Irreducible Subjects: Disability and Genomics in the Past, Present, and Future Symposium

Irreducible Subjects: Disability and Genomics in the Past, Present, and Future Symposium

David Rice
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  • Event Date: 
    Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 10:00am to Friday, October 7, 2022 - 4:30pm
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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the University at Buffalo Center for Disability Studies will hold a two-day symposium entitled, “Irreducible Subjects: Disability and Genomics in the Past, Present and Future."

The symposium will address historical and present-day constructions of disability and ableism, with a focus on the history and lived experiences of people with disabilities in the context of genetics and genomics.

This event aims to develop a fuller account of the lives and experiences of people with disabilities. Conversations will link disability rights to wider NIH discussions and around inclusivity, intersectionality, equity and social justice.

Participants will discuss how disability and ability are connected to both historical and present-day eugenics, scientific and structural racism, heteronormativity, misogyny, imperialism and colonialism. Speakers will consider how scientific program funding language — and NIH communications — can better address the complexity of disability, health and wellness.

Visit the event web page for full agenda and speaker information.

This event will be presented with real-time captioning. American Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Britny Kish at or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.

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