art of belonging

Disability Studies Conference ‘The Art of Belonging’

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Date(s) - 30/11/2017
09:00 - 17:00

Hotel Casa


3rd International Disability Studies Conference ‘The Art of Belonging’

Organizer: Disability Studies in the Netherlands (DSiN) and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc)

Keynote speakers: Michael Stein, Katherine Runswick-Cole, Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Trudy Dehue, Geert van Hove. Read more >>


In a world that is increasingly divided along different lines, varying from socio-economic to bodily differences, the ‘art of belonging’ is of utmost importance. How and why do people practice the art of belonging in different places of the world, how are these practices informed by the past and which practices are future-proof? Our conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines, engaged citizens and artists to discuss these questions and exchange ideas and practices.

The Conference has an inter- and transdisciplinary design. We expect disciplines as diverse as architecture, arts, psychology, political theory, economy, gender and minority studies, public health, theology and history. People with and without disabilities and their allies will participate.

Having ‘the right to belong’ is not enough. We need room for belonging, also on our congress. DSiN wants to create a welcoming space within Hotel Casa with creative and inspiring workshops, with knowledge through text, image, voice, music, danse, film and meeting.


The conference language is English. Interpreting services are available in Dutch Sign Language (NGT) and speech to text writers / captioning services in English.


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