How far have we come? Disability identity politics in the UK

Fri 17 Jun 2022, 19:00 - 19:45

Wheelchair accessible venue
The British Academy 10-11 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH

Is there a disability culture in the UK? What might stop someone with an impairment from identifying as disabled? And are disability rights truly international, or are they a privilege of the Global North?

Our Summer Showcase exhibit ‘Projected Books’ demonstrates a little-known WWII invention that made it possible for thousands of people with disabilities to read. In this free event, British Academy Fellow Tom Shakespeare will lead a panel of experts to reflect on the growth and meaning of the UK’s disability rights movement and demonstrate what we would all gain through better accessibility.

Our panel is:

Professor Tom Shakespeare FBA (Chair), Professor of Disability Research at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Khairani Barokka, writer, poet and artist in London, whose work centres disability justice as anti-colonial praxis.

Liz Sayce, former head of Disability Rights UK, mental health commentator (lived experience and policy); visiting Senior Fellow, LSE

Alexander Toft, Research Fellow for the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families

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This talk is part of the British Academy’s Summer Showcase, a free festival of ideas for curious minds. Meet the researchers shaping our world.

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