. Nancy Hansen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director since of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. Nancy obtained a PhD (Human Geography) from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests in disability studies are varied including; disability in spaces of culture education, literacy, social policy, employment healthcare access and experiences of disabled and LGBTQ communities in post-conflict areas. Nancy is a former member of the Member CAUT Working Group Academics with Disabilities and Equity Committee, former President and founding member of the Canadian Disability Studies Association. Nancy received an Einstein research fellowship examining Disability Studies and the Legacy of Nazi Eugenics. Nancy received the ICUF Sprott Asset Management Scholarship examining disability history. She has assisted with the development of Disability studies academic programs nationally and internationally. She has lectured on numerous occasions at University of Winnipeg Global College Summer Institute She was chosen as the 2019 Stapleford lecturer. She has recently received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. She is co-editor of the Routledge History of Disability Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader. In addition, Nancy has written numerous book chapters and contributed to various international academic journals.


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