Plenary
Break-away
Breaks and events
Tuesday
01/10
Conference Registration and Tea // 08:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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Welcome on behalf of conference organisers // 09:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Professor Melissa Steyn, Director of WiCDS
Official University Welcome // 09:15
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Professor Ruksana Osman, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Wits University
Welcome Keynote Lecture // 10:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Decolonizing the university and beyond
Chair: Professor Melissa Steyn
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Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Tea Break // 11:15
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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Plenary Session: TBC // 11:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Chair: Haley McEwen
Lunch // 12:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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PARALLEL SESSION A, ROOM 1: METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH IN DISABILITY // 13:30
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ROOM 1- CHAIR: Rudo Mzite

Kim Fernandes: Developing a Data-Driven Culture: Disability Statistics and the Indian Census

Precious Muzite: The affirmative model in disability studies in Education (DSE) and TVET colleges: Disabling compulsory ablebodiedness

Tania Farooq and Shazia Manzoor: Disabled Women don’t belong here: Understanding disability through a Social Constructivist Approach in Kashmir

Janet Elizabeth Njelesani: Beyond normative research practice: Aligning research with disabled youth’s abilities and preferences

Lesiba Bodiba: Towards de-individualization of disability in organizations: Enabling disability disclosure
PARALLEL SESSION A, ROOM 2: SPACIALITY, TEMPORARITY AND DISABILITY // 13:30
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CHAIR: TBA

Katlego K. Kolanyane: Designed out of sight: How public spaces design assaults the livelihoods and human rights of persons with disabilities

Felix Kwabena Donkor and Kevin Mearns: Leaving No One Behind: The Case of The Disabled In Agribusiness

Anthony Gama, Anlia Pretorius and Khethukuthula Makoatsane: Navigating and accessing higher education, a Deaf student’s journey

Makgosi Letimile: Spaces and environments that may be disabling

Sibonokuhle Ndlovu: Disabling effects of the normative on those oppressed, but perhaps also within privileged spaces of normativity

Duncan Yates and Anlia Pretorius: Spaces and environments that may be disabling: Students with disabilities perceptions on physical and attitudinal barriers at Wits University
PARALLEL SESSION A, ROOM 3: SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY // 13:30
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Caio Simões de Araújo: Heteronormativity, Queer Sexuality and Disabling Histories of Mozambique

Dylan Kukard and Brett Bowman: Health, violence and sexuality in the accounts of sexually and gender non-normative users of public health services in South Africa

Helenard Louw: Towards differently abled sex: Masculinity, paraplegia and sexuality in the Global South

Jordan du Toit: Experiences of queer individuals who attended single-sex male schools

Ryan Poinasamy: Recognising LGBTQ+ faces within the Mauritanian nation state through Queer utopianism on Grindr
PARALLEL SESSION A, ROOM 4: LANGUAGE, NAMING AND SEXUALITIES // 13:30
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Wemar Strydom: Viral love: Situating PrEP4Love’s ‘Catch feelings, not HIV’ campaign within queer South African futurity discourse

Kim Bernadette Ting Chong: Disabling heteronormativity: a feminist critical discourse analysis of Life Orientation textbooks

Kershan Pancham: How did Sarah Saartjie Baartman arrive at Camissa? A queer appraisal of normativities concerning the name-giving of a building at the University of Cape Town

Anzio Jacobs: Revisiting Authoritative Accounts of #FeesMusFall Movement and LGBTI Silencing
Plenary Session // 15:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Gender, Disability and Sexuality
CHAIR: DR. WILLIAM MPOFU
- Genevieve Louw
- Linda Chernis
- Thobile Ndimande
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Conference Evening Event // 18:00
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Wits Club
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Wednesday
02/10
Morning Tea and Conference Check-in // 08:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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Keynote Lecture // 09:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Situating Disabled Philosophers and Philosophy of Disability in Philosophy
Chair: Precious Muzite
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Dr Shelley Tremain
Tea Break // 10:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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PARALLEL SESSION B, ROOM 1: GENDER, SEXUALITY, POWER AND PRIVILEGE // 10:30
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Brian Munaki: An Examination of Lobola /bride price as a threat to gender equity and equality in Africa

