Event: Annual Pacific Rim Conference: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu
Date: 29th – 30th April 2013
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Disability Studies as a Performative Act
Disability Studies and Culture can be approached from a plethora of angles. As Sandahl and Auslander write, “How do performance events contribute to disability “cultures,” disability identities, and communication between disabled and nondisabled people? What do these performances reveal about who is on the inside of disability culture and who is on the outside? What collaborative strategies have disabled and nondisabled artists used to bridge the gap between their experiences? Are these collaborations equal exchanges between mutually consenting partners, especially when the disabled artists include those with cognitive impairments or the institutionalized.”
The 2013 Disability Studies and Culture topic area will focus on the complexity of identities and how such identities are performed, represented and negotiated. Particular avenues to explore are disability identities in performance art, performing everyday acts, performing political acts and performing Disability Studies. Questions and topics to be submitted for consideration as presentations, posters, or papers might include any of topics in the preceding paragraph. Other topic ideas include:
- What might it mean to call disability a performance? Who’s performing? Who are they performing for?
- How have disability studies changed in the twenty-first century?
- How has disability culture changed in the twenty-first century?
- How has expansion of disability studies curriculum into traditional fields changed disability studies? traditional fields?
- How might online classes have changed the way disability studies is presented (performed)?
We would also like to invite abstract submissions for performances related to Disability Studies and Culture.
We welcome proposals in any presentation format. Please see presentation formats on our Web page 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information about this topic area, contact: Steve Brown, email@example.com, 808-956-0996, Holly Manaseri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-956-9218, Norma Jean Stodden, email@example.com, 808-956-4454, or Megan Conway, firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-956-6166. For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at email@example.com, (808) 956-7539.