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2019 Conference - Society for Disability Studies at The Ohio State University

The Society for Disability Studies Strand
“Emerging Disability Studies Perspectives:
Ecologies of Care and Access on a World Scale”

The SDS Strand aims to highlight the strength of our shared work and the importance of bringing multiple voices together to co-construct the future of disability studies across multiple landscapes of academia, community, grassroots movements, art communities, and organizations. Understanding that our growth and collective interdisciplinary contributions are vital, and that disability studies adopts a critical interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to scholarly inquiry in solidarity with grassroots disability movements, we welcome emerging activists, artists, leaders, and scholars to join established communities for three days of SDS panels, discussions, workshops, and other collaborations.

Disability studies and SDS have emerging roles in helping to elevate the voices of Disability Justice communities and in connecting with work in the Global South, especially promoting intersectional scholarly and advocacy work. These relationships can lead us to critically (re)examine, (re)theorize, (re)approach, and (re)imagine disability, care, and access on a world scale. Focus on the emergent in disability studies (topics, approaches, and communities where it has not mobilized yet) might better honor goals for prioritizing vital work being done with grassroots, community-grounded frameworks, centering those living at the intersection of multiple oppressions. Considering the responsibility of academia / privilege to address these needs, meaningful collaboration and acknowledgement of interdependence in this work are key.


  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: SDS Evening Reception.
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019: All-day SDS Strand, including Paper Workshops; Evening Keynote Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk, Dinner, and SDS Dance/DISCO Ball. Co-sponsored by OSU Disability Studies Graduate Student Association and OSU Disability Studies Program.
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019: SDS Strand at the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday. (SDS Student Members should also consider entering the OSU Poster Contest:

Register Here for the SDS Strand

Register Here for the Disco Ball

Register Here for OSU's 19th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability

Here are Registration Forms for those of you who want to download it, fill it in, and either email it back to us as an attachment, or print it out and send it via the USPS.

SDS@OSU Multiple Perspective 2019 Registration PDF

SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives 2019 Registration Word.doc

DISCO Ball 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Ballroom, The Blackwell Inn
Disco Ball

Welcome to DISCO Ball 2019! This event is a highlight of the second annual collaboration between the Society for Disability Studies and Multiple Perspectives conferences at The Ohio State University.

Keynote by Jina B. Kim and Sami Schalk

“Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies.”

What would feminist disability studies look like if it were grounded in feminist of color theory? In this talk, we demonstrate how feminist of color writing, theory, and activism can offer new approaches and sites of analysis for feminist disability studies, advancing a framework that we call feminist-of-color disability studies. Feminist-of-color disability studies is an intellectual, theoretical, and political project that simultaneously acknowledges existing critical race work in feminist disability studies, claims work in feminist of color scholarship not recognized as disability studies, and sets forth an agenda to transform feminist disability studies by drawing attention to how its unacknowledged whiteness has shaped the boundaries and methods of the field thus far.

Jina KimJina B. Kim is an assistant professor of English and the study of women and gender at Smith College. Her research engages the intersections of feminist disability, feminist-of-color, and ethnic US literary studies. Her manuscript, Anatomy of the City: Race, Disability, and US Fictions of Dependency, examines the discourse of public dependency in the literary-cultural afterlife of 1996 US welfare reform. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Disability Studies Quarterly, Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities (University of Nebraska Press), and Asian American Literature in Transition (Cambridge University Press).

SamiSami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race and gender in contemporary American literature & culture. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction, was published by Duke University Press in 2018. She is currently working on a second book on disability politics in post-Civil Rights black activism.


Event Schedule

7:00 p.m.: Dinner and mingling
8:00 p.m.: Keynote with Q&A
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Coffee, tea, and the SDS Dance

Access, Registration and Questions

This event is free and open to the public; however, all attendees must register by filling out this webform. This form will ask about the number of people in your party, dietary restrictions and access requests. The Blackwell Ballroom is wheels-accessible, and a quiet room will be available. Attendees are asked not to wear fragranced products. If you have further questions, please contact Carol Bitzinger at


Co-sponsored by Disability Studies, the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Life Multicultural Center, the Department of Comparative Studies and Project Narrative, the Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy, the English Graduate Organization, the Graduate Association of Diversity Educators and the Office of the ADA Coordinator.