SDS@OSU 2021 PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS SUBMISSIONS -- April 17-20, 2021 Virtual Conference
Call for Proposals—The original due date was November 19, 2020. The REVISED DUE DATE is November 30, 2020.

SDS Contact Information:

If you encounter problems with this form, or you wish to submit your proposal in another format, or you have questions about your submission process, please contact Devva Kasnitz,

Visit the Society for Disability Studies website for more information, updates, and Membership portal. The link to this submission form is also our website, as is a version that you can download as a PDF and submit by mail:

If you have questions about the Conference structure or content, please contact the Program Chairs:
Holly Pearson:
Joanne Woiak:

Instructions for submitting your proposal: This form starts by collecting details from the "Corresponding Author or Organizer." It then asks about your submission format and participants. Submissions are tagged by the email address and title that you provide. Please do NOT change either of these. Abstracts and Participants' email and biographies will appear on the conference program.

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to co-conference for the 4th time with The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability conference in April 2021. SDS plans to schedule conference events April 17-20, 2021.

Generously funded by The Ohio State University and the Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowment, the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference is extending its support to include SDS. Now in its 21st year, the OSU conference, running April 19-20, 2021, expands perspectives on disability and enhances community resources for a broad and diverse audience.

The SDS@OSU activities, which begin April 17, 2021, are open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. For information about becoming an SDS member or renewing for 2021 (no one is turned away for an inability to pay), please visit our website: Your membership status will be checked at registration.

We welcome proposals in all areas of disability studies, but especially those submissions premised on the SDS@OSU theme. We strongly encourage folks to collaborate as a form of community care during these times, and to submit works in progress. We typically accept one presentation per person or as lead author, but additional submissions may be considered if there is space on the program.

OUR THEME: DEEP SIGH: (Re)Centering Activism, Healing, Radical Love, Emotional Connection and Breathing Spaces in Intersectional Communities

During these turbulent times of racial injustice and disappointing leadership(s), amplified by the current pandemic and climate crisis, the world is (has been, and continues to be) hurting, while some have been thriving at the expense of ‘others’. Right now, we need to take a step back and listen and learn from those who are members of some of the most vulnerable communities, in particular historically multiply marginalized communities. Pain, trauma, and vulnerability manifest in a myriad of ways. Rather than sweeping these issues under the rug, we want to invite folks to breathe for a moment and take space/time to (re)connect with their surroundings and with each other, while becoming attuned to the aches, tightness, and tweaks that our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies convey.

This is a moment for a deep sigh,
a moment of “I am present,”
a moment of becoming aware of how much wear and tear our mind, body, and spirit
have embodied, toiled over,
especially in the past several months of “what just happened?!”

We all have a collection of spoons of different sizes within reach. We all have experienced trauma and pain. We all co-exist in structures of systemic intersectional oppression. We are weary in bodymind and spirits. Acknowledging this is way overdue: we need to embolden community spaces where the voices and lived experiences of those who are most vulnerable are amplified—disabled immigrants, transpeople, BIPOC, queer communities, gender non-conforming identities and expression, non-binary sexual identities and expression, and disabled folks who are houseless, incarcerated or practice a maligned religion. It is imperative to center the voices and lived experiences of ostracized groups by hearing/reading/watching them roar. RIGHT NOW, this is not about another academic piece, another line on the resume, another polarizing conversation (you are right and I’m wrong), but rather about the recognition of life and death, access, dignity, justice, and humanity, with passion and humor.

How can we actively engage with one another in a way that acknowledges our different levels of privilege, power, oppression, energy, resilience, and access to resources and opportunities? When does one speak out, and when does one listen, avoiding performative allyship? How can we build networks of care and community resources in a toxic capitalistic climate and a world of pollution, global warming, and wildfires, which gradually contaminates, weaponizes, and transforms everything into commodities based on a vicious cycle of supply and demand? Collectively, let’s cease allowing this atmosphere to silo us, creating a deep cold spell of isolation. These issues impact us all. There is nothing wrong with us! That’s just what we are led to think and feel. Let’s take a long deep inhale and then exhale out the cold spell lodged within by coming together and sharing what spoons we can spare—living and breathing compassion. Let’s consider not only our struggles, but also the possibilities already blossoming in the present, and cocoon each other with love, compassion, and fresh air.

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