Joint statement by the organizing committees of the Lancaster and NNDR Disability Conferences
Dear Colleagues and Friends
The on-going Covid-19 pandemic has meant we have had to revisit our plans for the next Lancaster and NNDR Conferences. It is no longer feasible to plan for in-person events in 2021 therefore we are postponing both conferences for a further 12 months to enable them to remain in alternate years and to enable as many of you as possible to attend both. The next Lancaster conference is now scheduled for 13-15th September 2022 and the next NNDR Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland in May 2023.
While we are deeply disappointed meeting in person will not be possible for another year we want to meet in a way that is accessible, inclusive and safe which is unlikely to be possible for some time. We continue to work together to explore ways we can provide digital spaces to meet, collaborate and support each other.
The first initiative we are taking is hosted by the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research in March. We hope many of you will join us at Disability Research: Doing Research and Publishing Papers in Pandemic Times in March. There are further details on the SJDR website.
Hannah Morgan, Lancaster Conference
Stefan Celine Hardonk, NNDR Reykjavik organizing committee
Patrick Kermit, President NNDR
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Lancaster CeDR 2020 and NNDR Reykjavik 2021 conferences are postponed for 12 months.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The Disability Studies communities in the UK and the Nordic Countries have been closely connected for many years through social and personal contacts and collaboration in research and publishing. One manifest of these good relations is the way we synchronise our biennial conference to enable as many people as possible to participate and benefit from both.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it untenable to plan or hold our conferences in the coming months as well as raising new challenges in how we arrange large scale academic events in the future. We are therefore working together and coordinating our efforts to
a) make practical arrangements and contingency plans for our conferences a) support the Disability Studies community and, not least,
b) to draw attention to the ways in which the measures taken to deal with Covid-19 impact the lives of disabled people.
The result of our cooperation is – thus far – as follows:
1) We have decided to postpone both our conferences a full year. The next Lancaster conference is re-scheduled to take place in September 2021, the next NNDR Conference in May 2022, in Reykjavik. We are considering ways to support as many participants as possible to attend both events.
2) We are exploring ways in which we – together – can provide digital spaces to meet, collaborate and support each other while the current situation lasts and would be keen to hear from colleagues who would like to be involved.
There might, of course, be need for further changes but we remain committed to working collaboratively and in solidarity with all our Disability Studies colleagues. For updates, please visit the Lancaster and NNDR Reykjavik webpages
Photo: Hisayo Katsui
Once a year the Board meets for a physical meeting. Last week the meeting took place in Copenhagen, where the new board meet for the first time. Many exciting plans are ahead of NNDR. In addition to the meeting, members of the board visited the venue for the 15th NNDR Conference at Campus Carlsberg in Copenhagen. See the “about page” to fine out who is volunteering as NNDR board members.