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Academia prides itself on productivity, innovation and rigour. It also purports to promote inclusivity and diversity. However, as disabled and chronically ill academics know, ableism is endemic in academia. Rather than embracing difference as a reflection of wider society, academic ecosystems seek to normalise and homogenise ways of working and of being a scholar.

Against this background, this interactive symposium provides a forum to discuss the pressures and challenges faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse academics. By engaging in debate around academic ableism, including how it intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality, we aim to create a manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), author of Contours of Ableism.

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