ALTERconf: 7th Annual ALTER disABILITY Mundus Doctoral School

September 1-4, 2019

This year’s doctoral school, (Self)Representing disAbILITY, is linked to the 8th Annual Conference of ALTER-ESDR’s theme: Histories, Practices and Policies of Disability: International, Comparative and Transdisciplinary Perspectives, which is linked to disABILITY MUNDUS, a group of European academics and universities who are actively engaged in and support scholarly research on disability. It takes place in cooperation with the University of Cologne, The Graduate School of the Faculty of Human Sciences, and iDiS, the International Research Unit in Disability Studies.

Our focus, (Self)Representing disABILITY, is about questioning society through and with accounts on how disability is currently and has been historically represented through first person perspectives that inform research, practices, policies and more. Basically, we will explore this slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us”, which came into use in international disability activism during the 1990s.

We invite participants who have completed at least one year of their PhD program and are in the process of researching issues in disability through sociology, education, nursing, policy, anthropology, linguistics, family studies, design, material culture, medicine, technology, and more. Experts from around the world lead the doctoral school through a transdisciplinary approach by interrogating issues, practices and perspectives on disability.

To attend (Self)Representing disABILITY please prepare a 500 word abstract of your dissertation project and upload it to the application form: by May 30, 2019.

Doctoral students from the University of Cologne are also invited to submit abstracts. 
Participation is limited to 18 seats and delivery of the doctoral school is in English.

Cost is 100 € for lunches, coffee breaks, and the welcome dinner. The fee is to be paid by 2nd August 2019 (receipt of payment). 
If you are admitted to the doctoral school you will receive further information about the payment along with the confirmation of participation.

September 1-4, 2019

University of Cologne 
Faculty of Human Sciences 
IBW Building, Seminar room S 101 
Herbert-Lewin-Strasse 2 
D-50931 Cologne

Until May 30, 2019 via the application form:

The disABILITY MUNDUS doctoral school is connected to, and takes place immediately before, the

ALTER Conference 2019:

Histories, Practices and Policies of Disability:
International, Comparative and Transdisciplinary Perspectives 

Cologne, Germany, 5 – 6 September 2019

We would like to draw the attention of doctoral students attending the summer school to the opportunity to attend the ALTER conference afterwards. 

Information about the ALTER Conference can be found at

Please note that application for the doctoral school does not automatically include application for the ALTER Conference 2019 but you will have to register separately at the conference website.