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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Politics of Disability and Peace: Learning Developments in the University

Dr Mike Clear, Dr Frank Hutchinson.

Disability Studies is an emergent area of knowledge and learning that is concerned with the social causes and impacts of impairment. It focuses on the systematic nature of the disabling outcomes of impairment including loss of human rights, poverty and exclusion. It addresses itself to a range of questions and issues about the social, economic and political dimensions of this personal and social experience. This paper presents important current theoretical and curriculum developments of this interdisciplinary field. It also highlights the convergence of this emergent area of learning with interdisciplinary peace studies and interesting curriculum and practical developments at an Australian University.


Dr Mike Clear  (Australia)
Director of Critical Social Science Research
The School of Applied Social and Human Sciences
University of Western Sydney

Dr Mike Clear is the Director of Critical Social Science research at the University of Western Sydney and a founding director of the national Disability Studies and Research Institute (DSaRI).

Dr Frank Hutchinson  (United States)

  • Disability Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Social and Political Dimensions
  • Theoretical Developments
  • Curriculum Developments
  • Emergent Interdisciplinary Knowledge

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)