CFP: [Cultural-Historical] society for disability studies, new york city, june 2008

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Call for Proposals
Society for Disability Studies 21st Annual Conference
New York City, June 18-22, 2008
“Cosmopolitan? Disability Studies Crips the City”
Submission Deadline: 1 December 2007
As Disability Studies becomes more aware of the boundaries of its own
discourses, we want to explore critically the lands of its origins, the
limits of its imagination, and the challenges of experiencing wider
space. Bodies, ideas, and words travel across borders, negotiate
restricted space and resistance, and become transformed as they journey.
How do notions of disability, Disability Studies, and disability culture
shift in these travels? Who participates in these travels and who is
denied entrance? How is space produced, enacted, and lived in by disabled
people? How are local life worlds configured in space? What is at stake
in seeing ourselves as citizens of a more complex world in which
multiple, simultaneous identities are engaged in transit and dialogue?

New York, this city of immigrants, is the staging ground for the 2008 SDS
conference. Thus, many cherished American ideas are up for grabs: melting
pots and assimilation, the energy of new beginnings, the emergence of
undergrounds and renaissances, beliefs in rugged individualism and
transnational capitalism, mechanisms of control and security, and
architectures of access. As we imagine disability and disability studies
in this iconic location, we ask, What are our Ellis Islands, our Statues
of Liberty, our Grand Central Stations, our Stonewalls? Where are our
Christopher Streets, our Broadways, our Greenwich Villages?

How might New York City, a site both global and local, guide our
understandings of disability and Disability Studies from international
and transnational perspectives? How might such multiple locations in turn
illuminate, enrich, and challenge disability experiences and Disability
Studies within the United States? What are the assumptions at work in
casting New York as a cosmopolitan city, and to what effect? What does it
mean to imagine cosmopolitanismâ€"evoking the city without borders, people
as citizens of the worldâ€"from disability perspectives? How might notions
of the city, cosmopolitanism, and the urban produce Disability Studies
scholarship that speaks to applied disciplines and theoretical
examinations of identity, citizenship, space, and authenticity?

We invite proposals from any field that examine the ways in which
disability and urban issues intersect; engage the mobility of metaphor
and the refiguration of space; and/or explore the ways in which
Disability Studies shifts and translates in application to specific sites
and communities. Potential topics include:

Public Health
Violence, War, and Terror
Mobility and Metaphor
Housing, Home, and Homelessness
Access and Spatiality
Immigration and Translation
Globalization and Transnational Critique
Artistic Practices, Cultural Production, and Crip Culture
History and Memory
Categorization and Citizenship
Public Policy in the Global City
Bodies and Borders
Surveillance and Security, Visibility and Invisibility
Activist Communities, Strategies, and Identities
Architectural Mappings and Geographical Textures
Pollution, Garbage, and Environmental Devastation
SDS invites activists, artists, and scholars to submit proposals for all
work in progress in Disability Studies. We welcome interdisciplinary
proposals that bring together scholars in different fields or using
different methodologies, embodying the kinds of translation and movement
evoked in this year’s theme. Work can be submitted in a variety of
formats, including workshops, paper presentations, poster sessions,
performances, video/DVD recordings, etc. For the 2008 conference, we also
would like to introduce new seminar slots for the discussion of shared
readings, pre-circulated papers, or other focused topics. The Program
Committee will make every effort to honor participants’ requests insofar
as presentation format. We ask participants to bear in mind that the
committee may reassign participants to other presentation formats,
styles, and panels in order to develop the richest program possible.

Accessibility in presentations is central to the philosophy of SDS.
Presenters should explore ways to make physical, sensory, and
intellectual access a fundamental part of their presentation. All
presenters are required to, at minimum, provide e-text versions of papers
in advance of the conference (for open captioning), large-print hard
copies (18 point font or larger) of all handouts, hard copies or outlines
of their talks in 12 point and 18 point fonts, audio description of
visual images, charts, and video/DVDs, and open or closed captioning of
films and video clips. Presentations should also be planned so that their
delivery will accommodate open-captioning and ASL translation. In order
to facilitate ASL interpretation and open captioning, drafts of accepted
presentations will be due by 1 May 2008. If you have questions about
making your presentation accessible, please contact Alison Kafer or Petra
Kuppers. Please note: English and ASL are the two main languages in use
at SDS; if you have other language needs, please indicate such on your
proposal and we will try to assist you in obtaining accommodations.

The deadline for proposals is 1 December 2007. Participants will be
notified of their acceptance by 15 February 2008. All abstracts will be
reviewed by the conference Program Committee: Alison Kafer and Petra
Kuppers, co-chairs; Chris Bell, Pamela Block, Aimee Meredith Cox, Lakshmi
Fjord, Bruce Henderson, Eunjung Kim, Susan Magasi, Chris McCohnell,
Mansha Mirza, David Mitchell, Michelle Nario-Redmond, Santiago Solis,
Sunny Taylor, and Cindy Wu.

For your convenience, the electronic form for submitting your proposal is
available at the SDS conference web site at Please submit
proposals electronically via the online application or by submitting the
application in text and rich text format using the form available at to
Lisa Pollich at Questions about the conference
program or submission process should be directed to Alison Kafer
( or Petra Kuppers ( Questions
related to the online application can be addressed to Pratik Patel

If electronic submission is not possible, please mail or fax proposals to
arrive by 1 December 2007:
Lisa Pollich
Society for Disability Studies
JFK Institute for Worker Education
The City University of New York
101 West 31st St.
14th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Fax: 646.344.7319

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