Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that focuses on the experiences, perspectives, rights and leadership of disabled people. We warmly welcome the participation of anyone interested in exploring disability issues across a wide range of disciplines as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, health, and educational contexts.
The conference theme, Every Body In, is deliberately broad, in the hope that presentation topics and means of delivery will reflect the diverse nature of Disability Studies. We are committed to making the conference as accessible as possible for all participants. The programme will be structured to encourage people to meet and interact within and across particular interest and sector groups.

We hope you will consider joining us at this inaugural conference, hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin. We look forward to meeting you to share in what promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking gathering.
Thank you.


On behalf of the Conference Committee




panorama of the venue


The conference is hosted by the University of Otago in the world class St David Street Lecture Theatre Complex. This modern Oamaru stone complex is ideally suited to host both the lectures and the poster sessions, while also providing opportunities to meet colleagues in congenial and comfortable surroundings.






Finding parking is a challenge at any time around the University. There are a number of parks available to mobility permit holders. During the conference there will also be a limited number of temporary mobility parks available. Please contact the Registration Desk Ph 470 3482 for more information.



Dr Gill Rutherford, University of Otago, College of Education
Donna-Rose McKay, Head of Service, University of Otago, Disability Information and Support




Associate Professor Leigh Hale, University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy
Dr Elaine Webster, University of Otago Research Advisor, Humanities
Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Director, Donald Beasley Institute
Dr William Levack, University of Otago, Rehabilitation Teaching & Research Unit
Denise Powell, Disability consumer/researcher




Kerry Buchan
Conference Manager
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