Understanding disablement in postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    This was an invited talk delivered as part of the ‘Disability Studies in East Europe – Reconfigurations’ seminar series organised by a disability studies group at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. The seminar took place online on 27 May 2022. I discussed a framework for a critical and historically informed analysis of disablement in the postsocialist region of Central and Eastern Europe. The framework brings together disability studies, Nancy Fraser’s theory of social justice, and critical studies of postsocialism. This helps understand disablement in the postsocialist region in terms of intersections between state socialist legacies and postsocialist neoliberal transformations in the economic, cultural, and political spheres. Specific instances of disablement were explored, including continuing institutionalisation, retrenchment of public support, medical-productivist framing of disability, overvaluation of self-sufficiency, and depoliticisation of disability organising.
    Period27 May 2022
    Held atJagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • disability studies
    • disability policy
    • postsocialism
    • state socialism
    • social policy
    • welfare state
    • neoliberalism
    • human rights
    • independent living