Decoloniality: theories and concepts

Appadurai, A. (2021). The future of post-colonial thought. The Nation. Retrieved from

Mignolo, W., (2017). Coloniality Is Far from Over, and So Must Be Decoloniality. Afterall. 43. 38-45. 10.1086/692552. Retrieved from

Mignolo, W. D., & Walsh, C. E. (2018). On decoloniality: Concepts, analytics, praxis. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Mignolo, W. (2017). Interview – Walter Mignolo/Part 1: Activism and Trajectory. E-International relations. Retrieved from

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, S.J. (2020). The cognitive empire, politics of knowledge and African intellectual productions: reflections on struggles for epistemic freedom and resurgence of decolonisation in the twenty-first century. Third World Quarterly, 42, 882 – 901. Retrieved from

Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Convention on the rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Enable. (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2021, from

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that came into force in 2008. The aim of the convention is to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities, and it covers a vast array of rights including accessibility, recognition before the law and legal capacity, and the rights to family, education, health and work, among others. The negotiations and development of the CRPD were unlike previous treaty-development processes,  as those people protected by the treaty (people with disabilities from around the world) played a crucial role in creating the focus, shape and content of the document. 

Critiques of the CRPD
Meekosha, H., & Soldatic, K. (2011). Human rights and the Global South: The case of disability. Third World Quarterly, 32(8), 1383-1397.

Soldatic, K., & Grech, S. (2014). Transnationalising disability studies: Rights, justice and impairment. Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(2). Retrieved from

Academic journals and articles 

African Journal of Disability 

African Journal of Disability. (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2021, from

The African Journal of Disability is an open access journal committed to the discussion of issues and experiences relating to the interfaces between disability, poverty and practices of exclusion and marginalization in the African context. 

Disability and the Global South 

Disability and the Global South. (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2021, from

Disability and the Global South (DGS) is the first peer reviewed international journal committed to publishing high quality work focused exclusively on all aspects of the disability experience in the global South. It provides an interdisciplinary platform prioritizing material that is critical, challenging, and engaging from a range of epistemological perspectives and disciplines. 

Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies

Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies. (2020, June 10). Retrieved from

The Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies (InJCDS) is an open-source, online, international peer-reviewed journal published twice a year (January and July).

InJCDS focusses on bringing forth original research on disability issues that emerge from examining both the political and the personal aspects of individuals, collectives, and the systemic. InJCDS is interested in arguments against or in favour of the idea that both the universal and the specific are essential. InJCDS is especially keen on research highlighting the unavoidable intersectional dimensions of class, gender, caste, hemisphere (with a focus on south Asia), and technology in relation to disability. We encourage constant questioning of binaries, of categories, of foundational positions of others and ours.

InJCDS is the journal of Critical Disability Studies in India (CDSI) society that was founded in 2012 and has been organising intensive reading sessions in and around universities since then.


Araneda-Urrutia, C., & Infante, M. (2020). Assemblage Theory and Its Potentialities for Dis/ability Research in the Global South. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research22(1), 340–350. Available at

Bannink Mbazzi, F., Nalugya, R., Kawesa, E., Nambejja, H., Nizeyimana, P., Ojok, P., … Seeley, J. (2020). ‘Obuntu Bulamu’ – Development and Testing of an Indigenous Intervention for Disability Inclusion in Uganda. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research22(1), 403–416. Available at

Chhabra, G. (2020). Insider, Outsider or an In-Betweener? Epistemological Reflections of a Legally Blind Researcher on Conducting Cross-National Disability Research. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research22(1), 307–317. Available at

Dang, T. L. (2019). Empowerment Through Participation in Vietnam: A Personal Experience of Taking Back the Pride of Disability. Canadian Journal on Children’s Rights. 6(1), pp. 213-226. Available at

Dirth, T. P., & Adams, G. A. (2019). Decolonial Theory and Disability Studies: On the Modernity/Coloniality of Ability. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 7(1), 260-289. Available at

Grech, S. (2015). Decolonising Eurocentric disability studies: Why colonialism matters in the disability and global South debate. Social Identities, 21(1), 6-21. Available at

Grischow, J., Naami, A., Mprah, W., & Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M. (2021). Methodologically Thinking: Doing Disability Research in Ghanaian Cultural Communities. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research23(1), 169–179. Available at

Jaffee, L. & Kelsey J. (2018). Disabling Bodies of/and Land: Reframing Disability Justice in Conversation with Indigenous Theory and Activism. Disability and the Global South, 5(2), 1407-1429. Available at Katsui, H., & Swartz, L. (2021). Research Methods and Practices of Doing Disability Studies in the Global South. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 23(1), 204-206. Available at

