_CALL FOR PAPERS
13TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR
Conference Theme: "Activism and the Academy"
Program Organizer: &nbs
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Howard University
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) will hold its 13th annual meeting
at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois, on June 29
through July 2, 2000. SDS is a nonprofit educational organization
established to promote research on the ways that disciplines, policies, and
cultural representations structure ideas about disability. This
announcement solicits abstracts for individual paper presentations, panels,
workshops, roundtables, or performances on a wide range of topics and
approaches to work in disability studies. Proposers are particularly
encouraged to submit complete panels or roundtable sessions that have been
solicited outside of this process.
This year's conference theme, "Activism and the Academy," seeks to expand
and engage current disability studies models, practices, theories, and
methodologies in all academic fields. We ask proposers to consider in the
very broadest sense how disability studies might function as a form of
activism in the larger world and in the academy. We encourage proposers to
frame their research and scholarship so that it questions, clarifies,
challenges, or complicates the relation between work in disability studies
and the lives of disabled people.
Here are some questions that might inform the proposals:
* What are the politics of disability research methodologies?
* Can or should teaching and research be activist in their
* What influence does activism have upon academic inquiry?
* How can grassroots organizing invigorate disability studies?
* What is the appropriate place of activism in research and teaching?
* How can we assess the effects of disability studies in the larger
* What relation can disability studies have to administrations or
departments such as disability services?
* How can disability studies be integrated into other fields and
* Can studying the cultural, historical, or aesthetic representation
of disability be activism?
* How does disability studies figure in political activism?
* What kinds of affiliations can or should be forged with other
organizations that focus on policy, education, or other forms of activism?
The theme is intended to provide only one basis of criteria for submissions.
Because one of the organization's primary objectives is to promote
interdisciplinary scholarship, we are particularly interested in other
proposals that address an array of crossdisability issues such as:
disability policy and politics, disability rights movements, images of
people with disabilities in media, disability culture(s), the relationship
of disability to other ethnic/minority identities, health and medical
industry reform, participatory political action models, cultural responses
to disability, artistic representations of disability, social and individual
implications of disability technologies, theories of bodily and cognitive
norms/deviancy, disability and ethics, disability and the global economy,
The submission deadline is December 10, 1999. To have your proposal
considered, please print out this form and send it as indicated at the
bottom of the form.
13TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR DISABILITY STUDIES
Title of presentation, panel, or performance:
Name(s), affiliation, and contact information (telephone number, mailing
address, email address) for each presenter/performer. (Put information for
any additional presenters/performers on blank sheet and attach it to this
Type of presentation (check one):
___ Paper presentation (15 minute presentation)
___ Panel (1.5 hour block for presentation of 34 papers by individual
___ Roundtable (1 hour discussion format with seating available for 35 small
groups per session)
___ Workshop (1 hour handson application of a specific program or exercise)
___ Presentation (poetry reading, dance, video/film, etc.)
Abstract (250500 words) containing the following information:
1. Title and author(s)/performer(s) of the presentation/performance or
2. Explicit statement of the presentation's thesis, findings, or
3. Description of content and structure of performance.
4. Statement* describing how the presentation/performance will made
accessible to all individuals with disabilities.
Please attach the Abstract to this Cover Sheet when mailing your proposal.
PROPOSAL MUST BE POSTMARKED DECEMBER 10, 1999.
Please (1) email a copy of your proposal, AND (2) mail a hard copy of your
Carol J. Gill, Ph.D., Executive Officer, SDS
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago (M/C 626)
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Rm. 236
Chicago, IL 606086904
*SDS meetings are intended to be accessible for all participating members.
Each proposal must include a statement as to the means by which the
presentation(s) will be made available (ie. hard copies of all papers
available for distribution in large print [17 point font or larger] and
regular print, audio or video information must be presented in both oral and
visual formats, etc.). Sign language interpretation will be provided by SDS.