Alter European Society for Disability Research


Alter ESDR is an international learned society dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in social sciences and humanities in the area of disabilities. Particular emphasis is placed on the plurality of scientific approaches and knowledge (theoretical, applied, grounded on the experience of disability) provided by this research area.


Established with a focus on Europe, the society welcomes scholars in the international scientific community. Alter ESDR welcomes all having an interest in disability research, without exception or particular orientation. 




5th Annual Conference


Inclusion, Participation and Human Rights

in Disability Research

Comparisons and Exchanges


Stockholm – Sweden, 30 June - 1 July 2016


Call for papers


The conference is organised in the context of the annual meeting of Alter - European Society for Disability Research. Its goal is to offer a European and international multidisciplinary view of disability research, across its whole spectrum, addressing sociohistorical and political dimensions as well as the subjective experiences of the actors concerned (disabled persons themselves and those close to them, professionals of the field and other social and political actors).Considering disability as a category of analysis is also likely to shed light on the modes of organisation of contemporary societies.


The language of the conference is English (with live captioning during joint sessions and one parallel session). The venue of the Fifth Annual Conference of Alter is Stockholm University, located close to Stockholm City centre. 


Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for the Fifth Annual Conference of Alter before 15January 2016. It is possible to submit abstracts for individual presentations or for sessions of 3-4 presentations focusing on the same theme. We particulary encourage submissions concerning comparative international sessions. Read more