Disability and migration – living on the periphery of society?

14:00 – 17:00, Mon 6 November 2017

Manchester Metropolitan University
John Dalton Building, JD E145
Chester Street
M15 6BH

In the context of a rise in neopopulism, from Brexit to Trump, people on the move and those labelled disabled are facing increased hostility and uncertainty. This event will bring together activists, academics and members of the public to consider how disability and migration activism and scholarship intersect to inform policy making in a time of austerity.

Confirmed speakers:
Ms Fereshteh Mozaffari – writer, poet, migrants’ rights activist (British Red Cross);
Mr Richard Currie – disability rights activist (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People);
Prof. Katherine Runswick-Cole, Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University;
Dr Lisa Scullion, Reader in Social Policy and Associate Director, Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford; and
Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin, Senior Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University.

This collaborative and interdisciplinary event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and will include: a talk from each of the speakers; film screening from previous research; poetry reading; sketching a visual representation, and online presence via Twitter, and livestream.

Research from three research projects will inform the discussion:

“Big Society? Disabled People with learning disabilities and civil society” (ESRC – ES/K004883/1)

Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change. “Diminished citizenship: The impact of restricted welfare rights on the lives of European Economic Area (EEA) migrants in the UK”

Gendered migrations. Polish women migrants in the UK

As a humanitarian issue, this event is relevant to those working in the field of disability studies and migration studies, activism and policy as well as to students and members of the general public interested in equality and diversity.

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