Maroyi Mulumeoderhwa: Landless and ‘Childless’ in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: High school students’ perceptions of gendered constitutional rights

Olayinka Akanle: Understanding disabling normativities: Contexts, fragilities, stabilities and gendered role dynamics of female breadwinning in Nigeria

Olufunmilola Ester Akanle: Women entrepreneurship as interrogation of African gender Normativities: Empirical evidence from Nigeria

Moeketsi Koahela- The performance of masculinity among male University students: A case study of Wits University's All Male Residence
PARALLEL SESSION B, ROOM 2: MIGRATION, LABOUR AND VIOLENCE // 10:30
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Khanyile Mlotshwa: Citizens, migrants and xenophobia in postapartheid South Africa

Marcelo Junyet: Political violence in the Andes of Peru

Mzukisi Xweso: Lived experiences and the challenges encountered by day labourers in East London

Kudakwashe P Vanyoro: Migrant domestic worker activism in South Africa: The antimonies of ‘localisation’ and 'transnationalisation' of rights
PARALLEL SESSION B, ROOM 3: EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY // 10:30
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Kershan Pancham: Enabling educations: Critical intimacy and an ethics of relationality in writing a Masters degree in Diversity Studies

Dennis Zami Atibuni: The Disabling Influence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Work-Life Imbalance on Postgraduate Research Engagement and Progress

Louis Botha: A preamble to enabling knowledge making through a relational model

Phefumula Nyoni: Disabling neoliberal business practices through kinship in the context of the Forth Industrial Revolution

Naomi Nkealah: Multiple disablings of women in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers: A feminist reading
PARALLEL SESSION B, ROOM 4: COLONIALITY, THE POSTCOLONIAL AND DECOLONIALITY // 10:30
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Brian Sibanda: Languaging, decolonial dialogue and communal resistance

Darlene Miller: Decolonization and Governance at South African Universities – a case study of the Green Leadership Schools

Femi Erosomole: Frantz Fanon, Mad Studies and Decolonisation

Ayelen Hamity: Postcolonial Melancholia: Nothing about us without us

Sameer Dossani: Framing the Anthropocene: Ecological Catastrophe, Capitalist Excess or Ongoing Colonialism?

Josiah Nyanda: Mugabe the Spectral Body
Lunch // 12:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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PARALLEL SESSION C, ROOM 1: VOICE AND THE EMBODIMENT OF LIVED EXPERIENCE: CREATING A SPACE FOR BODILY TRUTHS TO JOIN DISABILITY-RELATED CONVERSATIONS // 13:30
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Joanne Neille: Voice and the embodiment of lived experience: Creating a space for bodily truths to join disability-related conversations

Heidi Lourens: Leaving space for my body – healing through narrating the disabled self

Victor de Andrade: "You’re also relieving some of the burdens that we have:" The transformative value of exploring narratives of caregivers of deaf children

Dhanashree Pillay: The Faces of Healing within the SA Context

Sinethemba Makhanya: Vuma, Vumisa, Vumani: Processing the Voices of Abadala
PARALLEL SESSION C, ROOM 2: FAMILY, CHILDHOOD AND DISABILITY // 13:30
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Anita Ghai: Issues of Prenatal Selection: Where are the boundaries?

Cherilyn Da Silva: You cannot pour from an empty cup!” Professional Quality of Life in South African speech and hearing professionals

Cheryl Akinyi Genga: The bun in the oven: disabling the normative of pregnancy discrimination in the kenyan banking sector

Karen Lazar: The Stricken Word: Finding a narrative for stroke

Keamogetswe Bopalamo: Physical/psychosocial pain created by such dynamics, and the implications of other affective factors, including the discovery of personal strengths

Sharon Ndlovu: Disabling Normativities: Medicalization of the human body, the underlying political and financial motives and the disabling effects
PARALLEL SESSION C, ROOM 3: PARENTING AND MENTAL HEALTH // 13:30
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Brian Sibanda: Languaging, decolonial dialogue and communal resistance SibandaB1@ufs.ac.za

