Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers


York University’s Critical Disability Studies Student Association (CDSSA) will be holding its 5th annual graduate student conference May 9 2009*. 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:


  • 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
  • Assessment of accessibility accommodations
  • Technology and disability


Papers should be 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: Submission deadline is February 1, 2009.




Presenters must register for the event. In order to register, please send an email to and include in the following information:


  • Name and number of guests
  • Contact information
  • Request for billeting (if applicable) **
  • Dietary restrictions (if applicable)
  • Accessibility accommodations (if applicable)


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