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Call for Papers for ‘Disability Studies: Every Body In’ Inaugural Conference

Event: Disability Studies: Every Body In ~ Inaugural Conference

Date: Sunday 27th November – Wednesday 30th November 2011

Location: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Brief Description: Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that focuses on the experiences, perspectives, rights and leadership of disabled people. Interpreting disability within a social justice framework, Disability Studies encourages the exploration of disability issues across a wide range of disciplines as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, health, and educational contexts.

The aim of this inaugural conference is to provide a forum for people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to share their knowledge and research with others. We warmly welcome the participation of:

  • People with impairments, family/whānau, support people
  • Educators, practitioners, service providers
  • Legal, business and community representatives
  • Policy makers, government employees
  • Researchers, students (including school, undergraduate and postgraduate students)
  • Anyone who has an interest in disability and social justice matters

Call for Papers: The conference theme, Every Body In, is deliberately broad, in the hope that presentation topics and means of delivery will reflect the diverse nature of Disability Studies. We welcome innovative and creative presentations that are engaging and accessible, and that reflect a wide range of experiences, knowledge and research regarding disability matters in national and international contexts. The conference will be structured to encourage participants to meet and interact within and across particular interest and sector groups.

Keynote Speakers include: Anne Hawker (President of Rehabilitation International); Professor Patricia O’Brien (Chair in Disability Studies & Director, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney) and; Dr Tom Shakespeare (Author, social scientist, bioethicist and editor of the World Report on Disability)

Importatn dates and details:

  • Please submit proposals for presentations by 26 June 2011 using the format provided on the conference website.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed and abstracts published online as part of the conference proceedings.
  • Presenters will be notified by 17 July 2011 of the acceptance of their proposal.
  • All presenters must register for the conference. Registration details will be available by the end of April.
  • Presentations will be scheduled in 25 minute sessions (20 minute presentations; 5 minute discussion).
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