The 2nd International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Asia

Universitas Brawijaya Law Faculty

September 24, 2019 – September 25, 2019

The 2nd International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Asia organised jointly by the Law Faculty of Brawijaya University, La Trobe Law School, Pusat Studi Layanan Disabilitas (PSLD), AIDRAN, and Sociology University of Brawijaya will be held in Malang, 24-25 September 2019

Conference theme: Theorizing Advocacy and Research for Disability Policy and Social Inclusion


It is estimated that 60 percent of the worlds’ 650 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific. Around 30 countries in Asia have ratified the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Countries who have ratified the convention are obliged to adopt domestic laws that are not discriminatory, and protect the rights of people with disabilities to a life of respect, freedom, independence, and equality. Asia is a region rich with diverse populations, where history, politics, religion and the legal landscape provide unique experiences and practices of diversity and disability inclusion. Asia’s colonial past informs the development of its socio-political and legal practices, which in turn influence efforts towards social inclusion. This landscape we believe forms a key consideration for policy research on disability advocacy, with scholarship on the socio-legal and cultural understanding of local practices being an important factor shaping the emergence of disability advocacy and disability studies.

With growing interest in policy reform to eliminate barriers for disability inclusion in the Asian context, this conference offers an opportunity for scholars, advocates and policy specialists to share their research, knowledge, and experience working on various discipline that enhance disability inclusion at both the policy and social level. The discussion at the conference will provide an opportunity to reveal the unique experiences of communities, government and development specialists in Asia in the processes that engage, promote and enact practices of inclusion. We welcome papers that fall into the conference topics of interest:
  1. Advocacy and social movements
  2. Access to justice and public law
  3. Media and assistive technology
  4. Inclusive education
  5. Arts, media, cultures and religions
  6. Public services and accessibility
  7. Employment, social welfare, and economy
  8. Disaster mitigation
  9. Gender and youth
  10. Leadership and political representation
  11. Health and well-being
  12. Research and methodology in Disability Studies
Submit your abstracts of max 200 words by 15 April 2019.
Submit your paper for those whose abtract has been accepted by 30 August 2019.

For those who wants to participate without presenting your paper you can register here.