This event seeks to challenge the assumption that disability in India should be understood and responded to as a rights-based category. As a (post) development state with transnational political and economic ties, India provides an ideal location to explore how global discourses are taken up, adapted, or rejected as disabled people seek to create worlds for themselves.
Agenda of the roundtable discussions:
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Registration
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM: Opening Remarks and Overview by Prof. Michele Friedner, University of Chicago and Dr. James Staples, Brunel University
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Roundtable 1: Thinking about Disability, Charity, Entitlements, and Rights
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Roundtable 2: The Status of Disability Studies in India: Can Academia and Activism work together?
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Lunch
2:30 PM- 3:45 PM: Roundtable 3: Disability Activism in India: Ways of Theorizing and Doing
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks