Disability Studies Autumn School, 19-21 September 2019, Istanbul

Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Turkey Programme, in partnership with Boğaziçi University Social Policy Forum Research Centre, organized a three-day Autumn School on Disability Studies for graduate students who are in the process of writing their theses and dissertations in the field of disability studies for the second consecutive year.

The Autumn School aimed to introduce multi-disciplinary approaches to disability studies and help students integrate disability rights approach into their research framework, methodology and analysis. Leading scholars of disability studies from various disciplines including psychology, politics, law, gender studies, medicine, architecture, and educational sciences delivered lectures on a range of topics such as ableist norms in Turkey, disability and social policy reform in Turkey, disability in international human rights law, disability and gender, health and disability, inclusive education, and approaches to universal design. A total of 18 graduate students from different disciplines, who were selected among 60 applications to the program, also presented detailed feedback on their works in progress.

Boğaziçi University Social Policy Forum Research Centre is institutional academic partner of RWI within the framework of its Turkey Program since 2017. The main goal of this academic cooperation between the two institutions is to enhance and increase the volume and quality of academic studies and research on specific and less studied human rights topics in Turkey including disability, health and aging studies.