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Lecture | Seminar

Thinking through (dis)ability: Diversity, Normativity, and Accessible Futures

Wednesday 29 September 2021
Pieter de la Court building



We would very much like to invite you to attend this hybrid seminar, either in person or online. There is a limited capacity for in-person participation. In order to give you the opportunity to attend the event in person. Please read the full description and information about the speakers below, and register with your preference for in-person or online via the button.

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In understanding diversity from an intersectional approach, disability is one angle that is increasingly recognized and deserves our attention. In this seminar, we will discuss and challenge the rhetoric of naturalness, and ask how boundaries between normal and abnormal, abled and disabled are being defined and contested. Both visible and invisible disabilities shape everyday experiences and relationships with others, and disabilities may variably be accepted or stigmatized in different contexts. While unpacking normative thinking, we aim at generating better understandings of disabilities. Fostering knowledge and further learning on disability are crucial steps in creating more accessible futures.

Join us on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 from 15:00 to 17:15 in room SA21 in Pieter de la Court building for an afternoon of talks and discussions. We aim to organize the seminar on-campus. However, due to COVID we might have to move the event online. A definitive decision will be taken in the first weeks of September. 

Program of the seminar

15:00 – 16:00

Mattering Disability. A Discussion on Disability, Care, and Temporality

Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou (Cardiff University)


16:00 – 16:30

Encountering Disability. Methodological Reflections on Disability during Fieldwork

Irene Moretti (Leiden University)


16:30 – 17:15

Discussion by Professor Monika Baár (Leiden University)



Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou

Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou is a Reader at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University (UK). His work explores the experiences of living with illness in different situations, mainly based in the UK, by focusing on the ways in which people with chronic illness and disability mobilize and navigate healthcare in order to produce a good life. Dr. Sakellariou has a background in occupational therapy and disability studies, and has published extensively in (medical) anthropology journals.

Irene Moretti

Irene Moretti is a PhD researcher within the ERC project ‘Moralizing Misfortune’ and a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. Her dissertation, which is based on 10 months of ethnographic fieldwork among road crash victims, health and insurance professionals, explores the ethics and practices of care surrounding road crashes and their victims in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany (Italy).

Professor Monika Baár

Professor Monika Baár is the PI on the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability: the Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Global Perspective’. Her work focuses on disability, including social policy and grassroot movements of citizens with disability, and on conceptualizations of disability in Western and non-Western societies. She is based at Leiden University at the Faculty of Humanities and has published extensively in social sciences outlets.


This seminar is organized by Dr. Natashe Lemos Dekker (Leiden University) and Irene Moretti (Leiden University) and hosted by the Research Cluster Diversity within the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, and the ERC project ‘Globalizing Palliative Care’ at Leiden University.

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