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
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.
13TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR
Conference Theme: "Activism and the Academy"
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Howard University
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:
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.
- * 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 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 Cover Sheet.)
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
___ Presentation (poetry reading, dance, video/film, etc.)
Abstract (250500 words) containing the following
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
4. Statement* describing how the
presentation/performance will made accessible to all individuals with
Please attach the Abstract to this Cover Sheet when mailing your
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
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