Arts & Design, Open Source & DIY Perspectives on Dis/ability (07 July 2022, 6-7 pm CEST | 12-1 pm EST | 7-8 TRT)

Session as part of the ongoing series “Disability and the Digital. Conversations Across Sociology, Cultural Studies and Disability Studies”.

Flyer for the event. Whit background with orange and blue geometrical forms.  

When: July, 07, 2022, 6-7 pm CEST | 12-1 pm EST | 7-8 TRT  

Please register here for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the meeting.

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  Icon International Sign Language with two blue hands  Interpretation in International Sign Language will be provided.  

Thematic focus: In this panel we focus on the implications of DIY, Open Source and Design aspects as a way of self empowerment for people with disabilities – especially in West Asia. Considering ambivalent sides of self-empowerment and precarious aspects, like digital divide, digital literacy, etc. we shed light on which, e.g. socio-cultural, linguistic, geo-political dimensions have to be taken into account when providing and circulating technoscientific knowledge and designing DIY worldwide. The aim is to not only highlight DIY as a valuable alternative to standardized assistive technologies but also possible conflicting aspects of DIY for people with disabilities in West Asia and thus make a transcultural contribution to Disability Studies and Crip Technoscience.  

Moderator/s:  Melike Şahinol, Robert Stock  


Eser Epözdemir (Visual Artist, Cultural producer, Accessibility in Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Azam Naghavi & Ali Abbasi (working title: Assistive Technology and DIY in Iran)

Zeynep Karagöz (Pro-Maker)

Background event series “Disability and the Digital. Conversations Across Sociology, Cultural Studies and Disability Studies”

This series brings together perspectives from North America, Europe, and the Middle East and will convene conversations on embodiment, bodily belongings, disability, and the digital at the intersection of sociology, cultural studies, disability studies and activism. The point of departure is to strengthen the international dialogue along the most recent developments. The aim is to generate conversations and impulses for a sustainable international community that explores the role of digital technologies in the heterogenization of society.



– Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Hanna Göbel, HafenCity Universität, Hamburg

– Dr. Mona Sloane, New York University (NYU) / University of Tübingen

– Dr. Mara Mills, New York University (NYU)

– Prof. Dr. Robert Stock, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

– Dr. Melike Şahinol, Orient-Institut Istanbul, Turkey


Partners / Supporters 

– Digital Media and Dis/Abilities (Research Network, Funded by DFG)

– Center for Disability Studies, New York University (NYU)

– Waterfront e.V., HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)

– NYU Institute for Public Knowledge

– NYU Tandon School of Engineering

– 370 Jay Project


Event Overview

The conversations will be held virtually and in English and will bring together experts in the fields of dis/ability studies, STS, sociology, and adjacent fields, from around the globe with a specific focus on developing a dialogue with West Asia. Currently planned are up to 6 events per academic year in the academic years 2022-2023 (one session per month, e.g. first Thursday of the month), held for 60 minutes over lunch EST (12-1pm EST) / night TRT (7-8 pm) via Zoom and adhering to accessibility standards, with 2 moderators and 2-3 guests. The events will be moderated by the organizing team. Panelists are asked to prepare an opening statement of max. 7 minutes to kick-off the panel discussion.The audience can ask questions via the chat function.