Call for Papers

11th Annual CDSSA Conference

York University’s Critical Disability Studies Student Association (CDSSA) is pleased to announce that our eleventh annual conference will be held on Keele campus on April 8th, 2016. The CDSSA invites graduate students, community researchers, and activists to submit proposals by February 15th 2016.

This year’s theme, Crippin’ Canada, pays homage to the multiple ways in which people with disabilities and their allies have worked to challenge dominant structures and modes of representation. The act/art of crippin’ is about questioning and resisting conceptions of normalcy as well as the assumptions and practices that attempt to disappear, regulate, and rationalize difference. Robert McRuer (2006), in crippin’ queer theorist Butler’s performativity toward compulsory and normative able-embodiment, enjoins us to imagine otherwise.

One of the goals of this year’s conference is to foster a safe space to have thoughtful discussion about what disability studies is and how to make it a more inclusive field. We invite those who do not  identify with any of the categories mentioned in this call to submit proposals that would challenge our understandings of crip theory and disability studies more broadly,  especially in ways that are more inclusive of racialized disabled bodies.

Proposals can include but are not limited to: papers, workshops, and arts-based presentations.

Possible topics include:

  • Crip Consciousness and National Identities
  • Crippin’ Settler Colonialism
  • Crippin’ Capital – Disability and Anti-Globalization Movements
  • Crip Critiques of Nugenics
  • Coalitions and Solidarities
  • Crip Art
  • Politics of Identification
  • First Nations’ Perspectives on Disability
  • Crippin’ & Queerin’ – LGBTQ Activism in Canada as it Intersects with Disability
  • Crippin’ Canadian Law, Policy, and Education
  • Crippin’ Economic Structures – Employment/Unemployment/Underemployment
  • Feminist Crips
  • Cripepistemologies

Interested applicants should submit a short 250-300 word abstract as a word document or PDF file by February 15th 2016 to

Abstracts may include summaries of workshops or performance pieces. If you will be presenting an arts-based project, you may wish to submit a photo, video, or other relevant summary rather than a written abstract.

Please email us if you have any questions at


Caption: The top of this page features a photograph of Dr Nirmala Erevelles delivering her keynote address during the 10th Annual Conference.