Hello everyone, Several people have asked me for a "clean" copy of the SDS call for papers so here it is.  This version is slightly updated so please use it as the authoritative version.  Hope to see you in Chicago. David Mitchell.

_CALL FOR PAPERS
    13TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR
DISABILITY STUDIES

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 orientation?
*       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 world?
*       What relation can disability studies have to administrations or departments such as disability services?
*       How can disability studies be integrated into other fields and teaching?
*       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, etc.

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
PROPOSAL FORM

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 Cover Sheet.)

Name/organizer

Affiliation

Mailing address



Telephone number

Fax number

Email address


Name

Affiliation

Mailing address



Telephone number

Fax number

Email address


Name

Affiliation


Mailing address



Telephone number

Fax number

Email address


Type of presentation (check one):

___ Paper presentation (15 minute presentation)
___ Panel (1.5 hour block for presentation of 34 papers by individual presenters)
___ 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 research presentations.
     2. Explicit statement of the presentation's thesis, findings, or significance.
     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 proposal to:

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
Phone: 3123550550
TTY: 3124130453
fax: 3124132918
Email: [log in to unmask]

*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.