Tom Shakespeare speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 2nd of august)

This august is full of interesting guest speakers. Before Graham Pullin (august 9) and Tuuli Mattelmäki (august 23) come to talk at T-Labs’ Research Colloquium, we are happy to have Tom Shakespeare speaking on “What do we need to know about disability in order to design differently?”
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[Tom Shakespeare]

TITLE: What do we need to know about disability in order to design differently?

SPEAKER: Dr. Tom Shakespeare

This talk will introduce the disability studies approach, in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Disability studies is a multi-disciplinary field comprising social science, bioethics and the humanities.
Disentangling the barriers strand from the minority group strand offers different options for addressing the disadvantage experienced by people with disabilities – or should that be “disabled people”? Underlying this debate are ideas about normality, a concept which Lennard Davis has suggested only came to prominence in the early nineteenth century with Quetelet’s concept of L’Homme Moyen. How does the concept of Universal Design fit within different options for conceptualising disability as a political phenomenon? Can design help us rethink disability, in terms of environments, services and technologies which empower and include, rather than disable and exclude? Or should we forget all that, and concentrate on making disability sexy?

BIO: Dr Tom Shakespeare trained in sociology at Cambridge University and has researched and taught at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle. As well as research and publications in disability studies, he has contributed to debates in bioethics and science communications.
His books include “The Sexual Politics of Disability” (Cassell 1996), “Genetic Politics” (Clarion 2002), “Disability rights and wrongs” (Routledge 2006), “Arguing about Disability” (Routledge 2009). He was instrumental in creating the public engagement programme of Newcastle’s Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute (PEALS), and subsequently played a role in the Beacon of Public Engagement project at Newcastle and Durham University. From 2004-2010, he was a member of Arts Council England, having participated in the UK disability arts movement since the early 1990s. He currently works for the World Health Organization, in Geneva.

HOST: Tom Bieling

The talk will start at 14h at
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, Berlin
20th floor

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