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SDS invites nominations for the 2018 SDS Senior Scholar Award and Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award.

The awards will be announced in early January 2019. Please consider self-nominating or nominating mentors and colleagues who are emerging as scholars or have shaped the field of disability studies. Discover eligibility and how to apply at Irving K. Zola Award and Senior Scholar Award

SAVE-THE-DATES: April 6-9, 2019

SDS Pre-Conference and Strand At the 19th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to join with The Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference for a second year in organizing an SDS Strand!

This time, we are excited to announce that we will host an all-day SDS Pre-Conference on Sunday, April 7, 2019, with multiple concurrent sessions that will offer expanded opportunities for presentations and discussions.

The SDS Strand of Sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019, as part of the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference.]

Keynote, Dinner, & Dance, 7-11 pm, Sunday, April 7th:

The SDS Dance/DISCO Ball is back once again! The event will include a collaborative keynote from Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk; dinner; mingling; and of course, DANCING! Co-sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Graduate Student Association and OSU Disability Studies Program.

Schedule for SDS@OSU:

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: SDS Evening Reception.
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019: All-day SDS Pre-Conference; Evening Keynote, Dinner, and SDS Dance/DISCO Ball.
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019: SDS Strand at the Multiple Perspectives Conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday.

The SDS Pre-Conference and Strand events will be open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. The CFP will be available in mid-October.

2019 Membership Drive

The Society for Disability Studies Membership & Donation Campaign will soon be underway! As you probably know, financial problems caused us to cancel our 2016 conference. In 2018, we partnered with Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference as we will do in 2019.

SDS continues to support our renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly. We host a listserv for discussions and announcements, and we have remade our website in the most accessible format available. We have various benefits of Membership and NEW programming in the works for 2019.

Please consider becoming an SDS Member, renewing your Membership, or making a donation to SDS this year. We would also appreciate your help with promoting our Individual and Organizational Membership opportunities with your networks, schools, and organization directors.

Thank you for participating in and supporting SDS!
Joanne Woiak, President

Announcing the Society for Disability Studies Speaker & Performer Roster

We invite members to become one of the first SDS Speakers & Performers on our new roster.

In efforts to gather together a robust list of people who often (more than once a year) speak or perform on disability or disability studies related topics —and to further creative ways to also support the Society for Disability Studies—we have created the SDS Speakers and Performers Roster (SDS-SPR).

Many other organizations—academic, corporate, public—have similar speaker’s “bureaus” that promote certain speakers for certain topics. Rather than promote certain speakers, we would like to be able to offer a more comprehensive and equitable “roster” that would then also demonstrate the vibrant and robust work that people are doing “on the ground” in our field, Disability Studies. We imagine that organizations and universities who are looking for good disability/disability studies speakers or performers to fit their own programming needs and goals might then be able to make use of the SDS-SPR—and too, that many of us working in these fields might have a further resource that lets us know the new and ongoing work of our colleagues.

Click link for more information about the SDS Speaker & Performer Roster.