Disability Studies (Special Topics Area)

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Call for papers: 

CFP: Disability Studies (Special Topics Area), PCA, Indianapolis, IN, March 28-31, 2018

According to the United Nations, disabled individuals make up 15% of the global population and are the largest minority group. The portrayal of people with disabilities is hugely important. How, when, why, and where they are portrayed has enormous impact on how they are regarded in society. (U.N., 2015)


We welcome proposals exploring cultural, social and historical perspectives, as well as artistic representation (e.g. literature, music, visual/performing arts), practical, political, or pedagogical concerns, and submissions that apply Disability Studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach (e.g. feminist theory, semiotics, social theory).


Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Disability and Representation in the Media
  • Disability and Education
  • Disability in Literature or Art
  • Disability and Gender/Race
  • Disability and Superheroes
  • Disability and Self Image

Who can submit? 

Proposals may come from individual faculty, undergraduate or graduate students, professionals, or independent scholars.


What do I submit?
200-300 word abstract/proposal.
-You must include your name, your email address, and (if applicable) your academic affiliation.

Where do I submit?
Items must be submitted through this website.
PCA requires pro­posals be submitted to only one subject area at a time.


When is the due date for paper/presentation proposals?
     October 1, 2017


Where/When is the conference?
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 28-31, 2018


Disabilities Special Topic Area Chair:

Claude Desmarais,
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

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