Ableism in Academia


Broadcasting live from the UCL Institute of Education:

Title: Ableism in Academia
Dates: Friday, 23 March 2018
Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (GMT)
Location: Drama Studio (Level 1), UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
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Ableism in Academia

Academia prides itself on productivity, innovation and rigour. It also purports to promote inclusivity and diversity.

However, as disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse academics know, ableism - discrimination in favour of able-bodied people - is endemic in academia. Rather than embracing difference as a reflection of wider society, academic ecosystems seek to normalise and homogenise particular ways of working and of being a scholar.

Against this background, this interactive symposium provides a forum to discuss the pressures and challenges faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse academics. By engaging in debate around academic ableism, including how it intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality, we aim to create a policy-facing manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change.

Sponsors and Supporters:

  • UCL (in particular: UCL Institute of Education, UCL GDI hub, UCL HR)
  • University of Kent
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Leeds
  • Chronically Academic
  • National Association of Disabled Staff Networks
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Confirmed speakers:

  • The keynote speaker is Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), author of 'Contours of Ableism'.
  • Professor Michael Arthur (UCL), President and Provost of UCL, will close the day with reflections and thoughts about ways forward.

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