Centre for Disability Research (CeDR), University of Lancaster

The 2014 Lancaster disability studies conference will take place from 9-11 September 2014. In previous years, the Lancaster disability studies conferences have brought together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies.


The main theme of the 2014 conference is 'New Directions for Disability Studies', and the call for papers is now open.


The CeDR invites the submission of abstracts for either symposium, paper or persentations on current research, ideas and developments in disability studies. The reviewing committee welcomes submissions in the following areas:

  • Impact of global economic changes
  • War, conflict and political change
  • Independent living, rights and citizenship
  • Normalcy and diversity
  • Madness, distress and disability
  • Culture, history and arts
  • The ‘Global South’: Disability in low and middle income countries
  • Theoretical and methodological ideas and debates
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Hate crime and abuse
  • Politics and policies


Peter Beresford (Brunel University & Shaping our Lives) and Brigit Morris Colton (Lancaster University) are convening a conference stream on Mad Studies. With the publication of the Canadian study Mad Matters, Mad Studies are now gaining a higher profile internationally. Abstracts for symposium, papers or posters charting the work going on in this area, the contribution this field offers and its relationship with Disability Studies would be welcomed. If you would like to discuss this stream please contact Peter Beresford or Brigit Morris Colton.

The reviewing committee would also welcome abstracts for poster presentations about the work of organisations, networks and groups which are related to disability studies.

The deadline for submissions is 16th March 2014. Please see the CeDR website for further information on how to submit abstracts.