"Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities"

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
International Communal Studies Association
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Call for Papers—EXTENDED DEADLINE FEB 1, 2019

for the Triennial Conference of the

International Communal Studies Association

Conference Dates: July 18-21, 2019

Conference Location: Camphill Communities near Hudson, NY, USA

Conference Theme: “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities”


Our thirteenth international conference will explore strategies that intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. We especially welcome proposals related to intentional communities and community movements that focus on the experiences of particular groups that have historically been marginalized—as, for example, the Camphill movement does for persons with intellectual disabilities. What can the field of communal studies learn from the unique experiences of such communities? We also especially welcome proposals that explore the implications of community choices that seek to increase or to limit diversity. How have communities succeeded or failed in their efforts to increase diversity or strengthen inclusion? Under what circumstances is it appropriate or necessary for an intentional community to limit certain forms of diversity? What is the relationship between the mere presence of previously excluded persons in a community, and the full inclusion and empowerment of those persons? What lessons might intentional communities share with other persons and organizations committed to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment?

We welcome proposals in the following categories: 1) scholarly papers, 2) scholarly panels with 2-4 presenters, 3) workshops, and 4) cultural events. Scholarly papers should be designed to take thirty minutes (ordinarily, 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for conversation); panels, workshops and cultural events should be designed to take one hour. If the conference schedule allows, we may be able to expand these times slightly. Cultural events, which may be either interactive classes or performances, should be explicitly designed to be accessible to persons with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. We welcome proposals that use Open Space, World Café, Universal Design for Learning, or similar methods to promote inclusion and active participation.

As always, we are happy to receive proposals on subjects unrelated to the conference theme, so long as they are relevant to the study of intentional communities.

Extended Deadline for Submission of Proposals: February 1, 2019

To submit a proposal, please email your proposal to conference chair Dan McKanan at dmckanan@hds.harvard.edu or upload a single proposal document to the ICSA website at http://www.communa.org.il/icsa/index.php/conferences/camphill-2019/call-for-papers . Please include 1) the title of your presentation, 2) an indication of whether it is a paper, panel, workshop, or cultural event, 3) the names and cont act information of all presenters, 4) an abstract of up to 300 words, suitable for inclusion in the program book, 6) a 50-word biography of each presenter.

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