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Article: Exploring experiences of ableism in academia

Source: https://www.springer.com/journal/10734


To understand the experiences of the disabled in academia, a fully accessible and inclusive workshop conference was held in March 2018. Grounded in critical disability studies within a constructivist inquiry analytical approach, this article provides a contextualisation of ableism in academia garnered through creative data generation. The nuanced experiences of disabled academics in higher education as well as their collective understandings of these experiences as constructed through normalisation and able-bodiedness are presented. We show that disabled academics are marginalised and othered in academic institutions; that the neoliberalisation of higher education has created productivity expectations, which contribute to the silencing of the disabled academics’ perspectives and experiences due to constructions of normality and stigmatisation; and that it is important to enact policies, procedures, and practices that value disabled academics and bring about cultural and institutional changes in favour of equality and inclusion.



Brown, N. & Ramlackhan, K. (2021). Exploring experiences of ableism in academia: a constructivist inquiry. Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-021-00739-y.

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