Mobilizing Disability Studies

A Critical Perspective

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Kudzai Matereke Independent researcher, Australia

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Despite how the fields of mobility and disability studies have vastly contributed to our understanding of our lifeworld, the two, however, share asymmetric acknowledgement of each other. Mobility recurs as an aspiration for those with a disability yet disability tends to be ignored or inadequately dealt with in mobility studies. This article seeks to achieve two main objectives: first, to discuss how and what the journal has achieved over the years; and, second, to highlight that the denial of mobility is a negation of what it means to be human. Overall, the article seeks to deploy a critical intervention required for mobility studies to return the gesture to disability studies in equal magnitude. By situating the discussion within the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, this article argues that at the interface of mobility and disability lies a politics of possibility for people with disabilities in their struggles for equal access and full citizenship.

Contributor Notes

Kudzai Matereke holds a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is an independent researcher based in Australia. His research interests lie at the interface of political theory, citizenship, mobility, and disability. Currently he works as a senior planner for a national disability agency. Email:

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