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In Memory: Dr. Mark R. Bookman

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Dear Members and Friends of SDS:


The Society for Disability Studies will be hosting a Zoom Vigil in memory of Dr. Mark Bookman on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 7-8 pm Eastern time/Friday, January 6, 2023, at 9-10 am Japan time.


Dr. Bookman joined the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies in September 2022 and quickly made a lasting impression through his dedication to the disability community. We are heartbroken by Mark’s sudden and unexpected passing on December 16, 2022. This vigil is an opportunity to come together, share memories and photos of Mark, and be in community while grieving this enormous loss to the disability community. We invite everyone to submit any pictures and memories of Dr. Mark Bookman by emailing our Website Coordinator, Griffin Zimmerman (he/they), directly.


The vigil will be recorded as another way to memorialize Dr. Bookman. Accessible features will include CART captioning, ASL interpreting, audio description of any slides and photos shared, and reading and revoicing of chat messages. All attendees will be welcome to remain on video to support a communal environment, though mute will remain in use to prevent feedback loops. 


You may find more information about the vigil, such as the schedule and details about accessible practices, as well as how to attend, on the Dr. Mark Bookman SDS Memorial Page.


With care and community,

The Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors

Society for Disability Studies

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President's Welcome

Dear Members and Friends of the Society for Disability Studies:


It is my pleasure to welcome you to our virtual home. As the leading international, professional organization for disability studies, SDS seeks to advance an understanding of disability as a cultural, social, and political phenomenon, eschewing and challenging the traditional focus on its medicalization in the Global North. To do this according to our principles, we strive for SDS to take “a critical interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to scholarly inquiry in solidarity with grassroots disability movements.”


Coming from across the globe and from nearly every scholarly discipline, our members are researchers, students, activists, policy leaders, artists, and more. We hope you will explore a bit  to learn about our organization and consider becoming a member!



Joseph Stramondo, PhD

President, Board of Directors

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Membership Benefits Include:

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  • Our organizational affiliation to include on your CV

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