Continuities, Ruptures, Fractures? Life situations of persons with disabilities in Germany after 1945: German disability history from interdisciplinary perspectives

University of Cologne, March 20-22, 2014

In cooperation with Professor Gabriele Lingelbach, Department of Modern History, University of Kiel, Germany

This German-speaking conference focused on these key questions: What events in post-war German history can be studied as “turning points”, i.e. transformative moments in the ways the German society deals with the phenomenon of disability? To what extent is the perspective of disability studies helpful for contemporary historical research to reconsider German history since 1945? The conference brought together well-known and young scholars of German disability history; it was funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

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