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In 2021, SDS was again pleased to co-conference with The Ohio State University Multiple Perspectives Conference from April 17-20th.

The 2021 SDS@OSU conference theme was DEEP SIGH: (Re)Centering Activism, Healing, Radical Love, Emotional Connection and Breathing Spaces in Intersectional Communities.

Conference theme description:

With everything that has taken place over the past year, we hope this time together is another chance to reconnect. Reconnecting will look and feel different, as folks are coming from different backgrounds with different degrees of privilege and access. We hope these will be virtual spaces where folks can come together and intentionally engage, whether it is to be together virtually, to dance together, to breath together, to dialogue, and/or to process, while being mindful of the legacy of historical systemic oppressions and transgenerational trauma and pain. We all deserve to be loved and to identify and express what we feel is our authentic selves. We all deserve the right to not settle for the scraps or breadcrumbs. We all deserve the right to have choices and to express and seek consent. As we come together, please be mindful of this and consider: is this a moment I need to share, listen, delegate, knit, draw, stretch, and/or rest? We are extremely excited and grateful for the presenters who are taking the time and spoons to share their insights and knowledge in different forms.

We are also thankful for folks who are taking the time and energy to attend and engage, as we understand there is a strong wave of exhaustion, fear, and anger with all the injustice that has and continues to take place.

We are also excited to announce this amazing plenary that will be happening on Saturday evening April 17, 2021. Dr. Samuels wrote this description for us to share:

"This plenary roundtable features five contributors to the special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on “Crip Temporalities” published this month, and is moderated by the issue’s co-editors Elizabeth Freeman and Ellen Samuels. This plenary, like the special issue, is deeply intersectional in practice and content and will focus particularly on how crip time is experienced in multiply-marginalized disability communities, including the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and globally on Black, Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx people. The five speakers on this plenary, Moya Bailey, Alison Kafer, Mariá Elena Cepeda, Mimi Khúc, and Jasbir Puar, will briefly talk about how their thinking on crip time has transformed over the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, across scholarly, activist, personal, and political realms. An open discussion with questions from the audience will follow, inviting all attendees to dream together what crip futures are possible in the pandemic and post-pandemic world."

Holly Pearson and Joanne Woiak, Program Chairs
Devva Kasnitz, Executive Director