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new book chapter out

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Wolbring G. (2018) Prostheses and Other Equipment: The Issue of the Cyborg Athlete—Interrogating the Media Coverage of the Cybathlon 2016 Event. In: Brittain I., Beacom A. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London, p 439-459  link

Output of our STOA (The Science Technology Options Assessment Panel of the European Parliament) project now online

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Assistive technologies for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, education and jobs

Project team:

Linda Nierling (project leader), Maria João Maia, Leonhard Hennen : Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis/ Karlsruhe Institute for Technology  (ITAS/KIT)

Tanja Bratan and Piret Kukk (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research)

Johann Cas, Leo Capari, and Jaro Krieger-Lamina ); Institute of Technology Assessment of ÖAW (ITA);

Emilio Mordini (RT Paris),

Gregor Wolbring, (ITAS and University of Calgary)

Funding: STOA (The Science Technology Options Assessment Panel of the European Parliament)

Start date: 2016

End date: 2017



webpages European Parliament and   Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis ITAS


Four WolbPack members present at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference May 27-29

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Wentao Li Nicole McCarthy Manel Djebrouni and Farwa Nqv of the Wolb Pack were accepted to present at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference which takes place May 27-29. Cool!

new book chapter out Wolbring G. Teaching about ability expectation and its governance: the issue of STEM

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

new chapter out Wolbring G., (December 13) Teaching About Ability expectation and its governance: the issue of STEM: in Education and New Technologies Perils and Promises for Learners Edited by Kieron Sheehy, Andrew Holliman Routledge p.121-140; one source for buying Thanks Kieron and Andrew for the opportunity.

Brain implant improving memory

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Brain implant increasing memory

If repeated by others….  quite a few implications for disabled people and others in sync with some of the stuff we worked/work on.

second place for Farwa :-)

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Farwa won second prize in the CalWHO evet for her poster on HIV/AID health promotion and disabled people . congrats!

Two book chapters out in Spring 2018

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm


Empowerment und Exklusion: Zur Kritik der Mechanismen gesellschaftlicher Ausgrenzung. One piece by Gregor Wolbring; one piece by Gregor Wolbring and Lucy Diep.


Our piece that was published in The Conversation Canada was reprinted in the National Post I see

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Why “ability expectations” must be central to debates on science and our future


Some links related to Brain machine interfaces and Elon Musks Neuralink company

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Elon Musk’s Neuralink company also here on facebook and an article on Neuralink  (really in my mind beside the point whether he raises outside money or not, the vision of Neuralink is the topic)    see also here and  here. We published various pieces on BCI as they relate to disabled people (list of publications in general from us here. ) Cheers Gregor

Transhumanism: The final chapter in humanity’s perpetual quest to be kitted out in comforting accessories

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2017 at 12:48 am

article here

So much left unsaid in the article

Australians can be denied life insurance based on genetic test results, and there is little protection

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm

see here

Our group published various pieces over the years questioning the asymptomatic versus symptomatic divide in Anti-genetic discrimination laws. Latest one as part of a paper discussion gene-editing  Discussions around Precision Genetic Engineering: Role of and Impact on Disabled People  where we cover the Canadian Genetic Anti discrimination law from last year, how the EU deals with some issues and where we also refer back to older things such as the US approach in Wolbring, G (2004) “Disability rights approach to genetic discrimination” in “Society and Genetic” Information: Codes and Laws in the Genetic Era edited by Judit Sandor CPS books Central European University Press ISBN: 963924175X

Iceland close to becoming first country where no Down’s syndrome children are born.

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

link here

Would have been nice if they would have given some numbers what it was before tests.

Also  this line of reasoning ““This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like.”  has vast implications beyond genetic tests and termination of pregnancies  to how we deal with genetic modifications and other modifications of a child or child to be. Which ability expectations will be used to make a case that it impacts ones life too much if no action is taken? And how much will societies behavior lead to the belief that the impact on ones life is to great? How much will an increase of not being responsible for each other as members for society to enable a good life for each other impact the actions to come? For  recent piece on ability expectation governance see here  and a piece on the discourse around disabled people and gene editing from my group see here.



A small piece out in The Conversation, Canada edition

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Why “ability expectations” must be central to debates on science and our future The Conversation, Canada

News item: Human embryo editing breakthrough is a ‘major advance’ towards controversial treatments for babies

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Well we will see whether its a major advance but the wide scope beyond ‘disease’ is evident in this part “Though the scientists only edited out mutations that could cause diseases, it modified the nuclear DNA that sits right at the heart of the cell that also influences personal characteristics such as intelligence, height, facial appearance and eye colour.”

Consequences fit with the Ability studies scope of the WolbPack and our work on genetics and other linked areas. Cheers Gregor

link to the article

Human enhancement as a tool for adaptation to social and environmental problems?

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2017 at 1:41 am

Interesting how this pro enhancement podcasts is introduced. The climate change angle was before put forward Liao, S. M., Sandberg, A., & Roache, R. (2012). Human engineering and climate change. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 15(2), 206–221.

Looked into this line of argument in our EcoHealth piece Wolbring, G., Ecohealth through an ability studies and disability studies lens. In Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health, Gislason, M. K., Ed. Emerald: London, UK, 2013; Vol. 15, pp 91-107.

Of course huge impacts on disabled people but of course the whole discussion on hunan enhancements impacts disabled people Wolbring, G.; Diep, L.(2016) The Discussions around Precision Genetic Engineering: Role of and Impact on Disabled People Laws5(3), 37; doi: 10.3390/laws5030037

link to the webpage and podcast

from the link

“What if humans are genetically unfit to overcome challenges like climate change and the growing inequality that looks set to define our future?

