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Lecture | StepTalk

Do disabled persons belong to humanity? Disability as a contested human rights issue

Date
14 February 2019
Time
Series
StepTalks: science at the Spanish Steps
Location
Wijnhaven
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room
Spanish Stepts

With the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2006, disabled persons are ‘officially’ included in humanity and disability can no longer be ignored as an issue of human rights and international law. Within the field Disability Studies the human rights perspective on disability is already established, but outside that field this is hardly the case. Therefore Paul van Trigt will present a genealogy of the UNCRPD without the assumption that a human rights perspective on disability is self-evident. On the contrary, he will ‘follow’ the contested concept of human rights in the United Nations disability policy since the 1970s and argue that there was no linear trajectory towards the UNCRPD – as is often suggested. This critical history of disability as a human rights issue will inform larger debates about inequality and human rights in which disability is a rather neglected field of enquiry when compared to other concepts such as gender and race.

Steptalk Paul van Trigt

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