The interdisciplinary project Disability before disability (DbD) (2017-2020) brings together researchers representing various fields of the social sciences and humanities into a dialogue about the embodied experience of disabled people existing in Iceland from the settlement in 9th century to the first disability legislation in 1936 which encompasses 30 generations of the Icelandic nation. The disciplines involved are; history, archaeology, medieval Icelandic literature, folklore and ethnography, museum studies, anthropology, informational science and disability studies. The project sets out to open up new and understudied perspectives and unheard voices from the past by investigating ‘disability’ (as a concept and embodied experience) in variety of sources from the medieval Icelandic prose literature through history to the personal narratives in the 20st century, artefacts and archaeological evidences. The aim is to shed light on the hidden history of disabled people during this time period as evident through colorful collection of sources available to the project. The project is funded by the Icelandic Research Fund, Grant of excellence nr. 173655-051.
The Principal Investigator and Co-Ordinator project is Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir.
For more information please view DbD website http://dbd.hi.is/disability-before-disability/