ALTER International Society for the History of Infirmities, Impairments, Handicaps, Disabilities...

A SPACE FOR THE HISTORY OF OTHERNESS

Created in Paris on February 4th, 1989, ALTER is a scholarly society (a French non-profit organization) dedicated to the history of people and groups designated as crippled, disabled, lame, handicapped, assisted ...

OBJECTIVES

ALTER’s objectives are:

  • to gather researchers and works in this field
  • to promote research -in France and in other countries- on the History of various processes (social, economic, political, medical, psychological, religious, ideological...) participating in the social construction of infirmity, impairment, disability, handicap…
  • to address a broad range of topics, notably the emergence of practices related to the identification, categorization and treatment of these populations in different cultures and periods of history
  • to raise awareness and lead actions for the collection, conservation and exploitation of (written, oral, iconographic, material...) sources of the patrimony related to this field.

 

ALTER has members in Canada, England, France, Scandinavian countries, Scotland, Switzerland, United-States.