Past Event

Impairment in the Social World: A Graduate Student Conference on Disability

March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
9:20 AM - 5:30 PM
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Knox Hall (Room 509), Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street, New York
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allison C. Carey, Professor of Sociology and Director of Disability Studies, Shippensburg University

In 2013 more than one in five American adults had a disability and four percent needed assistance in daily activity. While the experience of living with a disability affects a significant portion of the population, it is relatively understudied in the social sciences. Social science research on disability is caught between a medical model which stresses physiological impairment, and a social model that emphasizes stigma and discrimination without attending to the substantiality of impairment. This opposition between the social and medical models inhibits sociological research on disability. Believing that disability is a meaningful social category worthy of inquiry, we  have organized this conference to investigate the role of impairment in shaping the social world and the lives of individuals. We hope to develop a model of disability that attends to the relationship between impairment and social life; the ways in which disability shapes and is shaped by the social world.

Free and open to the public, but registration required. For more information, please RSVP on the conference website.

Allison C. Carey is the Professor of Sociology and Director of Disability Studies at Shippensburg University. Their research interests include, medical sociology, health and disability; social problems; inequality; qualitative research methods; and specifically cultural beliefs and practices related to people defined as having mental retardation or intellectual disabilities.

This conference is generously funded by the Center for Science and Society, The Institute for Economic Research and Policy, the Columbia Population Research Center, and Columbia’s Department of Sociology.