[AI] Fostering Research in Disability: A Winter School

Shilpaa Anand shilpaa.anand at gmail.com
Mon May 20 11:01:02 EDT 2019

Dear List Members,
Kindly spread the word about this Winter School to be held in Hyderabad at
the NALSAR University of Law in December 2019.
The details are below:

*Fostering Research in Disability: Winter School*

*Theme*: *Voice, Representation and Participation in Law and Culture*

Research and writing are integral to promote understanding of a field.
Disability Rights have generated this interest in the recently emergent
field of disability studies. The interest is largely generic and people
feel the need for advice to zero in on a particular topic of research. In
order to assist persons interested in working in the field, Centre for
Disability Studies, NALSAR University of Law and the Department of
Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus will
co-organize a Fostering Research in Disability Winter School from *16th to
21st December 2019*.

     That disability is a category of vulnerability and precarity is no
longer in doubt, however, questions related to the conceptual constitution
of this category remain under-researched. Scholarship on disability, over
the last few decades, has informed disability law and public policy
consistently. How can disability law and disability culture in practice
inform research on disability? The week-long Winter School will engage with
questions of disability with a special focus on voice, representation and
participation of disabled people in law-making and cultural processes.

     The School will apprise participants of significant developments in
the field of disability studies as also point to issues, topics and areas
within the field which merit research.  Topics of instruction and
discussion include:

v  Disability exclusions and inclusions: legally embedded and culturally

v  Personhood related to disability – legal concepts and cultural notions

v  Discourses of *human rights* and *social justice*

v  ‘Disability culture’ and disability *in* culture

v  Configuration of ‘voice’ and ‘representation’ within disability studies

     The School will also provide opportunity to participants with draft
research proposals to present and obtain feedback on the feasibility of
their plans. Applicants seeking a review of their research ideas will be
required to send us a one-page write-up containing a description of the
research idea and a tentative research plan, closer to the commencement of
the Winter School. The research proposal may be a draft of:

-          An M.A., MPhil or PhD research programme

-          A funding proposal idea

-          A journal article/publication idea

-          A book proposal

The week-long programme will consist of a pre-lunch and post-lunch
sessions. The pre-lunch sessions will include talks by experts and
discussions around assigned readings. During the post-lunch sessions,
proposals received will be peer-reviewed in the form of group discussions.
All persons interested in attending the school may write to
*winterschool at nalsar.ac.in* <winterschool at nalsar.ac.in>  by    *7th June
2019* expressing their interest in the programme and why they wish to
attend it.

Keeping in view the intensity of the exercise only 30 candidates will be
admitted into the school. Preference will be accorded to persons with
disabilities. Final list of selected candidates shall be announced by *30th
June 2019*. Travel expenses will have to be borne by the participants.

*Programme Fees*: Rs. 1500 including food

 *Lodging*: Both hostel and guest house facilities available on payment at

A few fellowships and fee waivers are available. Candidates in need of the
same may write to us at *winterschool at nalsar.ac.in*
<winterschool at nalsar.ac.in> .

*Venue* *of the Winter School*:

NALSAR University of Law

Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,

Hyderabad - 500078, Telangana.

*Organizing Committee:*

Amita Dhanda, Head, Centre for Disability Studies and Professor of Law,
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Shilpaa Anand, Department of HSS, BITS-Pilani Hyderabad and Distinguished
Research Fellow, Centre for Disability Studies, NALSAR University of Law

Prerna, LLM Candidate, Student Member, Centre for Disability Studies,
NALSAR University of Law

Shilpaa Anand
Associate Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
BITS Pilani - Hyderabad Campus.

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