Darlene Miller: Decolonization and Governance at South African Universities – a case study of the Green Leadership Schools darlene.miller@wits.ac.za

Femi Erosomole: Frantz Fanon, Mad Studies and Decolonisation femi.eromosele@gmail.com

Ayelen Hamity: Postcolonial Melancholia: Nothing about us without us ayelenhamity@gmail.com

Sameer Dossani: Framing the Anthropocene: Ecological Catastrophe, Capitalist Excess or Ongoing Colonialism? sameer.dossani@gmail.com
PARALLEL SESSION C, ROOM 4: MEDIA, ART AND REPRESENTATION // 13:30
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Cuthbeth Tagwirei: Cultural nucleation: A Perspective on the norming of society

Victor N. Shaw: The living normativity of contemporaries: From setting, script, performance, and milestone to ritual

Ntombizodwa Zikhali: Disabiling resistance: Neo-resistance against neo-colonialism through digital media, fashion and music

Adakole John Oklobia and Joseph Tyoakula Ande- Globalizing Nigerian Indigenous Dance and Disability: Probing the Aesthetic Question

Olympus G. Ejue- Rethinking disability aesthetics in the dramaturgy of selected Nigeria plays
Public Lecture: Towards alternative epistemologies and pedagogies: conversations with Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos // 17:30
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Sunnyside Park Hotel
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Thursday
03/10
Morning Tea and Conference Check-in // 08:30
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Atrium
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Keynote Lecture // 09:00
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Wits Professional Development Hub, Room G17
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Denaturalizing Nationalisms? Reflections from South Africa & the United States
Chair: Keval Harie (GALA Queer Archive)
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Professor Gillian Hart
PARALLEL SESSION D, ROOM 1: LAW, POLICY AND DISABILITY // 10:15
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CHAIR: Victor Shaw

James Aniyamuzaala: From Non-Discrimination to Accessibility enabling legislations, a case study of European

Lauren Hamilton: Post-Apartheid Racialised Regulation through Consumer Freedom

Sanjay Jain: Analyzing the Legal order from the trope of Abelism: Is Law Enabling?

Anthony Stacey: Efficacy of disability policies and practices in an ableist environment

Fanie du Toit: Protocol for Identifying the Functional Needs and the Reasonable Accommodation of deaf or hearing impaired adult

Debjyoti Ghosh: Disabling Gender: using the disability framework for enabling rights
PARALLEL SESSION D, ROOM 2: PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS AND COMMUNITY // 10:15
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Biplob Sraman: A Buddhist Approach to Ecology

Maserole Masipa: Blackness is a pain on the canvas not a marker

Motlatsi Khosi: Ubuntu as a living philosophy from below

Natalia Hirmas-Montecinos: Sensitising Assemblages: exploring a story to which everything counts

Noria Muchena: Understanding diversity and promoting equity through community based rehabilitation

Pusham Azad Babu: Normative Order, Who’s Normal? Understanding Normativity in Social Order through the Dynamics of Power: A Case of Manipur
PARALLEL SESSION D, ROOM 3: POSTER PRESENTATION // 10:15
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Takatso Sekonyela: Exploring the experiences of young people living with stroke in Johannesburg

Chelsea Long: Hope deferred: Exploring reasons why adults with acquired brain injury discontinue speech and language therapy
PARALLEL SESSION D, ROOM 4: WOMEN CHILDREN AND DISABILITY (SKYPE PANEL) // 10:15
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Dana Ahmad: The Arabian Mission in Kuwait, 1910 - 1967: Effects of Modern Medicine on Women's Healing Practices and Ideals of Womanhood

Madeleine De Welles: Returning to Normalcy: Representations of disability, difference, and sameness in children’s storybooks

Tania Farooq and Shazia Manzoor: Disabled Women don’t belong here: Understanding disability through a Social Constructivist Approach in Kashmir
Lunch // 12:30
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Student Creative Competition - Prize Giving // 13:30
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Tea, Closing Remarks and Group Photo // 15:30
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