Humanity as a Contested Concept: Relations between Disability and ‘Being Human’

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2803

Editorial | Open Access

Humanity as a Contested Concept: Relations between Disability and ‘Being Human’


  • Paul van Trigt Institute for History, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Jacqueline Kool Disability Studies in the Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • Alice Schippers Disability Studies in the Netherlands, The Netherlands, and Department of Medical Humanities, VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands


Full Text   PDF (free download)
Views: 2786 | Downloads: 1944


Abstract:  This editorial presents the theme and approach of the themed issue “Humanity as a Contested Concept: Relations between Disability and ‘Being Human’”. The way in which the concept of humanity is or must be related to disability is critically investigated from different disciplinary perspectives in the themed issue, which is, moreover, situated in the field of disability studies and related to discussions about posthumanism. The argument is made that humanity is a concept that needs to be constantly reflected upon from a disability studies perspective. Finally, the contributions of the themed issue are briefly outlined.

Keywords:  ableism; disability; humanity; posthumanism

Published:   10 November 2016


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v4i4.754


© Paul van Trigt, Jacqueline Kool, Alice Schippers. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.