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Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series

[Cancelled] Disabling the Middle East: How Can the Concept of Disability Provide Fresh Perspectives on the Region?

Thursday 7 May 2020
Open to all, complimentary drinks afterwards
What's New?! Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Monika Baar and Amany Soliman are contributors to the ERC research project Rethinking Disability: The Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective 

Their talk will argue that just like the much more frequently employed concepts of class, race, gender and ethnicity; the notion of disability has the potential to rethink several aspects of the history of the Middle East in an interdisciplinary manner. They will provide concrete examples for the usefulness of the lens of disability by elucidating how it can add new knowledge to a host of topics, including the involvement of people with disabilities in the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the application of disability rights in the Arab countries, the intersections of gender and health in Islamic society and the role of the Arab League of States in devising collective strategies and policies of the people with disabilities in the Arab World.

About Monika Baar 

Monika Baar is Professor by Special Appointment of Central European Studies in the Institute for History at Leiden University and principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project Rethinking Disability which explores how disability became a global issue and how the concept may be understood in a multicultural world. Her recent research concerns the emergence of disability internationalism and the history of displaced persons with disabilities. She is currently completing a manuscript on Disability and History for Palgrave.

About Amany Soliman

Amany Soliman is a lecturer of modern history in Alexandria University of Egypt. In 2017 she joined the ERC funded project Rethinking Disability in Leiden University through a postdoctoral fellowship in the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo. Her research focuses on linking the history and the current affairs of the disability communities in the Arab countries and the modern Middle East. She also studies disability issues in relation to Islam, gender, nationalism, philanthropy and post-colonial state-building struggles in Egypt and the Arab world.

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