Editors Annabella Massey (DPhil Oriental Studies) and Margarita Vaysman (DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages) have selected three research projects from students past and present to be featured in the Journal. Their selections help raise the profile of issues relating to disability in academic discourse and contribute to the increased inclusion of, and provision for, students with disabilities in the Wadham community and in the wider university.
Helen Hillman (History, 2011) explores the history of British eugenics and the effect this has had on present-day attitudes towards people with mental disabilities. Lindsay Lee (Applied Statistics, 2014) offers a critique of the problematic disability-adjusted life year (DALY) metric in public health policy. Finally, using newly digitised census data, Benjamin Szreter (History, 2012) writes about the impact of the industrial revolution on people with visual and hearing impairments in Victorian England and Wales between 1851 and 1901. All three papers have undergone a rigorous peer review process by Wadham's Research Associates, Dr John Miles and Dr Tyler Shendruk.
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“The journal showcases research that has been carried out in parallel with a surge of activist and academic work regarding disability at Wadham,” comment the editors. Recent examples include Wadham’s leading role in the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship organised in collaboration with the Law Faculty over the past two years, as well as workshops and symposia to raise awareness of how disability features in academic research and life.
This Journal is made possible by the generosity and kindness of The Wadham Society, made up of all Wadham alumni.