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CFP 2020 SDS@OSU

SDS@OSU 2020 Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS — Due November 25, 2019 [deadline extended]

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference

Columbus, Ohio, April 4-7, 2020

If you have questions, contact us at sds@disstudies.org

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to co-conference again with The Ohio State University (OSU) 20th annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference. The SDS Strand adds two days to the conference, allowing us to schedule events April 4-7, 2020.

Generously funded by The Ohio State University and the Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowment, the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference is extending its support to include SDS. The OSU conference, running April 6-7, expands perspectives on disability and enhances community resources for a broad and diverse audience.

The Society for Disability Studies Strand will consist of 90-minutes sessions with at least three people presenting, along with other events in varied formats.

The SDS activities, which begin Saturday, April 4, are open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. For information about becoming an SDS member or renewing for 2020 (no one is turned away for an inability to pay).

SDS@OSU 2020 Presentation Submission Form

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: SDS@OSU 2020 Presentation Submission Form (DOC)

SDS@OSU 2020 CONFERENCE 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.

Topics to explore under the SDS@OSU theme might include:

• What are the histories of the dynamics between disability studies and disability activism? What are their roles and contributions?
• How to decentralize Western scholarship and activism? How to engage with decentering the West during this 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act?
• What are the relationships of disability academics/activism to disability services and gatekeeping?
• How to address accessibility, create access, or implement radical access by working across the “academic/activist divide”?
• How to center the contributions of the Disability Justice movement, while also recognizing the historical contributions of the Disability Rights movement and problematizing the relationships?
• What are the critiques of how thought and action are related, and how they interact with perception and feeling?
• How to address the role of White Supremacy in disability studies and disability activism?
• How could disability activism branch out without co-opting other forms of activism?
• How is disability activism constructed within academic and community spaces? What could activism look like? How is Disability Studies constructed within academic and community spaces? What could DS look like?
• What are the different forms of artistic activism?
How are entertainment and activism intertwined? What are the possibilities in terms of outreach to the younger generation?
• What are the tensions encountered by scholars who were activists first? By disabled academics who are still struggling for recognition and survival in academia?

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Deadline:
November 25, 2019

To submit use this online form:

SDS@OSU 2020 Presentation Submission Form

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: SDS@OSU 2020 Presentation Submission Form (DOC)

If you encounter any problems with the form, or you wish to submit your proposal via email or in another format, please contact us at sds@disstudies.org.

Overview

This form is designed to be completed by ONE PERSON whom we call the Corresponding Author or Organizer. This person is responsible for the entire submission and for communicating with SDS for all conference purposes. Should this person not be available to complete this role, immediately inform SDS of a replacement at sds@disstudies.org

On the submission form you will provide a contact email address, a title, keywords, a proposal describing your proposed event, information about all presenters, and abstracts of varying length dependent on the type of presentation format chosen below.

You must be an SDS Member by March 1, 2020 to present in the SDS Strand.

Presentation formats:

All sessions are 90 minutes. You may propose one of many formats. If you do not have enough people to fill the format of your choice, we encourage you to seek participants via the SDS listserv. We can also accept sessions and add more presentations, suggest a change in format, or other modifications.

1. INDIVIDUAL PAPER:

A 15 min. Paper Presentation. SDS will place you in a PAPER SESSION with other Papers. The Corresponding Author submits a 250 word Abstract and a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

2. ORGANIZED PAPER SESSION:

This traditional format groups 4 or 5, 15 min. Individual Papers and an optional Discussant together. The Organizer submits both a 500 word Session Abstract and 250 word Paper Abstracts, a 50 word biographical note for each participant, and designates a Moderator.

3. ORGANIZED PANEL DISCUSSION:

This is 3 or more speakers allocated 5-10 min. each, followed by discussion. The Organizer submits both a 750-1,000 word Panel Abstract which should include the Role/Expertise of each participant in the session. This is in addition to the standard 50 word biographical note for each participant. A designated Moderator is also required.

4. WORKSHOP PAPER:

This is a unique SDS format. Authors send us full draft papers which SDS posts online to conference attendees 2 weeks before the conference. Authors will then have a designated 15 to 20 min. time slot to introduce and then direct discussion of their paper where they would most like feedback from any interested attendees. Papers should be submitted in English, no more than 50 double-spaced pages including references and appendices, and in accessible formats. SDS will group papers by common methodologies or themes, alert you of your group, and encourage you to read the other authors’ papers. The proposal requires a 250 word Abstract and a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

5. POSTER OR EXHIBIT:

These may be grouped together or spread out during the conference. The Corresponding Author/Lead Exhibitor submits a 250-500 word Abstract and any supporting materials. Provide a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

6. PERFORMANCE, FILM, OR ACTIVITY WORKSHOP:

These may not exceed 90 min. in length and shorter presentations are encouraged. These may be scheduled anywhere and at any time of day. The Organizer submits a 500-750 word Abstract and any supporting materials. Provide a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

7. NEW BOOK or other WORK PRODUCT DISPLAY:

This usually occurs during a reception or with the Posters. The Corresponding Author submits a 250 word Abstract and provide a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

8. OTHER:

If you want an alternative format or have fewer than 3 people, please fully describe your idea and needs in an appropriate length Abstract and provide a 50 word biographical note for each participant.

SDS contact information

If you have questions, please contact Devva Kasnitz at sds@disstudies.org.

If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer for conference proposals, please contact SDS Program Committee Chair, Ryan Parrey at rparrey@ewu.edu.

Visit the SDS website for more information, updates, and Membership portal.

We will notify you of the status of your proposal as soon as possible in January.

Schedule for SDS@OSU 2020 Conference

Saturday, April 4:

Morning workshops sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Program.

SDS afternoon concurrent sessions.

Evening keynote by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, sponsored by the OSU Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy.

All-day respite space, Sat. and Sun., including free food, sponsored by M+A Architects.

Sunday, April 5:

SDS morning and afternoon, concurrent sessions, with lunch provided.

Evening dance and reception, sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Program.

Monday-Tuesday, April 6-7:

SDS sessions at the Multiple Perspectives conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday.