Rennes – Conference 2021

Disability, an operator to question norms ?

EHESP, Rennes, 8-9 april 2021

Conference website



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? Some researchers and activists refer to this dominant construction of norm and disability as the notion of ableism. How does the research contribute to this analysis of the norm(s) and how can we take it into account in the way we conduct our own researches?

This conference 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 about all social fields are welcome (education, employment, culture and recreation, housing, transport, human and technical assistance, political participation, emotional and sexual life, etc.).

 Deadline for the call for proposals (.PDF here): 2 February 2020

To submit your proposal, click here.

Organizing committee

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Ecole d’études sociales et pédagogiques de Lausanne, 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