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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Archivo por meses: April 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Policy and Disability Symposium

Fordham University, New York, NY

November 12-13, 2020

Submissions deadline: May 15, 2020
(Please indicate in your submission if you would like to submit a paper for a presentation online or in person.)

The Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and the Columbia China Center for Social Policy invite you to submit a paper to the multidisciplinary and international Social Policy and Disability Symposium. The symposium will provide a forum to discuss how disability is considered in the design, implementation and evaluation of social policies.

In this symposium, interdisciplinary conversations among people with diverse experiences and backgrounds will provide opportunities to discover solutions to old and new problems. We invite scholars, activists, policymakers, practitioners, and students working in the areas of social policy and disability to this conference. We welcome submissions in the social sciences, the humanities, and interdisciplinary fields such as disability studies.

The symposium will focus on social policies and their impact on persons with disabilities, their families and communities. We are interested in any topic related to disability and social policy, including but not limited to the following:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Ageing
  • Health and healthcare
  • Family support and policies
  • Community-based services and long-term care
  • Social protection
  • Social policy in the Global South.

The symposium will take place at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City on November 12-13, 2020. (Note that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire conference might take place online.)

Please submit an abstract (between 500 and 2,000 words) or a full paper by email to by May 15, 2020. Notifications will be shared via email by June 1st, 2020. Criteria for selection will include quality, originality, accessibility, and relevance to current debates in social policy. A preliminary program will be announced by July 15th, 2020. Selected papers from the symposium may be considered for a journal special issue or edited volume.

Look forward to seeing you in New York City!

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Vandana Chaudhry, Ph.D., MSW, College of Staten Island, The City University of New YorkSusan Parish, Ph.D., MSW, Dean of College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University

Scientific committee: Christine Fountain (Fordham University), Qin Gao (Columbia University), Amy Horowitz (Fordham University), Sophie Mitra (Fordham University), Falguni Sen (Fordham University), Jean-Francois Trani (University of Washington at St. Louis).

Organizing committee: Amy Horowitz, Sophie Mitra, and Falguni Sen (Fordham University).

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and the Columbia China Center for Social Policy.

WEBINAR: The Right to Science

Thursday April 30, 6pm (Amsterdam time)

The webinar will focus on the most recent developments regarding the ‘right to science’ from the side of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and will feature the participation of one of its members, professor Mikel Mancisidor from the Washington College of Law. Professor Cesare Romano from Loyola Law School and Professor Andrea Boggio from Bryant University, members of the Steering Committee of Science for Democracy association, will lead the discussion.

During the webinar,

  1. You will be introduced to the ‘right to science’ as human right and to the most recent developments regarding its definition and endorsement in the UN framework and beyond;
  2. You will learn about all relevant initiatives of the recently established association Science for Democracy ( and how you can contribute to them.

To participate in the webinar, please write to Claudia Basta at

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