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Publications

Academic Freedom and the Transnational Production of Knowledge

Professor Dina Kiwan, principal investigator of the Disability under Siege Network + project, University of Birmingham, has recently published a book on Academic Freedom which examines the understudied relationship between academic freedom and its role in knowledge production across four country contexts - Lebanon, the UAE, the UK and the US - through the lived experiences of academics conducting 'controversial' research.

Language & Intercultural Communication

Our Co-investigator, Nazmi Al-Masri has published several articles in the Language and Intercultural Communication Journal. Nazmi has worked with colleagues at the Islamic University of Gaza and University of Glasgow to produce articles on the following; 1. Socio-cultural semiotic analysis of Palestinian films on gender-based violence 2. Capacity-building training to develop short story writing skills, social values, and gender fairness at the IUG, Palestine: a case study 3. Welcoming Languages: teaching a ‘refugee language’ to school staff to enact the principle of integration as a two-way process

Accessible and Inclusive Higher Education for Palestinian Students with Disability: Policies and Practices Review

One of Disability under Siege’s co-investigator’s, Professor Nazmi Al Masri, together with colleagues Alaa Aladini and Nesma Alghoula, Islamic University of Gaza, has published an incredible 5 papers recently. After 2 weeks of communications blackout in Gaza, he has shared them to further our aim of accessible and inclusive education for all.

Development of online teaching expertise in fragile and conflict-affected contexts

What we know about the development of online teaching expertise during the COVID-19 pandemic is scarce. Current research has concentrated primarily on the obstacles encountered by university teachers, leaving a significant gap in our understanding of the strategies they employ not only to survive but to flourish in online teaching.

“Vulnerable” or Systematically Excluded? The Impact of Covid-19 on Disabled People in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected disabled people across the globe. This review article maps the impact of the pandemic on disabled people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS) during the first ten months of the pandemic, based on a semi-systematic review of 113 articles of empirical and “grey” literature.

Dis/abled decolonial human and citizen futures

Our Principal Investigator, Professor Dina Kiwan has recently published an article in the journal, Citizenship Studies. The article utilises the dual methodological lens of disability and decolonisation in order to critically examine, in interdisciplinary and global perspective, what it will mean to be both a ‘human’ and a ‘citizen’ in the 21st century.

The Limitations of Deinstitutionalization: The Case of the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank

Professor Rita Giacaman, co-investigator on the De-Institutionalisation under Siege project has published an essay examining the concept and limitations of deinstitutionalization as a principle and practice derived from Western paradigms, and how it has been problematically implemented in non-Western settings, ­including the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It begins by reviewing the international literature on deinstitutionalization of people with mental health illnesses/disabilities.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), annual report

Professor Dina Kiwan has been appointed to sit on The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC is an independent, non-statutory, non-time limited, non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues. The sponsoring department is the Home Office and has a UK wide remit and works across government, providing transparent, independent and evidence-based advice.

Research Papers

Literature and Practice Reviews

Arts and Disability in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Jordan: A Literature and Practice Review

Authors: Anthony Downey, Ruth Gilligan, Rhea Dagher, Yasmin Foqahaa, Mostafa Attia, and Bobby Beaumont

Arts and Disability in Occupied Palestinian Territories: A Literature and Practice Review – Summary

Authors: Anthony Downey, Ruth Gilligan, Rhea Dagher, Yasmin Foqahaa, Mostafa Attia, and Bobby Beaumont

Arts and Disability in Jordan: A Literature and Practice Review – Summary


Authors: Anthony Downey, Ruth Gilligan, Rhea Dagher, Yasmin Foqahaa, Mostafa Attia, and Bobby Beaumont

Arts and Disability in Lebanon: A Literature and Practice Review – Summary


Authors: Anthony Downey, Ruth Gilligan, Rhea Dagher, Yasmin Foqahaa, Mostafa Attia, and Bobby Beaumont

Covid-19 research reports

De-institutionalisation under Siege

Workshop and events materials

Introduction to the Disability under Siege Network by Professor Dina Kiwan

Decolonising knowledge on disability in contexts of conflict and crisis lecture, Professor Dina Kiwan

Challenges to inclusive education lecture by Dr Nazmi Al-Masri, Islamic University of Gaza

Intersecting crises in besieged Gaza lecture by Dr Nazmi Al-Masri, Islamic University of Gaza

Life Cycle and the story of inclusive design, Centre for Lebanese Studies

All means All! How to support inclusive education and learning during times of crisis, CLS

Innovative methods for researching disability workshop. Keynote speaker Ola Abu Alghaib (UNPRPD)

Innovative methods workshop 1B: Working with people with disabilities as co-researchers

Innovative methods workshop 2B: Conducting research with children with disabilities

The impact of Covid-19 on persons with disabilities in Lebanon, Palestine & Jordan

Innovative methods workshop 1A: Partnering with Disabled People’s Organisations

Innovative methods workshop 2A: Researching disability in a pandemic and other crises

Analytical framework for a disability-inclusive from Covid-19, by Vera Kubenz

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