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SDS is busy! Award and Conference Submissions all due November 15th
SDS Awards Call for Applications Due 11/15/2019
Irving K. Zola 2019 Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2019 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. The award is given for a scholarly paper in disability studies suitable for publication that is written by an emerging scholar or scholars. Founded originally by the late Professor Zola’s colleagues at Brandeis University, this annual award recognizes excellence in research and writing that shares the values and commitment to disability studies exemplified by Irving K. Zola’s life and scholarship.
Call for Nominations - 2019 SDS Senior Scholar Award
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) invites nominations for the 2019 SDS Senior Scholar Award. Please consider nominating mentors and colleagues who have shaped the field of disability studies. Past awardees include Joan Ablon (2018), Nirmala Erevelles (2017), Katherine Ott (2016), David Gerber (2015), Devva Kasnitz (2014), Richard K. Scotch (2013), Carol Gill (2012), Tobin Siebers (2011), Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (2010), Elizabeth Depoy and Stephen Gilson (2009), and Steve Taylor (2008).
OSU Multiple Perspectives
SDS@OSU CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Due November 15, 2019 Columbus, Ohio, April 4-7, 2020
SDS@OSU 2020 Theme: “Troubling Binaries of Activism and Academics”
Disability Studies arose from collective action that includes political activism and academic research and teaching. By reexamining the current perception of an academic/activist divide, Disability Studies can explore how fractures are created in coalitions and reframe them as growth plates. Disability activism and academia are interdependent and dynamic. The descriptors activism and scholarship are both ways of thinking and moving towards actions that manifest in a diverse array of webbed implications. Our 2020 conference theme asks participants to reexamine the construct and intentions of activism and scholarship, to trouble reductive and divisive binaries, and to identify collective ways of drawing nearer to an inclusive, equitable, accessible, and social-spatial justice for all, in particular for multiply marginalized communities.
How are activism and study defined within academic and community spaces? What are the specific contexts in which people engage in “activist” and “academic” roles, including as artists, community organizers, scholar-activists, and activist-scholars? How can we generate understanding and sustainable growth out of the tensions engendered by the oversimplified construct of binaries? Who profits from this divisiveness, especially in today’s political climate? How can we collectively build a framework of interdependence within activism and scholarship?
SDS welcomes proposals in all areas of disability studies, but especially those submissions premised on our theme. If submitting a panel of papers, note that preference will be given to proposals that encourage discussions across the social, cultural, historical, spatial, and disciplinary boundaries and that connect local, national, international, or transnational communities.
Here is a submission form for download. Please use this only for planning purposes to see what is required or if you have a problem with the online portal.
2020 Membership Drive: The Society for Disability Studies
Membership & Donation Campaign is underway! 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 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