CfP – Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in Society and the Labour Market

Call for Papers

Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in
Society and the Labour Market

International Conference on Linking Concepts of Critical Ableism and
Racism Studies with Research on Conflicts of Participation
June 2013

University of Hamburg

Network and Centre of Participation Research

Prof. Dr. Marianne Pieper, Jamal Haji Mohammadi, Till Telake, Gesa Mayer

Call for Papers

While anti -discrimination laws and the UN Disability Rights Convention provide legal guarantees anchoring the right to self-determination and inclusion in all sectors of society, these guarantees have yet to be realised in practice. Central to this conference is the question of implementation of the rights of marginalised people to inclusion, self-determination and participation in society in general and especially in the labour market. The focus is on two central interconnected axes of difference, ableism and racism, which act as powerful social ?ushers? in conjunction with other constructions of difference. Both ?disability? and ?migration background? are terms used colloquially and often understood as properties associated with individuals; however, what remains hidden is how they are the product of complex processes of construction. These processes can take on very different forms in different geopolitical contexts depending on the specific logics of economic valorisation as well as different political and technical conditions. The aim of the conference is to discuss the creation of concepts as well as theoretical and methodological tools adequate to the task of analysing marginalisation and participation. An additional focus of the conference will be on the concept and practices of inclusion and a discussion of models, perspectives and policy options.

The conference program is divided into three sections:

1. Theoretical and conceptual development

The aim is to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches to analysing processes of marginalisation by examining how ableism and racism interact with other axes of difference (gender, age, sexual orientation, class) in the context of specific economic conditions. How do logics of valorisation, production conditions and the labour market situation in contemporary neo-liberal economies relate to ableism, racism and other axes of difference?

2. Development of methodological perspectives / Discussion of new research designs

Creative and innovative methodologies will be presented for discussion. There will be an emphasis on theoretical concepts and research methods/research designs which neither comprehend people as simple emanations and materialisations of power logics and structures, nor view them as completely autonomous actors. The aim is rather to explore the potential offered by theoretical concepts and research designs from the fields of ?neo-materialism? and complexity theory to escape the narrowness and aporias of social constructivist approaches.

3. Current empirical studies and reports from the field will be used as the basis for discussions of different forms of participation in the labour market and in  everyday life.

a) Network activists will outline and discuss new perspectives and models as well as demands and opportunities for political intervention.

b) A panel discussion will allow network activists and scientists to debate new perspectives and models together with political decision-makers and representatives from business and the trade unions.

Deadline for abstracts: 31.12.2012

We invite colleagues from different countries and different disciplines within the social sciences to submit abstracts until 31.12.12. Please send your abstract to

A Book Launch (or a special issue of an international journal) is in preparation.

Conference venue: Institute of Sociology? Centre for Participation Research ? University of Hamburg

If you have any questions please contact:

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