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Special call for: SDS Strand Sessions- Canadian Disability Studies Association
Jan 16 all-day

Canadian Disability Studies Association –

Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité (CDSA-ACEI)

2017 Conference

“From Far and Wide: The Next 150”

Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2, 2017

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada


This conference is organized as part of the

2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

** special call for: SDS Strand Sessions**   


January 16, 2017 (midnight) 

send submissions to:

[email protected]Please Title your email SUBMISSION or QUESTIONS


The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is collaborating with the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA) to create 4-5 “strands” of sessions running during the CDSA conference.

For SDS related strand-sessions we encourage you to focus especially on 3 of the 5 general themes laid out by the CDSA:


This subtheme explores how sovereignty turns on the politics of death, or the power to control mortality (see Mbembe, 2003). We welcome submissions on the topic of disability, D/deaf, and mad death as they relate to:

*assisted dying laws;

*war, imperialism, and debility;

*death in institutions and by caregivers;

*police brutality;

*aging, palliative care, and support.

Imagining Our Future

In this subtheme the future will be reimagined to include and anticipate disability, Deafhood, and madness. We welcome submissions on the topic of the future as they relate to:

*the current status and possibilities, potentialities, future for SDS overall;

*the problem with cure-seeking;

*science fiction writing and the utopic impulse;

*reproductive futurity;

*restructuring physical and cultural spaces

*ageing into the future.

Community Planning

This subtheme is interested in activist, community-based, and artistic projects invested in making space for disability, Deafhood, and madness. We welcome submission on the topic of community building for disability, Deafhood, and madness as they relate to:

*the current status and possibilities, potentialities, future for SDS overall;

*involvement in legal and policy initiatives;

*critical approaches to care/care-collectives;

*grassroots advocacy work;

*intersectional activisms;

*community arts projects.

To submit to the SDS Strand, please use the general CDSA instructions, but send them to [email protected]. Please use this address for any questions.

SDS Strand Submission Guidelines:

Submit a completed submission template form below, including a 50 word description of what the presentation is about and an anonymized abstract with title on a separate WORD document enclosed via email attachments to [email protected] by January 16,  2017.

Abstract Guidelines:

Session formats are 60-90 minutes in length. There will be 3-4 papers per session and each paper will be 15-20 minutes in length, depending upon the number of papers within the session. Please indicate on your submission if you require an accommodation for more presentation time.

Authors can submit multiple abstracts, but only one individual paper in which the author is listed as first author will be accepted for inclusion in the conference program. If more than one abstract for an individual paper is accepted that lists an individual as first author the author will be informed and asked to choose which one will be included. 

Individual Papers – Individual presentations will be placed alongside 2-3 other panelists who share a similar focus. A submission must include a paper title and a 250 word abstract; the abstract should consist of the following:

  • stated purpose and relevance to one or more of the conference themes
  • significance of the proposal to the field
  • include relevant literature to support your abstract
  • explicit use of disability studies theory, perspective or concepts
  • describe how the work was done
  • contributions to research, theory, activism, advocacy or social change
  • 4 or 5 key words that describe your abstract
  • details of audiovisual needs (e.g., DVD, LCD projection and/or VHS)

Panels (3-4 persons) – People submitting a panel abstract are asked to identify and submit proposals around a central topic, theme or approach. The abstract should include the following:

  • all information as stated in the Individual Paper section as appropriate
  • a panel title and a100 word abstract that illustrates the coherence between each of the panel presentations  
  • individual presentation titles and 250 word abstracts for each individual presentation

Workshops – Interactive sessions organized around a central theme. People submitting workshops should include:

  • all information as stated in the Individual Paper section as appropriate
  • workshop title and a 250 word abstract; the description of the workshop’s objectives and content should be as specific as possible

Posters – People may specify they wish their work to be considered as a poster submission, or may be asked to present their work in poster format. A submission should include:

  • all information as stated in the Individual Paper section as appropriate

Performances – This may include poetry reading, dance, a viewing or an installation (art work, poetry, zine, etc.). We will do our best to provide a suitable space but please be prepared to improvise! Abstract should include:

  • all information as stated in the Individual Paper section as appropriate
  • a performance title and a 250 word abstract; the description of the performance content should be as specific as possible  


For more information email:

[email protected]



Submission Template


Author(s) name(s):












Biographical Note(s) (100-150 words per author):



Thematic Stream:



Format: (1) Individual Paper; (2) Panel; (3) Workshop; (4) Performance; (5) Podcast



Title of Presentation(s):



50 word description of what the presentation is about (abbreviated abstract):

Language of Presentation (ENG/FRE/ASL/LSQ): 

Submit by email to [email protected] by  January 16,  2017


Call for Participants: PhD Workshop
Jun 1 all-day

For the first time, the International Metropolis Conference in collaboration with the City of The Hague and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam will offer a special program for PhD students. The program will start on Sunday evening, September 17, 2017 and will adjourn just before the opening of the Conference on Monday afternoon, September 18. The aim is to bring PhD students together to support the development of their international networks and to offer them a platform to discuss, directly with policy officials and civil society organizations, the value of their research for policy. There will be space for 25 students who will be selected on a first come, first served basis, subject to them meeting criteria detailed on the website (see link below).

