Symposium Application Form
This call is also available in ASL, LSQ and French.
Symposium Invitation for Presenters, Performers, and Discussants
Inviting Movements: Emerging Critical Disability & Deaf Perspectives and Practices
Concordia University, Montreal
May 4th & 5th, 2016
Application Due Date: January 10th, 2016
Application languages: Please submit your application in a word document or video in one of the following languages: English, French, ASL, or LSQ
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(or complete this application form)
This symposium is an invitation for members of our communities to share differing perspectives and practices in the hopes of enabling our communities to move together. It is an invitation to come watch a screening of Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch’s documentary “Invitation to Dance”. It is an invitation to those working from critical perspectives within disability, Deaf, neurodiversity, mad, illness, crip, and other social justice movements to discuss ideas of disability, art, and movement that emerge from the screening. It is an invitation, especially for those working within Quebec, coming from Quebec, or wanting to connect better to Quebecois movements, to engage publicly with the specificity of our experiences and movements. It is an invitation to share differing perspectives and practices within and between our movements, languages, and disciplines, in hopes of creating new ways of understanding our pasts, of cooperating in the present, and of imagining our futures.
We come to this call because of a (re)emergence and incredible growth of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group in Montreal, over the last two years. Although Quebec has a long history of activism, art, and of some individual academics working on disability, these two years there has been a major increase in disability and Deaf research and activism, and an unprecedented movement towards connecting activists, artists, and academics together. We hope, through this symposium, to invite many more to this movement, and to deepen our understandings of, engagements with, accountability to, and generative learning from each other’s perspectives and practices.
We apologize for the short timeline of this call, and encourage people to submit thoughts, works, performances and videos either completed or in progress. Each presentation, performance, or video should be no longer than 20 minutes. Should you require more time for reasons of accessibility, please let us know in your application.
The call is open to everyone, but we are most interested in inviting those invested in working with(in) the specific intercultural and inter-movement dynamics of Quebec. Students and non-academics working critically in the area will be prioritized for at least two thirds of the speaking spots. We will also centre the perspectives and practices of Deaf, disabled, and otherwise marginalized people in discussions. We will contact all those who submit in order to let them know about the success of their application, as well as to discuss accessibility.
If you are interested in the call, but do not wish to submit, we encourage you to attend or to contact us at
to join our conference leadership or volunteer team.
Are you a student?
Are you a community member?
(activist, artist, etc)
Affiliation (University & Department, or Organization if applicable):
Working Title of Presentation/ Conversation/ Performance or Video:
100 -150 word abstract or summary:
Subthemes (please check at least one):
We will attempt to create panels that place people with differing perspectives in dialogue with each other, some of these panels could center around dialogues between:
Deaf and disability perspectives and practices
Francophone and anglophone perspectives and practices
ASL and LSQ perspectives and practices
Indigenous and colonizer perspectives and practices
Mad, neurodiverse, and disability perspectives and practices
Crip and Queer, Perspectives and practices
Rights based perspectives and practices, in conversation with non-rights approaches
Postcolonial, intercultural, and critical race perspectives and practices
Trans and disability studies perspectives and practices
Artistic creation and artistic representation perspectives and practices
(Please offer up to 100 words about why you want to come to this conference. Feel free to include information about how your education, publications, art, work, or life experiences that tie into the conference themes):
Accessibility: What else can we do to ensure that you can fully, safely, and meaningfully participate?
The conference will be wheelchair accessible and ASL and LSQ interpreted.
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