Online lecture: Disclosure dances in doctoral education

Student in een rolstoel in de bibliotheek ©

On January 26, the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) in cooperation with the NOG PhD Council and Accessible Academia are organising an online lecture by Dr Nicole Brown on Ableism in Academia.

Ableism in academia

Where did all the disabled academics go? From statistics we know that disclosure of (dis)ability rates amongst academic staff and postgraduate research students are much lower than in the general population or amongst undergraduate students. However, there is no evidence that invisible disabilities are less prevalent in higher education. In this presentation, dr. Nicole Brown draws on her extensive research into the lived experience of ableism in academia to explore disclosure.

Lecture overview

In her lecture, Brown commences with a brief introduction to the Embodied Inquiry employing creative research methods for data collection. She then discusses how individuals are struggling to reconcile working and studying in what appears to be an inclusive academia with the realities of negotiating structural barriers, attitudinal challenges and managing symptoms of their conditions. Brown concludes with some suggestions on what we can do as individuals to improve practices within academia and thereby support those with disabilities, chronic illnesses and/or neurodivergences.

After Brown’s lecture, writer and literary theorist Dr Piet Devos will give a first response to the lecture. Afterwards, there will be room for questions and discussion from the audience.

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Everyone is welcome to this lecture. We especially welcome students, PhDs, teaching & support staff and student deans. Please let us know your accessibility needs: a speech-to-text interpreter can be arranged.

Please register before 21 January by sending an email to

More information
Read more about the event on the NOG website