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Rethinking Disability: the Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective

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Project "DISABILITY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙991˙231 €
 EC max contribution 1˙991˙231 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 1˙991˙231.00


 Project objective

Approximately 10% of the world’s population is estimated to be disabled and this number is expected to rise in the next few decades. People in different cultural settings ascribe different meanings to disability; consequently, its repercussions are both culturally contingent and universal. This project brings together the local and global dimensions of disability and examines the interaction, tension and conflict between these two aspects by undertaking the first comprehensive study of the far-reaching political, societal and cultural implications of the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) which was organized under the auspices of the United Nations in 1981. A landmark event which appears to have gone virtually unrecognized in scholarship; the IYDP was the first occasion to place disability into a global context by endorsing it authoritatively as a human rights issue and thereby raising the question as to how the concept may be understood in a multicultural world. There will be four closely-related objectives: 1. to examine the IYDP’s impact on human rights discourses and to scrutinize their applicability within global settings; 2. to document the IYDP’s contribution to emancipation and social change and to consider the different trajectories of emancipation in various parts of the world; 3. to assess the ways in which the IYDP influenced everyday life experiences, galvanized identity formation and inspired the emergence of a distinct subculture; 4. to analyze the transnational exchanges and knowledge transfer in conjunction with the IYDP and to examine how the Western oriented discourses penetrating the developing world interacted with the local environment. The project’s innovative contribution and academic impact lies in connecting the IYDP to broader political, social and cultural processes in the last quarter of the twentieth century and thereby bringing disability in a global context to the attention of mainstream historical scholarship.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Paul van Trigt, Luc Brants and Alice Schippers
A short history of approaches to disability in the Netherlands
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Routledge History of Disability 2019-06-06
2018 Monika Baár
Singing and Painting Global Awareness: International Years and Human Rights at the United Nations
published pages: 182-203, ISSN: , DOI:
Communicating International Organizations in the 19th and 20th Centuries, 2019-06-06
2016 Paul van Tright, Jacqueline Kool and Alice Schippers.
Editorial humanity as a contested concept: relations between disability and ‘being human’
published pages: 125-128, ISSN: 2183-2803, DOI:
Social Inclusion 4:4 2019-06-06
2017 Monika Baár
De-pathologizing Disability: Politics, Culture and Identity
published pages: 281-303, ISSN: 0028-3320, DOI:
Neue Politische Literatur, 62 2019-06-06
2016 Paul van Trigt and Susan Legêne
Writing disability into colonial histories of humanitarianism
published pages: 188-196, ISSN: 2183-2803, DOI:
Social Inclusion 4:4 2019-06-06
2016 Paul van Trigt
Human rights and the welfare state. An exploratory history of social rights in the postwar Netherlands
published pages: , ISSN: 2385-1171, DOI:
Zapruder World 3 2019-06-06

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