Universität Innsbruck

Disa­bi­lity Stu­dies & Par­ti­ci­pa­tion in Hig­her Edu­ca­tion

Interdisciplinary International Symposium | 27 – 29 June 2019

Organized by Prof. Dr. Lisa Pfahl (University of Innsbruck, AT)
Prof. Dr. Linda Flynn-Wilson (University of New Orleans, US)
Dipl.-Soz., Dipl.-Päd. Julia Biermann (University of Innsbruck, AT)

Thursday 27 June Kaiser-Leopold-Saal (R203), Karl-Rahner-Platz 3
16.00 – 16.30 Opening session
Dean Michaela Ralser (Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Innsbruck, AT) Dean Kim Martin Long (College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development, University of New Orleans, US) Lisa Pfahl (University of Innsbruck, AT) Linda Flynn-Wilson (University of New Orleans, US)
16.30 – 18.00 Jos Boys (University College London, UK) Towards inclusive learning spaces
18.00 – 18.15 Break
18.15 – 19.00 Poster presentations I
Inclusive university programs
Susanne Dungs (FH Kärnten, AT) The contribution of disability and diversity studies (DDS) to inclusive higher education
Mathilde Niehaus, Jana Bauer and Susanne Groth (University of Cologne, DE) The PROMI project for PhD students with disabilities – reducing barriers and promoting participation in doctoral studies in Germany
Angela Magnanini; Pasquale Moliterni, Antonio Ferraro and Lorenzo Cioni (University of Rome, IT) The integrated sport into the university curriculum to improve attitudes towards persons with disabilities
19.00 Reception with finger food and music


Friday 28 June Madonnensaal (R201), Karl-Rahner-Platz 3
09.00 – 09.15 Welcome
09.15 – 10.30 Sheila Riddell (University of Edinburgh, UK) Disability, gender and social class in school and higher education: making the connections
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 13.00 Presentations I & II (in parallel sessions)
I Structural barriers to access higher education
Marco Miguel Valero Sanchez (Leibniz University Hannover, DE) The transformation of universities towards (more) inclusive organizations: social claims, governance instruments and internal organizational practices in dealing with disabilities in higher education
Camilla Nordgren, Lotta Anderson (University of Malmö, SE) and Lisbeth Ohlsson (Kristianstad University, SE) Barriers to access higher education
Paul Thomas Bole (University of New Orleans, US) Efficacy of transition services in the United States: evaluation of barriers to access higher education
II Transitions & trajectories in higher education
Sadia Akbar (Humboldt University Berlin, DE) Socio-cultural construction of disability and materialities of spaces: Barriers to participate and survive in higher education system for disabled women in Lahore (Pakistan)
Shruti Taneja Johansson (University of Gothenburg, SE) Transitions to, within and beyond higher education using an ADHD lens
Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe (University of Abuja, NG) Understanding inclusion barriers in higher education of Nigerian disabled learners for guidance and counselling interventions
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch break

14.15 – 16.15 Presentations III & IV (in parallel sessions)
III Cultural barriers and images of higher education
Inga Reichelt (University of Leeds, UK) The transparent student: the emotional and hidden labour necessary to secure accessibility and participation in higher education, and alternative ways forward
Noa Winter (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, DE) Horizontal spaces, exploded times: cripping time and space in higher education
Thomas Barow and Shruti Taneja Johansson (University of Gothenburg, SE) Current attempts to remove barriers to postsecondary education for persons with intellectual disability in Sweden
IV Inclusive higher education and teaching
Rosa Bellacicco, Heidrun Demo (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IT) and Marisa Pavone (University of Turin, IT) BECOM-IN: Students with disabilities in teacher training – a systematic review
Matthias Gubler, Cornelia Müller Bösch and Manuela Depauly (Zurich University of Teacher Education, CH) Project écolsiv: Inclusive post-secondary teacher education for people with intellectual disabilities in Switzerland
Alexander Klement, Gertraud Kremsner, Barbara Nemestothy, Andreas Paukner and Susanne Prummer (University of Vienna, AT) Relationship status: „It’s complicated“– participatory approaches to classification obsession and knowledge demands of teacher trainees
16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break
16.45 – 19.00 Petra Anders (Institute for Empirical Sociology, Nuremberg, DE) Inclusive academia – including academics with disabilities
Robert Stodden (University of Hawaii, US) Supporting students with disabilities in higher education in the USA


Saturday 29 June Madonnensaal (R201), Karl-Rahner-Platz 3
09.00 – 10.15 James Martin (University of Oklahoma, US) Self-determination from theory to practice
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 11.30 Poster presentations II (in parallel sessions)
Disability & higher education
Tizita Kassahun Gebremariam (University of Vienna, AT) Inside the higher education institutions: Exploring experiences of women students with disabilities in selected Ethiopian southern universities
Natalie Sulzner, Anja Tscherteu and Edvina Bešić (University of Graz, AT) Disability at the University of Technology in Graz: Students’ perspectives
Katharina Felbermayr and Helga Fasching (University of Vienna, AT) Making a decision for higher education!?
Disability studies, students & teaching
Sabine Gerhartz-Reiter and Cathrin Reisenauer (University of Innsbruck, AT) Disability studies as teacher education’s critical friend – reflections on potentials and challenges exemplified by pedagogical diagnostics
Theresa Straub (University of Innsbruck, AT) Disabled people living independently through personal assistance – what do we know about participation in higher education?
11.30 – 12.30 Lunch break with finger food
12.30 – 13.45 Justin Powell (University of Luxembourg, LU) Sign of our times and universal design university
13.45 – 14.00 Closing session