ALTER Conference 2021, Rennes, 8 - 9 April 2021

How are norms challenged by disabilities?

This call for papers is directed at everyone involved in human and social science research on disability and the loss of autonomy: including work that addresses conceptional and organisational aspects of research, field research, scientific production, qualitative and quantitative methods, etc. Responses from all social fields are welcome (education, employment, culture and recreation, housing, transport, human and technical assistance, political participation, emotional and sexual life, etc.).

This 9th conference aims to discuss the construction of normality and, more broadly, the system of thought that structures our societies in which being “able” is the norm in the sense of both the most widespread and the most desirable situation. The aim of this critical perspective is therefore to highlight how our societies are structured in relation to the notion of the able individual. While the recent call to build inclusive societies would appear to herald a radical turning point, what is the reality? Have we truly finished with representations of disability that tend towards the negative, the defective or even the tragic? To what extend are the “heroized” figures of disability, omnipresent in the public space, perpetrating the representation of disability as a deviation from the norm? 

Further to the cancellation of ALTER 2020

Further to the cancellation of the Alter 2020 conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are renewing the call for proposals on “norms interrogated by disabilities” for the Alter 2021 conference. It will take place online on April 8th and 9th, 2021. The theme of this conference seems more topical than ever and we would like to add the possibility to submit communications related to the crisis linked to the pandemic that we are going through (see at the end of the call). Proposals accepted in 2020 will be automatically accepted without further evaluation (unless there is a major change). However, you will have to submit them on the Alter2021 site to indicate your intention to participate. New proposals are welcome. This conference is scheduled onsite, providing the evolution of the COVID 19 epidemic and travel and grouping restrictions that may force us to consider alternative organisational conditions.

Organizing committee

  • Bertrand Louis, EHESS, CEMS (FRE 2023-U1276)
  • Brégain Gildas, CNRS, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Campeon Arnaud, EHESP, CoRHASI, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Cuenot Marie, EHESP, CoRHASi
  • Delourmel Véronique, EHESP 
  • Fillion Emmanuelle, EHESP, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Guevel Marie-Renée, EHESP, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Godeau Emmanuelle, EHESP, CoRHASI, Inserm-SPHERE (UMR 1027), ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Jaffrès Fanny, EHESP, CoRHASi, Cresppa-LabToP (UMR 7217)
  • Mafféi Régine, EHESP 
  • Moreau Delphine, EHESP, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Payen Emeline, EHESP
  • Pierre Kerri-Anne, EHESP 
  • Plouzennec Marylène, EHESP
  • Rapegno Noémie, EHESP, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Roussel Pascale, EHESP, CoRHASi
  • Sopadzhiyan Alis, EHESP, CoRHASI, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Valdes Béatrice, EHESP, CoRHASi, ARENES (UMR 6051)
  • Ville Isabelle, EHESS and INSERM, CEMS (FRE 2023-U1276)

Scientific committee

  • Baar Monika, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Baudot Pierre-Yves, Université Paris Dauphine, France
  • Bertrand Louis, EHESS, CEMS (FRE 2023-U1276)
  • Brégain Gildas, CNRS, France
  • Brulé Emeline, School of Engineering and Informatics of Sussex, United-Kingdom
  • Campéon Arnaud, EHESP, France
  • Cuenot Marie, EHESP, France
  • Dirringer Josepha, Université Rennes 1, France
  • Fillion Emmanuelle, EHESP, France
  • Gardien Ève, Université Rennes 2, France
  • Godeau Emmanuelle, EHESP, France
  • Godrie Baptiste, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Guevel Marie-Renée, EHESP, France
  • Jaffrès Fanny, EHESP, France
  • Lejeune Aude, CNRS, France
  • Marcellini Anne, Université de Lausanne, Suisse
  • Mitra Sophie, Fordham University, USA
  • Moreau Delphine, EHESP, France
  • Moscoso Melania, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Espagne
  • Probst Isabelle, Haute Ecole de santé de Vaud (HESAV), Switzerland
  • Rapegno Noémie, EHESP, France
  • Reaume Geoffrey, York University, Canada
  • Revillard Anne, Sciences Po, France
  • Sherlaw William, EHESP, France
  • Sopadzhiyan Alis, EHESP, France
  • Tabin Jean-Pierre, Haute école de travail social et de la santé Lausanne (HES-SO), Switzerland
  • Valdès Béatrice, EHESP, France
  • Van Trigt Paul, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Ville Isabelle, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France
  • Winance Myriam, Cermes3-Inserm, France
  • Wright Stephanie, University of Sheffield, United-Kingdom


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