Disability Under Siege: Decolonising Disability in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine


15 Feb 2023    
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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15 February 2023, 3-4pm UK time GMT

Speaker: Professor Dina Kiwan, University of Birmingham, UK

Convenor: Maia Chankseliani


Most of the knowledge on disability has been produced in the Global North, despite the majority of disabled people being in the Global South. Not only is disability higher in these countries and its effects exacerbated by the sociopolitical conditions, infrastructure and attitudes to disability, but disability also arises as a direct result of conflict and armed violence. The link between conflict, disability and access to education has been relatively under- examined. This talk draws on the work of my GCRF-AHRC funded Disability Under Siege Network Plus Programme (https://disabilityundersiege.org/) working with partners in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, addressing the fundamental challenge that most children with disability in the region never go to school.

About the series

Global Public Seminars in Comparative and International Education address themes of major interest to academics, practitioners, and policy-makers working in the field of education globally. These seminars illuminate the role of education in societal development, with a focus on understanding changes in education policy, discourse, and practice, and how these changes influence individual opportunities and shape the development of educational institutions around the world. Seminars zoom into the local and zoom out into the national and supranational spaces, flows, and influences on education.

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