Shixin Huang, Disability Rights Movement in China
WhenFriday, Nov 8, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus room327
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDisability Studies Program
D Center

Disability Studies Program Brown Bag Seminar

Location: HUB 327 (the D Center)

Title: “International and Local Interface of Disability Rights Movement in China”

Presenter: Shixin Huang, PhD candidate, Jackson School for International Studies

Accessibility Information:
We will have CART captioning and ASL interpretation at this event. The D Center is a scent-free space and is mobility aid accessible.

In the presentation, I will scrutinize the seemingly alliance relationship between international and local disability rights movement by contextualizing the process in which the disability rights model being diffused globally. Drawing from preliminary fieldwork in the summer of 2019, I critically examine the transplantation of the rights-based model as an agenda that is actively promoted by international disability rights movement in the context of China. I argue that the authoritarian politics that confine the state and civil society relationship, as well as the economic vulnerability of people with disabilities in the post-socialist market economy, limit, if not invalidate, the rights model mandated by the international disability rights movement.

Shixin Huang is a Ph.D. student in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Her research focuses on the disability rights movement in contemporary China. She is interested in understanding how the international norms of disability rights come into China and interact with the authoritarian politics to shape disability activism on the ground.…
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