Those who are accepted will be offered dinner on Sunday evening, lunch on Monday, a waiver for the registration fee for the International Metropolis Conference (September 18-22, 2017), and accommodation free of charge from Sunday September 17 until Friday September 22.

Students who wish to sign up should send an email with information about i) their affiliation, ii) the title and topic of their PhD project, iii) details about their policy related activities, iv) a CV, and v) two letters of recommendation from their supervisors to [email protected].

Please follow the link below to apply for this exciting opportunity:

American Ethnological Society (AES) and Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Joint Spring Conference: Resemblance
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

In an era of “fake news” and “alt” political movements, what counts as meaning making? How can we understand epistemology in an era of madness? The issue of resemblance is as much a pressing social question as it is an academic preoccupation. The American Ethnological Society and the Society for Visual Anthropology explore the theme of resemblance at their 2018 joint spring conference. Welcoming anthropologists, artists, media makers, and community members to Philadelphia during March 22-24, the meeting will provide an opportunity to revisit and explore anew what we believe is knowable as anthropologists and the ways we may wish to rethink our priorities and approaches in our era of heightened violence, strife, surveillance, and policing.

Resemblance is at the very heart of anthropology, as its practitioners have sought to demonstrate the commonalities of all people. While resemblance relies upon recognition and likening, it is also a means of comparison to what one perceives and believes they already know. The conference organizers invite proposals for panels consisting of papers or multimodal presentations, as well as individual submissions that theoretically, methodologically, visually, or otherwise examine the conference theme. We welcome graduate students to present their work in its early stages and to network with more establish practitioners. The conference will feature exhibitions, speakers, films, performances, as well as a town hall discussion about how our field can wield greater influence in public struggles of resemblance.

Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Joint Virtual Spring Conference: Displacements @ Virtual
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing specter of climatic and environmental instability, countless virtual shadows cast over the here and now by ubiquitous media technologies. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What social and historical coordinates are at stake with these challenges? And what kind of understanding can anthropology contribute to the displacements of this time—given, especially, that our most essential techniques like ethnography are themselves predicated on the heuristic value of displacement, on what can be gleaned from the experience of unfamiliar circumstances?

Exclusionary politics of spatial displacement always depend on rhetorical and imaginative displacements of various kinds: a person for a category, or a population for a problem. In the face of such moves, the critical task of ethnography is often to muster contrary displacements of thought, attention, imagination, and sensation. What forms of social and political possibility might be kindled by anthropological efforts to broach unexpected places, situations, and stories? The 2018 SCA Biennial Meeting, cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, will invite such prospects in tangible form, as experiences of what is elsewhere and otherwise. This is a conference that will itself displace the conventional modes of gathering, taking place wherever its participants individually and collectively tune in.

For the first time, in 2018, the SCA Biennial Meeting will take place as a virtual conference. We invite you to contribute an individual audio/video presentation up to 10 minutes in length, a proposal for a panel of related presentations, or an idea for some localized form of in-person collaboration to which conference participants could have access. You may simply choose to record yourself giving a talk or reading a paper. But we especially encourage efforts to take us elsewhere along with you in a more sensory and immersive register: multimedia presentations, voiceover essays spliced with fieldwork fragments, sound works, short films, photo sequences, and so on. In this spirit, here is another call for submissions to the Biennial Meeting, one expressed in a different manner.

Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and one of the chief ways that an academic livelihood contributes to carbon pollution. We are exploring the virtual conference format with the ideal of carbon-neutral activity in mind. This format will also enable broader geographical participation, most especially against the backdrop of a political climate of unequal restrictions on international travel. We hope, too, that the web-based media platform we are developing for the conference will allow for novel explorations of expressive form in anthropology.

One of the chief values of the academic conference no doubt lies in face-to-face meetings and interactions. We hope, however, that this effort may provoke decentralized, affinity-based forms of collaboration, interaction, and uptake, in the spirit of experimentation that the SCA and SVA have long encouraged. We therefore invite participants to consider gathering together into local nodes of collective participation in the conference: viewing parties, classroom activities, departmental engagements with the conference, hackathon-style events that culminate in outputs that can be shared with other conference attendees, or anything else you can imagine.

All presentations must be prerecorded and shared in advance with the organizers. The presentations will be posted sequentially, in real time, during the conference and will be available to registered conference attendees for viewing, commentary, and discussion over those three days. We are exploring the possibility of a digital archive of presentations for those who want to participate, although more ephemeral contributions are also welcome.

Technical guidance on presentations will be forthcoming soon, but we want to assure you that nothing more complicated is required than what can be done on a typical smartphone. In the meantime, if you are conducting fieldwork, feel free to start gathering audiovisual materials that you may wish to incorporate in your presentation (in keeping with the research ethics of your particular field site). Also, keep in mind that if you would like to organize a local node of collective participation, we will work with you to provide some form of support for your event.