2010 Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Conference Saturday, April 24th, 2010

8:30 am to 7:00 pm


York University (Keele Campus)

Room 1158, Vari Hall

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, ON

Canada  M3J 1P3

Call for Papers & Arts

  1. Call for Papers

York University’s Critical Disability Studies Student Association (CDSSA) will be holding its 6th annual graduate student conference on Saturday, April 24th, 2010.  The conference is meant to showcase graduate students across Canada and their work relating to themes and issues within the scope of Critical Disability Studies.


The conference is interdisciplinary, and so possible topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Disability advocacy
  • Critical theory and disability: feminism, post-modernism, Marxism, etc.
  • History of disability: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Victorian Age, Industrial Age, etc.
  • Law and public policy, and disability
  • Qualitative and quantitative research pertaining to disability
  • Education and disability
  • Culture: disability-related literature and film analysis
  • Employment, market, workforce, and income security in relation to disability
  • Disability-related topics in social sciences: psychology, sociology, geography, political science, etc.
  • Assessment of accessibility accommodations
  • Technology and disability


Paper presentations must be no longer than 20 minutes, which equates to approximately 10-15 pages long, with 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, and 1 inch margins.  The CDSSA adjudication committee will review abstracts that are 150-200 words in length.  Authors might be asked to present their work as posters instead of as paper presentations.  Abstracts must be anonymous.  The text of the email must include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information, the title of the work, and preferred presentation format (paper or poster).  Applicants must send their abstracts as attachments in Microsoft Word format to the following email address:


March 1, 2010

A poster of this calling for papers is available here.

  1. Call for Arts


The Critical Disability Conference Committee invites artists to submit up to 3 slides of their work in photography, mixed media, works on paper, video, or sculpture for the Conference’s first annual juried show exploring Critical Disability art and aesthetics.  This exhibit will explore disability as a fluid construct that resists a normalizing conceptualization.  Instead we suggest that disability is varied and heterogeneous, intersectional, and slippery (Shildrick, 2007).  Critical

Disability Studies understands disability not as a failing located in the individual but rather as the product and process of multiple and intersecting oppressions.  The jurors for the Critical Disability Arts Exhibit will be announced shortly.


The show will run on April 24th, 2010.




Please include the followings in your submission:

  • Contact information including telephone number, full mailing address and e-mail address.
  • Artist’s biography – max 75 words in WORD format.
  • Description of proposed work, including size, material and type (installation or wall hung).
  • 3 images of representative work in jgp format.  Please do not send website links. If you are submitting sculpture or tactile work please inform us as to whether the audience will be invited to interact with it through touch.
  • Digital Files may be sent as jgps on a CD or as an e-mail attachment. Emailed image files should be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi) and must be numbered and named to correspond with image list.
  • Numbered image list giving size of works, medium, dimensions and any other relevant details.
  • Upon acceptance, all pieces must be able to be hung/ installed securely.  You must also provide a comprehensive and detailed description of your work for accessibility purposes.  This description should be approximately 100-150 words.
  • Upon acceptance of your work your biography, work and description of the work will be posted to the conference website.



March 1, 2010.  Entries may be submitted by e-mail at or surface mail at the following mailing address:


CDSSA Conference Committee

c/o Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program

Room 409, HNES Building

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, ON

Canada    M3J 1P3


If sending your submission by e-mail, please include your name as part of the file names of your attachments.


If sending your submission by surface mail, please send your contact information, bio, artist’s statement, details of proposed work and the image list in hard copy along with your CD.   Include a self-addressed-and-stamped envelope if you would like your submission package returned.


A poster of this calling for arts is available here.

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