This panel will aim to engage with the varied understandings and experiences of disability in a South Asian context. It will attempt to foster a holistic approach to the study of disability that better represents and reflects the complexity of the lives of people with disabilities in South Asia.
Exclusion of disabled people and their concerns from mainstream society, policies and academic engagement has been a dominant feature in South Asia. In such a scenario, global discourses on disability have anchored themselves in the Northern context, with little acknowledgement of the lived realities -- historical, socio-cultural and economic -- of people with disabilities in South Asia. This panel provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers working with this significant minority in South Asia. Discussions will focus on the different cultural interpretations of disability, the economics of disability, and the participation of people with disabilities in education and development.