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Join us online for this year's line-up of presentations and events!

SDS is pleased to co-conference with The Ohio State University Multiple Perspectives Conference. The SDS events are all organized, reviewed, run, and presented by SDS members. On Saturday and Sunday, SDS will have 40 sessions, followed by the Monday and Tuesday SDS strand of 12 sessions at the Multiple Perspectives Conference.

This year’s SDS@OSU conference theme is DEEP SIGH: (Re)Centering Activism, Healing, Radical Love, Emotional Connection and Breathing Spaces in Intersectional Communities. 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."

Please send questions about the conference to Also, you can direct question  or access needs during conference hours to the SDS Conference Zola Help Desk:

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Holly Pearson and Joanne Woiak, Program Chairs
Devva Kasnitz, Executive Director

Registration Instructions

Please understand that conference registration is three steps. Step one is SDS Membership. Approval of your membership is not automated. This is because of SDS’s commitment to not turning anyone away. SDS is willing to discount fees, allow people to pay by check, in installments, or grant waivers. The same goes for step two, SDS conference registration! Finally, register for the OSU Multiple Perspectives conference, which is hosts SDS, is free of charge, and the final step! Thank you in advance for your patience.

Step 1: Join or renew your SDS Membership

If you are already a 2021 paid or confirmed SDS member, skip to step 2 unless you need to update your profile. If you are not a 2021 SDS member (or a non-member contact in our database), you need to join or renew your Membership (or sign up in our database as a Corresponding Contact using the same links) before registering for the conference. Instructions on how to join or renew are located on the Membership page.
SDS Membership Form URL:

Step 2: Register for SDS@OSU using the SDS registration form

The registration link will ask you to login first. If it does not then immediately direct you to the registration, click on “EVENTS,” then click on the "REGISTER" button to the left. Or click "Show details..." on the right, then look on the lower left corner of this page for "REGISTER."
SDS Registration URL:

Step 3: Register for the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference for Monday and Tuesday

If you are an SDS Member who registered for SDS@OSU using the SDS registration steps above, there is no additional fee for Multiple Perspectives (MP). Choose the MP registration category "SDS Member also attending SDS@OSU Saturday and Sunday." You must register for MP in order to get the zoom links for all the Monday and Tuesday SDS sessions as well as the concurrent OSU-organized sessions.
Multiple Perspectives Registration URL: