IU Gateway Europe-Decolonizing

Decolonizing Disability Studies in Countries of the Former USSR

This workshop convenes scholars of disability from the region, particularly those studying in Ukraine, Central Asia, Caucasus, the Baltics, and Russia, and gives them a forum in which to explore decolonizing disability studies in the shadow of Russia’s war on Ukraine, develop their ideas, establish networks, and plan future projects. Some colleagues based at US/Canadian/UK/similar institutions will join the workshop virtually.

Participants will discuss some common readings around decolonizing approaches in the social sciences and humanities in general, and in disability studies and “Post-Soviet/Russian and East European and Slavic Studies” (recognizing the problematics of that frame) in particular.

The workshop provides participants with the opportunity to expand their scholarly and professional network, plan future collaborative projects or lay the groundwork for a collective publication.

Sponsored by the Russian Studies Workshop, IU Office of Vice President for International Affairs, and Columbia University.