The Disability Studies in Eastern Europe – Reconfigurations research platform invites to their first seminar. The aim is to create an inspiring, creative, and safe environment in which scholars, Ph.D. candidates and students will benefit from each other’s experience and research.


Time: 25 March 2022, 4PM (CET)

Location: Online (Zoom)

To participate please fill in the registration form (if you have any accessibility requirements, be sure to fill in the form before 20 March 2022).


Panel discussion

Cripping Eastern Europe: Is Geography the Only Thing That Holds Us Together?

Chair: Natalia Pamuła, University of Warsaw


  • Svetlana Borodina, Columbia University
  • Ina Dimitrova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Monika Dubiel, University of Warsaw
  • Kateřina Kolářová, Charles University in Prague

The goal of the discussion is to ask about the specificity of disability histories, identities, and experiences in Eastern Europe. The panelists will discuss what the analysis of disability can tell us about Eastern Europe and what, if anything, distinguishes Eastern European disability experiences from Western or global disability experiences. Moreover, the panel will ask what the study of disability in Eastern Europe adds to the existing body of disability theory, and which disability theories formulated in other regional contexts are useful for thinking disability in Eastern Europe.

The panel discussion will be recorded and will be available on the website of the platform.



Mapping Disability Studies in Eastern Europe

Host: Sarah D. Phillips, Indiana University

The platform aims to create an academic network of researchers investigating disability in Eastern-European contexts. The first workshop will be an opportunity for participants to map the current state of the art of disability studies in Eastern Europe as well as the gaps in the scholarship.


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