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CFP Disability Studies

Note: Although there is a specific panel called Disability Studies and Intersectionality proposed below, all presenters are encouraged to consider their work in intersectional ways as much as they can. We also encourage papers that deal with Disability Studies topics, theories, and themes, but do not adhere to the topics proposed below.

Panel I: Intersectional Disability Studies

What will it take, and what would it mean for Disability Studies to become truly intersectional? What would this bring to the field, what challenges would it present, how could it make the field even more impactful?

Panel II: Autism

What does the state of our present knowledge about and social attitudes toward autism mean for people with autism and for society as a whole? What does the intersectional lens add to debates about autism? How can popular representations of autism open doors or perpetuate negative stereotypes?

Panel III: Theorizing Intersectional Disability Studies

How should we theorize the different areas of Disability Studies, together or separately (e.g., Autism, Deaf Studies, mental illness, physical disability, etc.)? How, and to what end, should we incorporate other aspects of identity (e.g., gender, race, and sexual orientation/identity) into Disability Studies?

Panel IV: Disability in Film and Television

How is disability still deployed as a stereotypical trope, and how has disability started or attempted to reshape genres (comedic sit-coms, romcoms, “inspiration porn,” etc.)? What shows or films are doing critical work with their disability representations, and what patterns of representation remain present and problematic? How do mainstream, popular texts like Game of Thrones change (or maintain) current attitudes and beliefs about disability?

Panel V: Veterans and Disability

What topics continue to challenge Veterans with Disabilities, how has Veteran Culture supported their cause, and how has Veteran Disability Culture impacted Disability culture and studies at large?

Note: Papers not focused on these topics, but which deal with other areas or aspects of Disability Culture, are also welcome for submission.

Submission information: Please submit your 200-300 word abstract/proposal through the PCA database, http://ncp.pcaaca.org/ (which does not open until AUGUST 1st) to the Disability Studies area. PCA requires pro­posals be submitted to only one subject area at a time. You must include your name, email address, and (if applicable) your academic affiliation on the site. Otherwise we might not be able to contact you.

Note: Deadline: The deadline for paper/presentation proposals is November 1, 2019.

Conference date and location: As indicated above, the conference takes place from April 15-18, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Inquiries? If you should have any inquiries or further questions about the Disability Studies area at the PCA/ACA national conference, please contact either of the co-chairs for the area:

Claude Desmarais at: claude.desmarais@ubc.ca


Shannon Wooden at: SRWooden@MissouriState.edu

Thinking of presenting/attending, and wanting to be on an email list? Send an email to the area chairs and state the sort of updates you would like (i.e. Reminders [when database opens, a month and two weeks before the deadline, etc.); Updates on Finalized Panels; Meetings Updates [other German Studies conferences; meetings at the conference outside of panels]; Future PCA/ACA cfps). A full list of conference dates is provided below.





2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live

October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins

November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends

December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins

January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins

January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

February 2, 2021———–Non-Presenters Registration Continues

March 31-April 3, 2021—-National Conference in Boston

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.