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We look forward to your participation in the conference, April 4-7 at The Ohio State University. See further details on conference page.


The Society for Disability Studies is pleased to announce that Robin Roscignohas won the 2019 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies for her paper Semiotic Stalemate: Resisting Restraint and Seclusion through Guattari’s Micropolitics of Desire.  Read about Robin Roscigno, her work, and her paper on the Irving K. Zola Award page.

2020 Membership Drive: The Society for Disability Studies

Membership & Giving Campaign is underway!

Dear SDS community and allies,

Full information about membership benefits and the 2020 dues structure for individuals and organizations can be found via our Membership Drive page.

  • You may customize an Organizational Membership that supports your students, junior colleagues, and constituents. We encourage those of you who have the good fortune to work or study at an institution that pays your membership to consider this option. It comes with formal acknowledgments and opportunities to promote your program.
  • Lifetime Memberships are another impactful way to advance the work of SDS. Consider becoming a lifetime member now at the 2019 dues level.

We also hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation beyond your annual dues payment. Contribute today to make sure that we can match your gift.

Your gift and dues support SDS's renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly and make possible a growing range of SDS programs and conference strands. You promote student engagement in the field of disability studies, including the Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award and our participation in the SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives conference in April 2020. SDS hosts a members-only listserv for discussions and announcements, a members-only directory, and our website is in the most accessible format.

Please share this news with your networks—encourage your colleagues, students, friends, and organizations to join and give to the Society for Disability Studies before the match runs out!

Thank you for all you do!
In solidarity,
Joanne Woiak, President

SDS is busy in 2020!

SDS@OSU 2020: Multiple Perspectives Conference

Join SDS at The Ohio State University, April 4-7, 2020!  SDS@OSU 2020 Theme: “Troubling Binaries of Activism and Academics”

The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference, April 6-7: Ethel Armstrong Poster Presentations Competition and 2020 Multiple Perspectives Information

SDS is grateful to the OSU ADA Coordinator's Office and the OSU Department of English for their continued support and collaboration.

SDS 2019 Awards

The Awards & Nominations Committee received an overwhelming response to the 2019 calls for applications for the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, and the SDS Senior Scholar Award.  Winners will be announced soon!

SDS@SfAA 2020: Society for Applied Anthropology Conference

SDS Member Narelle Warren and SDS Executive Director Devva Kasnitz are organizing another SDS Strand of sessions and Town Hall at the SfAA annual meeting, March 17-21, 2020, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Last year, we had over 30 disability studies presenters at SfAA in Portland, Oregon. See the SfAA website for details about the meeting, and watch this space for the SDS Strand program. A benefit of SDS membership is that our Members can register for the SfAA conference at reduced rates.