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Date: March 3-4, 2022

Place: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Disability is a living human experience. It is not merely a medical or biological phenomenon, and it is not only the subject of sciences. Perspectives on disability have evolved historically, theologically, and medically. Academics and disability activists have increasingly come to view disability as more than an individual medical diagnosis, often highlighting it as an issue of social justice and equity. As such, there is a need for further collaboration between the sciences and the humanities to deepen our understanding of disability in all of its complexities. Using interdisciplinary approaches to examine disability as fluid and dynamic condition can help us understand it as an identity and as social construct.

This conference aims to encourage open discussion and better understanding as well as to breakdown stigma associated with disabilities. To accomplish that, the conference aims to generate inclusive dialogues and interdisciplinary interactions between academia, community organizers, social and legal activists, health care service/providers, and religious leaders. The conference will serve as a platform to foster collaboration between various groups engaged in understanding and improving disability conditions.

We invite papers that offer critical analysis of how disabilities have been viewed in historical terms as medical conditions, social/cultural constructs, and as the norms that produce and reproduce perceptions of normalcy or normative bodies. We particularly welcome papers dealing with normalcy narratives, discourse, and issues of stigmas evolving around disabilities in marginalized communities with an emphasis on the intersection of disability (as an identity and minority) with gender, culture, and religion.

Key Topics:

Core conference themes include, but are not limited to:

Disability and identity

Social and cultural construction of disabilities

Religious and cultural perspectives on disability

Bodies and construction of normalcy

Gendered disabilities and feminist approaches to disability

Language terminology and conceptualization of impairment and disability in literary, cultural, and artistic production

Disabilities as social and legal rights issue

Community activism, policy making, and service

Lived experiences, life-writing and narratives of people with disability

We invite proposals of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and thematic conversation. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Panels will be composed of 3- 4 presenters (time must be divided equally among panel presenters allowing 10-15 minutes for questions). Roundtable and thematic conversation may consist of more than three participants. The time for all panel types is one hour.

Key Dates:

Abstracts up to 300 words in Word format must be submitted through the electronic system by October 31, 2021.

You will be notified of the decision by December 15, 2021.

Publication

Conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies.

Preliminary organizing committee members:

Enaya Othman

Tara Baillargeon

Behnam Ghasemzadeh

Michelle Medeiros

Giordana Poggioli-Kaftan

Dana Fritz

Gülnur Demirci

Stefan Reutter

Browse the contents of Interdisciplinary Conference on Disabilities at the Intersection:

2022 Conference: Disability at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health
History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health from a Disability lens
Disability at the Intersection of Culture, Religion, and Health