Ana Bê Pereira

Lecturer in Disability Studies



  • PhD, Lancaster University (Health Studies/Disability Studies/Gender Studies).
  • MPhil (Sociology/Post-colonial Studies), Faculty of Economics/Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Dissertation Title: Voyage to the Inside of the Shadow: Disability, Chronic Illness and Invisibility in an Ableist Society.
  • Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, English and German, (Equivalent to an Honours Degree), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra.


Journal Articles

Bê, A. (2016), Disablism in the lives of people living with a chronic illness in England and Portugal. Disability & Society. Volume 31, Issue 4. Pp. 465-480.

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2006), “O Corpo(-)Sentido: Reflexões sobre Deficiência e Doença Crónica”. Revista Cabo dos Trabalhos, N.º 2. Revista Electrónica do Centro de Estudos Sociais disponível em [“Embodiment and the Body Felt: Reflections on Disability and Chronic Illness”]

Book Chapters

Bê, Ana (2014), “Feminist Disability Studies” in Colin Cameron (Ed.), Disability Studies: a Student’s Guide. London: Sage.

Bê, Ana (2012), “Feminism and Disability: A Cartography of Multiplicity” in Nick Watson, Alan Roulstone, Carol Thomas (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. London: Routledge. – A draft version is available here..


.::Invited Lectures

2013 – joint paper with Carol Thomas, Gender, Disability and Sexuality, 25th of April, 2013. Talk integrated in the Seminar entitled Ageing and disability: writing in’ gender and sexuality”, part of the ESRC Seminar Series, “Opportunities, challenges & tensions: linking the ageing and disability rights agendas”, Division of Health Research, Lancaster University.

Bê, Ana (2012), Engaging with Ableism: Unravelling the Codes that Frame Normate Notions of Dis/Ability and Intersecting them with Other Sites of Dominance. 8th of June, 2012, Seminar Series, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England.

.::Research Papers and Posters Presented at Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums

Bê, Ana (2014), Constructing the Human – Chronic illness and Normalcy. 5th Annual International Conference Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane. University of Sheffield 7th and 8th July 2014. Oral presentation.

Bê, Ana (2013), Contextual Constellations: Addressing Wellness in the Lives of People Living with a Chronic Illness in England and Portugal. New Thinking on Living with Dying Project, Chronic Illness and Well-Being Research Workshop, 10th June 2013, University of Liverpool, England. Oral presentation.

Bê, Ana (2012), The Role of Ableism and Disablism in People’s Experiences of Chronic illness. Disability Studies Conference, 11-13 September 2012, Lancaster University, England. Oral presentation. Abstract published in book of abstracts.

Bê. Ana (2011), Some Epistemological Contributions from Feminist Disability Studies, Women’s Worlds 2011, 3-7 July 2011, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada.

Paper presented at a symposium I co-organized for the conference along with Lennita Ruggi, Rose Barboza and Léa Tosold. The symposium’s title was “Exploring Feminist Epistemologies Through Lived Bodily Experience” – Women’s Worlds 2011, 3-7 July 2011, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada.

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2010), (De)-Constructing the Ideal Neoliberal Subject – Thoughts from a Framework of Feminist Disability Studies. Disability Studies Conference, 7-9 September 2010, Lancaster University, England. – Oral presentation

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2010), Our Knowledges; Our Lives: The Importance of Reclaiming Disabled People’s Subjugated Knowledges. Critical Disability Studies Conference, 12-13 May, MMU, Manchester, England. – Oral presentation

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2010), Reaching Out to the Margins: Debates around Feminism and Disability. Women’s Liberation Movement @ 40 Conference – Continuities and Change, 12-13 March, Ruskin College, Oxford, England. – Oral presentation

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2009),  Shifting Perspectives,Heightening Awareness: Weaving Dialogues Between Postcolonial Theory and Disability Studies. Literary, Cultural, and Disability Studies: A Tripartite Approach to Postcolonialism, (1st of June 2009), Lancaster University, Lancaster – Oral presentation

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2009), Invisible Under the Clinical Gaze: Chronically Ill Women’s Encounters with Biomedicine. 7th European Feminist Research Conference (4-7 June 2009, Utrecht, Holland) – Oral presentation

Be [Pereira], Ana (2009), The Willfulness of Non-Normativity: The Hybrid and Fluid Experience of The Chronically Ill Body. The Perfect Body: Between Normativity and Consumerism (organized by the European Science Foundation), (9-13 October, Linkoping, Sweden).  – Poster presentation

Bê [Pereira], Ana (2008), Voyage to the Inside of the Shadow: Women, Disability, Chronic Illness and Invisibility in an Ableist Society, 2008 Disability Studies Conference, 2-4 September 2008, University of Lancaster, England. – Oral presentation

Detailed CV available on request. Please email ana [at]