Julian Savulescu, visiting professor at Monash University and Uehiro professor of Practical Ethics at Oxford University, argues that modifying the biological traits of humans should be part of the solution to secure a safe and desirable future.”


Cheers Gregor




Work by myself and my students now available on this blog

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Hi everybody, I decided to put my work and the work of my students the WolbPack also on this blog as I can alert people on updates here and also post other thoughts related to our work.  Please look under Academic Life: Gregor Wolbring and Academic Life of my students: The WolbPack  for all the info about my work and the work of my students.

Cheers Gregor

Greening and Energy Issues: An Analysis of Four Canadian Newspapers

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Wolbring Gregor and Noga Jacqueline (2013) Greening and Energy Issues: An Analysis of Four Canadian Newspapers Journal of Sustainable Development Vol. 6, No. 7; Article 8; DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v6n7p88


Energy equity and environmental security.

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Moss, Jeremy; McMann, Michael; Rae, Jessica; Zipprich, Andrea; Macer, Darryl R.J.; Nyambati, Aori R.; Ngo, Diana; MingMing Cheng; Manohar, N.; Wolbring, Gregor. 2011. Energy equity and environmental security. Bangkok, Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (RUSHSAP), UNESCO Bangkok. v + 84 pp. ISBN 978-92-9223-421-8 (Although the book states 2011 as publishing date it only became officially available Dcember 2012 before that drafts were available online though) http://www.unescobkk.org/rushsap/ethics-and-climate-change/energyethics/eetwg7/

Nanotechnology for Democracy versus Democratization of Nanotech

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Wolbring, Gregor, (2012) : Nanotechnology  for Democracy versus Democratization of Nanotech: An Ableism Analysis, pp. 89-105 in Little by Little: Expansions of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies, Eds Harro van Lente, Christopher Coenen, Torsten Fleischer, Kornelia Konrad, Lotte Krabbenborg, Colin Milburn, and François Thoreau, Dordrecht: AKA-Verlag/IOS Press  full book http://www.iospress.nl/book/little-by-little-expansions-of-nanoscience-and-emerging-technologies/

CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR): What Sorts of People Should There Be?

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2012 at 12:07 am


                                      for the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR)

What Sorts of People Should There Be?

 Guest Editor

Gregor Wolbring, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary 




Throughout history, people with non-normative abilities have been judged. Sometimes this judgment led to positive consequences, however for the most part these non-normative abilities were judged negatively and the carriers of such non-normative abilities experienced disabling treatment.   This very judgment (ableism) and its disabling consequences is one of the main areas of scholarly work within the realm of disability studies. Eugenics, the practice of finding ways to better heritable abilities of humans, is one dynamic that influences the judgment of people’s abilities and the disabling consequences and vice versa.


What sorts of people should there be is a question that has been asked and answered in different ways throughout human history, is still a question asked and answered today and will be with us also for some time in the future. 


Advances in science and technology will allow new judgments and actions linked to the sentiment around the question of what sorts of people there should be. 


In partnership with the SSHRC-CURA-funded project “Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada” (eugenicsarchive.ca), the Editors of IJDCR would like to devote a special issue on this topic. 

We invite potential contributors, regardless of fields of study (discipline), to submit 250-word abstracts that articulate the conceptual arguments and knowledge base to be covered in a critical analysis on various aspects from history to future of “What sorts of people should there be”.


Please submit abstracts to the Guest Editor via e-mail at gwolbrin[at]ucalgary.ca  by 15 July, 2012


From selected abstracts, we will request full articles of 3000-5000 words (excluding figures and tables) of original research and scholarship on a range of topics to be submitted to the editor by 15 October 2012. Note that an invitation to submit an article does not guarantee its publication.


Every submitted article will be subject to blind peer review and recommendations arising.


As to possible areas linked to the theme the below is a sample list of possible topics


  • What sorts of people should be born
  • What sorts of people should live
  • What sorts of people should be citizens
  • What sorts of people should compete
  • What sorts of people….


We invite authors to investigate the history, contemporary use and potential future exhibition of the relationships between the core question “What sorts of people should there be” and such issues as:


  • disabled people and what it means to be ‘disabled’,
  • the community around them
  • practitioners, consumers and researchers linked to the disability discourse
  • community rehabilitation and the rehabilitation field in general
  • inclusive education and the education of disabled people in general
  • the future of education
  • employability of disabled people
  • citizenship of disabled people
  • global citizenship
  • body image of disabled people
  • medical and social health policies and their impact on disabled people
  •  health care for disabled people
  • elderly people, youthism and ageism
  • disabled people in low income countries
  • laws and international conventions related to disabled people such as the UN      Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • the concept of personhood
  • concept of health and health care
  • the measure of disability adjusted life years and other measurements used to guide health care dollar allocation
  • quality of life assessment
  • history
  • future
  • science and technology governance
  • science and technology assessment
  • ethics
  • enhancement

 For more information about the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR) please go to http://www.ijdcr.ca.


International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation


ISSN 1703-3381





Dr Gregor Wolbring

Associate Professor, University of Calgary,

Faculty of Medicine,

Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Specialization Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, 

3330 Hospital Drive NW, T2N4N1, Calgary, Alberta , Canada

Email: gwolbrin[at]ucalgary.ca

Phone 1-403-210-7083

Web: http://www.crds.org/research/faculty/Gregor_Wolbring.shtml