Katsui, H., & Swartz, L. (2021). Research Methods and Practices of Doing Disability Studies in the Global South. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 23(1), 204-206. Available at

Meekosha, H. (2011). Decolonising disability: Thinking and acting globally. Disability & Society, 26(6), 667-682. Available at

Nguyen, X. T., & Stienstra, D. (2021). Engaging girls and women with disabilities in the global South: Beyond cultural and geopolitical generalizations. Disability and the Global South, 8(2), 2035-2052. Available at

Nguyen, X. T., Gonick, M., & Bui, T. (2021). Engaging girls with disabilities through cellphilming: Reflections on participatory visual research as a means of countering violence in the Global South. Global Studies of Childhood. Available at

Nguyen, X. T., Dang, T. L., & Mitchell, C. (2021). How can girls with disabilities become activists in their own lives? Creating opportunities for policy dialogue through ‘knowledge mobilization spaces’. Agenda, 1-13. Available at

Nguyen, X. T., Stienstra, D., Gonick, M., Do, H., & Huynh, N. (2019). Unsettling research versus activism: how might critical disability studies disrupt traditional research boundaries? Disability & Society, 34(7-8), 1042-1061.

Soldatic, K., Sullivan, C., Briskman, L., Leha, J., Trewlynn, W., & Spurway, K. (2021). Social inclusion and exclusion for First Nations LGBTIQ+ people in Australia. Available at

Soldatic, K. (2020). Disability’s circularity: Presence, absence and erasure in australian settler colonial biopolitical population regimes. Available at

Nguyen, X.T. (2015). The Journey to Inclusion. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Non Peer-Reviewed Articles

Against accessibility? It’s time to decolonise ableism. (2021, April 21). Retrieved August 26, 2021, from

Edited Books

Addlakha, R. (Ed.). (2013). Disability Studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities (1st ed.). Routledge India. Available at

Grech, S., & Soldatic, K. (Eds.). (2016). Disability in the global South: The critical handbook. Cham: Springer.

Grech, S., & Soldatic, K. (Eds.). (2015). Disability and colonialism:(dis) encounters and anxious intersectionalities. London and New York: Routledge.

Soldatic, K., & Samararatne, D. (2020). Women with disabilities as agents of peace, change and rights: Experiences from Sri Lanka. Available at

Book Chapters

Cutajar, J., & Adjoe, C. (2016). Whose knowledge, whose voice? power, agency and resistance in disability studies for the global south. In S. Grech & K. Soldatic (Eds.), Disability in the global south: the critical handbook (pp. 503-516). U.S: Springer.

Goodley, D., & Swartz, L. (2016). The Place of Disability. In S. Grech & K. Soldatic (Eds.), Disability in the global South (pp. 69-83). Switzerland Springer

Lafuente, E. M., & Sherry, M. (2021). Disability in Bolivia: A Feminist Global South Perspective. In C. Figueroa & D. I. Hernández-Saca (Eds.), Disability in the Americas: The Intersections of Education, Power, and Identity (pp. 135-166). Switzerland: Palgravemacmillan 


Anti-Colonial Disability Arts and Activism

“Qwo-Li Driskill in conversation on Poetry, Queerness, and Indigenous sovereignties. Both Indigenous and Disability Justice movements are calling for a radical refiguring of power and our relationships with each other on Indigenous land, but too often discussions of disability justice and Indigenous anti-colonial and decolonial resistance are spoken of as separate movements. This talk will weave between performance, poetry, and scholarship to call on decolonial and disability movements to imagine and center an anti-colonial disability justice model into our work as artists and activists.”

Bolivia’s caravan of courage leaves a bittersweet legacy for disabled protesters 

“When disabled protesters traversed the Andes to lobby for improved benefits, they were met with a police blockade. The Fight, a Guardian documentary, chronicles a battle that led to brutal violence but also sowed the seeds of change.”

Disability Activists in action

Here I Am: Turkson, from Zimbabwe, talks about being a disability and AIDS activist

Studio for Sustainability and Social Action: Kevin Quiles Bonilla Interview

Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism (TDKRA). (2019). Our Journey. Available at

Working with girls and women with disabilities in the Global South: Some epistemological and methodological reflections: Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen (2022) – organized by the Vietnamese Humanities and Social Sciences Association (VHSSA) 

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Disability Saves the World with Dr. Fady Shanouda: Interview with Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Shanouda, F. (Host). (2021, September 20). Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen (No. 18) [Audio podcast episode]. In Disability Saves the World with Dr. Fady Shanouda.