Chukwuemeka Agbo's picture
February 21, 2022 to February 24, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Human Rights, Humanities, Labor History / Studies




Ableism means prejudice against persons living with disabilities. It is a form of discrimination that has been normalized in our society. In other words, it can be viewed as a system of oppression, like racism or sexism, which benefits able-bodied people at the expense of people with disabilities. It is a set of practices and beliefs that assign inferior value or worth to people who have developmental, emotional, physical or psychiatric disabilities. Ableism is the primary cause of the marginalization and discrimination which disabled people are subjected to. Studies have shown that people with disabilities are sometimes Classified as minority group, one that frequently encounters various degrees of discrimination in the course of their daily life. Ableism entails biased ideas and assumptions, as well as prejudicial attitudes and behaviors aimed at people with disabilities. Oftentimes, ableism represents a kind of privilege, one allowing able-bodied people to feel, think, and act in ways that sometimes unknowingly promote their socio-cultural interests over people with disabilities. It is against this backdrop that the proposed conference seeks to create a robust discourse on ableism in Africa and its multidimensional manifestations.

The conference will investigate socio-political, economic, cultural, and religious foundations of ableism in Africa. People living with disabilities in Africa have been victims of social stereotypes and profiling. The limitations imposed on them by their physical conditions have been used against them in the society. Cultural beliefs sometimes inform the prejudices that society propagates against people with disabilities. One of the places where this prejudice appears in Africa is in the work environment. People living with disabilities are more likely to be denied employment opportunities in Nigeria not because they are not intellectually and emotionally equipped and ready to perform the tasks associated with a position but because they have physical disabilities. In the political space, ableism is also responsible for the absence of people living with disabilities in the political leadership of the continent. The same is true of religious institutions among other sectors. The prevalence of Ableism in the continent knowingly or unknowingly robs the continent of Africa of the intellectual, economic, and political contributions of people living with disabilities.

The African Humanities Research and Development Circle (AHRDC), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, invites scholarly contributions on the following and related subthemes:

  • Concepts, theories, and the psychology of Ableism.
  • Social and cultural foundations of ableism.
  • Politics, governance, and ableism.
  • The economy, economic development and ableism.
  • Culture, religion, and ableism.
  • Ableism and entrepreneurship in Africa.
  • Ableism and labor relations.
  • Education and ableism in Africa.
  • Pedagogical and methodological approaches to ableism in Africa.
  • Gender and ableism.
  • Ableism in African history, art, and literature.
  • Social work and ableism.
  • Ableism, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ableism in traditional African societies.
  • Ableism and stereotypes.
  • Ableism, development, and underdevelopment in Africa.
  • Ableism in African architectural practice and building codes.
  • Cases studies: ableism in the developing world.
  • Comparative analysis: ableism in developed and developing economies.

Conference date: 23-25 November 2021
Interested scholars should submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to ahrdc.unn@gmail.com and
 chukwuemekacagbo@utexas.edu not later than 30 November 2021 along with the conference registration fee broken down as follows: N20,000.00 (Nigerian scholars), N5,000.00 (Nigerian students with valid ID cards), N50,000.00/US$100 (international scholars), N25,000.00/US$50 (international students with valid ID cards). Payment should be made to Fidelity Bank. Account Nos: 6060137833 (Naira) & 5090725652 (USD) latest 30 November 2021. Acceptance of abstract is based on payment of conference registration fee. Information on hotels and other logistics will be shared with registered participants later.

Announcer: African Humanities Research and Development Circle (AHRDC), University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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