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Disability Consciousness-Raising and COVID-19: Possibilities and Challenges

Wednesday 2 December 2020 (11:30-12:30)
Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell

Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell (FRSA) explains that, while the COVID-19 epidemic has had horrific consequences in terms of life, social isolation, the demonization of disabled and aged people, and challenges to the economy; it has also acted as a moment to reappraise the meaning of ‘disability' and affords the opportunity to build up the disability rights movement.

This presentation will discuss the convergence of these new realities and consider the COVID-19 crisis as a moment of opportunity to harness the role of consciousness raising strategies, in order to bring together disparate groups of disabled people in conversation, reflection and ultimately, action around institutionalised ableism.

The event's link (Zoom) and password will be sent to registered participants by email a day before the webinar.

Speaker biography

Fiona Kumari Campbell FRSA is a Professor of Disability and Ableism Studies, School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee. She is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and a disabled BAME person. She writes about Global South theory, disability studies, disability in south Asia, dis/technology and is a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism.

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