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Call for Papers: Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity (26th-27th March 2012, Hawaii, USA)

The Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity is being held 26th-27th March 2012 in Honolulu, HI (at the Hawai‘i Convention Center).

The Pacific Rim International Conference (Pac Rim) on Disability & Diversity has been widely recognized over the past 27 years as one of the most “diverse gatherings” in the world.  Each year the conference hews to its traditional areas which have bred much of the interdisciplinary research and educational advances of the last three decades. But each year new topics are introduced to stimulate discussion and change.  This year, those topic areas include:

Intersectionality, Disability Culture, and Global Change

Disability Studies approaches disability as a social and cultural phenomena in which localized and global interpretations include socio-cultural, historical, political and rights-based perspectives. The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity topic area, Disability Studies: Intersectionality, Disability Culture, and Global Change, seeks to imagine and convey the role of Disability Studies in all areas of academic scholarship and within cultural, gender, race, and ethnic studies. We welcome proposals in any area of Disability Studies, including: – How scholars within and outside of typical disability studies curricula are incorporating disability studies in teaching and research. – Current developments and national and global approaches to Disability Studies programs – Historical and contemporary perspectives about Disability Studies – Impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Disability Studies, Disability Culture, and Global Change – The role of the Internet and technology, including social networking, distance learning, Universal Design and online research tools, on Disability Studies research and dissemination – How has Disability Studies impacted other disciplines, including feminist and queer studies, American Studies, sociology, psychology, and other academic fields – The ways in which Disability Culture has informed Disability Studies, cultural, gender, race, ethnic, film, arts & cultural studies

Proposals in any presentation format are welcomed. Please see presentation formats on the webpage at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions/presenters/formats/

Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

For more information about this topic area, contact: Megan Conway mconway@hawaii.edu; Steve Brown sebrown@hawaii.edu; Norma Jean Stodden nstodden@hawaii.edu or Holly Manaseri hmanser@hawaii.edu.

For general information on the conference please contact Charmaine Crockett ccrocke@hawaii.edu 

For information on registration please contact Michael Corlew prreg@hawaii.edu

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