PhD Workshop

PhD Workshop

NNDR PhD Workshop on Ethics in disability research

Nordic Network on Disability Research organises a pre-conference workshop for PhD students in conjunction with the NNDR2023 conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Workshop theme is ethics in disability research. This will be discussed over two days both by senior researchers and PhD students. Ethics is approached as principles, commitments, reflection, and practice that goes beyond procedural ethics. Participants are invited to approach ethics from perspectives relevant for their current stage of research: we welcome papers addressing influences drawn from different academic discussions as well as papers focusing on ethically sensitive moments and ethical practice at different stages of the research process.

First session of the workshop consists of short keynotes followed by a discussion on ethically sensitive moments in research. Keynote speakers: senior lecturer/associate professor Kristina Engwall, Uppsala University, and senior research fellow Reetta Mietola, University of Helsinki.

Workshop calls for papers from PhD students currently working on questions related to research ethics. These will be discussed in small groups consisting of peers and senior researchers. Since there is room for a limited number of paper presentations, we warmly welcome PhD students also to participate in the discussions without their own paper.

The workshop takes place in Reykjavik, at the University of Iceland, on May 9-10. The workshop is free of charge. Only registrations from PhD students are considered.

In order to register for the pre-conference, please send email to pekka.koskinen(at), including following information:



e-mail address

With or without paper

– if with paper, paper title

Any specific requirements for accessibility or accommodations’

Registration deadline is 14th of April. For those participating with a paper, full papers (max 8000 words) need to be submitted by 24th of April.”

Program outline

Tuesday May 9

15.00 Welcome and practicalities

15.15 Keynotes


15.15 Keynote 1: Kristina Engwall, Uppsala University
Ethical reflections on historical and contemporary disability research with a focus on intellectual disabilities 


15.45 Keynote 2: Reetta Mietola, University of Helsinki
Whose side are we on? Emancipatory commitments in disability studies meet ethics of ethnographic writing


16.15 Discussion

17.00 Paper presentations 1

18.30 Closing the first day


Wednesday May 10th 

9.00 Paper presentations 2

10.30 Break

10.45 Paper presentations 3

12.15-12.30 Closing of the workshop

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