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2019 SDS Conference Program Description @ OSU

2019 SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability

Columbus, Ohio, April 6-9, 2019

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to co-conference with The Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability conference. The SDS Strand adds a day, allowing us to schedule conference events April 6-9, 2019.

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. Now in its 19th year, the OSU conference, running April 8-9, expands perspectives on disability and enhances community resources for a broad and diverse audience.

The SDS Strand activities, which begin April 6, are open to all to attend but are arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. For information about becoming an SDS member or renewing for 2019 (no one is turned away for an inability to pay), please visit our website:

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.