Anarchy and Disability


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Can't quite work out if this email I received the day is a wind up but given source suspect it may be genuine! There was a note to distribute widely so only doing my bit that way! HAve left off the email addresses at bottom for some reason, but can be supplied by PM if you want.

"Call for Papers: Anarchism and Disability

2nd Anarchist Studies Network Conference: “Making Connections”
Loughborough University, U.K.
3-5 September 2012

Dear Colleagues,

This call for papers is for a Disability and Anarchism strand within
the 2ndASN conference. More details on the full conference can be
found at

We believe that disability as an axis of oppression in capitalist
society has been paid relatively little attention by anarchists and other radical theorists (outside of the relatively small and insular field of Disability Studies, which in the UK has largely been dominated by Marxists and, more recently, post-structuralists), and that it is of potentially vital importance for the anarchist movement at this point in history, both because disabled people are at the sharp end of the current attacks on freedom and equality by the ruling class in the UK, EU and elsewhere, and because analyses of the politics of disability, and of wider society from a disabled standpoint, have urgently needed fresh insights to offer to
revolutionary activists and theorists.

Issues that we would like to see covered by this session include
(but are not exclusive to):

- analyses of the centrality of wage-work and "productivity" in Western society from anarchist and Disability Studies perspectives
- inclusion and exclusion in education and how this intersects with
anarchist and related movements for radical educational alternatives
- the Disabled People's Movement as a liberation movement and its
relevance to contemporary anarchism
- possible anarchist responses to the current demonisation of disabled people and dismantling of state welfare support for disabled people by governments in the UK and elsewhere
- the intersections of drug prohibition, the prison industrial system,
and psychiatric and other medical-institutional systems, and radical
critiques of statist drug liberalisation
- examining the unexamined disablism in anarchist and other "radical" spaces and activist practices, and how these could benefit from greater inclusion of disabled people and consideration of their
particular experiences of oppression.

We initially envisage the format of this session as two panels of
relatively short paper presentations (depending on space and time
available and number of paper proposals), followed by an open, non-hierarchically facilitated discussion. However, we would be open to other suggestions of possible structures, particularly in regard to increasing the accessibility of the session to a greater variety of participants.

Abstracts of 250 words detailing your proposed presentation or
discussion should be submitted by the 31st of March 2012. For submissions and more information please contact:
Sadly, it's probably not a joke, there are people who are really that stupid.

Not sure how campaigning for state welfare is "anarchist" though, but likely they don't either as they're usually just rentamob gobshites.
I like the idea of post apocalyptic hordes of anarchistic wheelchair users, wielding axes and other makeshift weapons and with Ben Hur like spikes on their wheelhubs.

Who needs disability benefit, when you can take what you want?