Arthur Lewis Lectures

Our series of prestigious annual Arthur Lewis Lectures started in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the economist Arthur Lewis, who became Britain's first black professor when he was appointed to a Chair at Manchester in 1948.

2022 Arthur Lewis Lecture

Disability rights: a global phenomenon?

The School of Social Sciences was delighted to welcome Professor Tom Shakespeare CBE, to present the Annual Arthur Lewis lecture in Manchester on Tuesday, 3 May 2022. Tom is Professor of Disability Research at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, having previously worked at the Medical School at UEA and for the World Health Organisation.

In this talk, Tom offered an overview of the disability movement, in Britain, America and across the world, and talked about his experience of disability and development research. 

The lecture focussed on the following questions: “Is the idea of disability rights something which activists in the Global North have imposed on the Global South or is this a genuinely global movement, free of cultural imperialism?”

The talk was chaired by Professor Brian Heaphy and was followed by a question and answer session.

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