Disability Studies Area, 35th Annual Conference of the Southwest PCA, February 19-22, 2014
There is no doubt that cultural beliefs and attitudes toward disability and representations of disability have changed significantly over time, and we live in a particularly interesting moment, with people collaborating over the internet to design do-it-yourself prosthetics that can be printed with 3-D printers and assembled by the average person. Technology will radically affect the treatment of disability, both in pragmatic and cultural terms, but it is also responsible for a greater number of people having to cope with disabilities that may not historically have had to (for example, military and medical advances that allow the severely injured to survive). At the same time, technology allows disability to be overcome in ways humanity might never have dreamed of—or have we?
In keeping with the theme of this year's Southwest PCA/ACA conference ("Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"), submissions are particularly invited that consider disability and its cultural treatment from a variety of temporal perspectives, with a few broad possibilities listed here:
Yesterday: Historical or cultural studies research into attitudes toward disability or legal, social, or cultural treatment of disability; or research concerning the representation of disability in literature, drama, television, film, ephemera, or other cultural objects from the past
Today: Effects of currents laws or cultural attitudes toward disability; or realistic or fantastic treatment of disability or related issues ostensibly in the present time or recent past through a variety of media (textual or graphic literature, television, film, games, and so on)
Tomorrow: Speculative treatment of disability or related issues through a variety of media (textual or graphic literature, television, film, games, and so on); or potential effects of current laws or cultural attitudes; or developments in technology
In addition, submissions are also welcomed that apply disability studies in cultural, historical, or literary research, regardless of connection to the conference theme, or that apply disability studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach, such as queer studies, feminist or gender studies, and so on. Proposal abstracts should be 200-400 words.
Graduate Students: The Southwest PCA/ACA Conference offers a number of travel and academic paper awards to encourage graduate student submissions and attendance at the conference. Please read through the list of awards to see if your paper fits one of the award categories at .
If you have questions prior to submitting your proposal, please email the Disability Studies Area Chair, Dr. Lexey Bartlett, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Proposals must be submitted through the submissions database at by the submission deadline, 1 November 2013.