Conference proceedings:
Barsch, Sebastian/ Klein, Anne/ Verstraete, Pieter (eds.): The Imperfect Historian. Disability Histories in Europe. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 280 pp., 1 b/w fig., 21 graphs.
ISBN 978-3-631-63659-6

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21st August

11.30 Welcoming
Franz Peter Mittag (Executive Director, Department of History, University of Cologne, Germany)

11.45 Introduction
Sebastian Barsch (Cologne), Anne Klein (Cologne), Pieter Verstraete (Leuven, Belgium)   

12.30 Panel 1: Uncommon spaces, time-periods and sources (I)
Patrick Schmidt – A narrative approach on disability history: Disabled persons and their social integration in eighteenth-century periodicals (Rostock, Germany)
Bianca Frohne/ Klaus Horn – Poverty and beyond?! New and fluid perspectives on researching disability in Medieval and Early modern societies (Bremen, Germany)
Yann Cantin – Who are the deafs of the Belle Epoque? A presentation of a deaf community (Paris, France)

14.30 Break

15.00 Panel 2: Re-applying power
Annemieke van Drenth – Care and curiosity: Ida Frye and the discovery of autism in the 1930s in the Netherlands (Leiden, Netherlands)
Maria Romeiras –Panoptical discourses and self-surveillance on blind school projects (Lissabon, Portugal)

17.00 Panel 3: Disability, work & compensations
Myriam Winance – Disability and reparation (Paris, France)
Daniel Blackie – Disability, dependency, and the household economy of care in the early United States (Helsinki, Finnland)

18.30 Cultural Programme

20.00 Dinner

22nd August

Keynote: Anne Waldschmidt – What is and for what purpose does one study the history of disability? (Cologne, Germany)

10.00 Panel 4: International perspectives
Gaby Admon Rick – Persons as numbers: Deciphering disabled bodies in British Mandate Palestine and Israel, 1930-1956 (Ramat Gan, Israel)
Jose Martinez-Perez & Mercedes Del Cura Gonzales - Work injuries, scientific management and the production of disabled bodies in Spain, 1920-1936 (Albacete, Spain)
Nausica Zaballos – Constructing Disability at Camarillo Mental Hospital (1948-1996) (Paris, France)

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Panel 5: Uncommon spaces, time-periods and sources (II)
Gildas Brégain – The radicalization of the Disability Rights Movements (1968-1981). A entangled history (Argentina, Brazil, Spain) (Paris, France)
Jitka Sinecka - Peeping over the wall: Communism, Goffman and the deinstitutionalization of people with autism in the Czech Republic (Syracuse, USA)
Paul van Trigt – The imperfection of narrative: Sensory history and the inclusion of blind people in Dutch society in the twentieth Century (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
15.30 Panel 6: Interdisciplinary approaches
Emmanuel Nathan – Cultural Theory of Disability (Leuven, Belgium)
Anna Piotrowska - Disability history and musicology (Kraków, Poland)

17.00 Open discussion

17.45 End 

The venue is accessible for wheelchair users and throughout the conference a sign language interpreter will make sure the presentations are also available for deaf scholars.

Dr. Sebastian Barsch (University of Cologne)
Dr. Anne Klein (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung/Lecturer at the University of Cologne)
Dr. Pieter Verstraete (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

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