Learning from Postcolonial, Decolonial and Indigenous Studies: A Scoping Review

Project Description

Against the backdrop of the increasing reception of Postcolonial, Decolonial, and Indigenous Studies in Disability Studies, this project takes stock. A clearly defined database search strategy is used to identify publications that combine specific keywords. Out of 389 hits, 100 titles, 61 abstracts, and ultimately 21 full texts turned out to be relevant.

Of these 21 publications, the following information was collated in tabular form: title, authors, year of publication, disciplinary location, geographic focus, main concepts/authors referenced, topic, study design, sample, and variables reported.

A second analysis critically appraises the chosen methods and conclusions drawn in the selected publications using a self-developed checklist that includes common aspects of peer review such as research question or problem, overall argumentation, theoretical location, and outlook.

A third analysis situates the publications on the model of different social dimensions of disability developed by Jörg Michael Kastl (2017) - that is, whether social productions of, constructions of, or reactions to disability are addressed.

Methodological Approach

Using a so-called scoping review, we examined which central themes, concepts, and theories are received in Disability Studies from Postcolonial, Decolonial, and Indigenous theory. Scoping Reviews are to be understood as a reduced version of a Systematic Review, which deal with literature empirically. Reporting is done according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) scheme.


Data Items

Critical Appraisal



Wechuli, Yvonne/Hirschberg, Marianne (2023): “Learning from Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Theory and Indigenous Studies in Disability Studies: A scoping review”. Chapter 6, In: Chataika, Tsitsi/Goodley, Dan (Ed.) (2023): The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Disability Studies, Oxon: Taylor & Francis (forthcoming)

Wechuli, Yvonne/Hirschberg, Marianne (2023): Von Postkolonialen, Dekolonialen und Indigenen Studien lernen: Ein Scoping Review“, In: Hoffmann, Mirjam/Hoffmann, Thomas/ Pfahl, Lisa et al. (2023): Raum. Macht. Inklusion. Inklusive Räume erforschen und entwickeln, Bad Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt, S. 90-96


Prof. Dr. Marianne Hirschberg

Research Assistant

Yvonne Wechuli (until 05/22)