Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies

When: July 27 and 28, 2012
Where: University of Minnesota - West Bank

"Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies"

The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many junctures threaten the advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues.

This year's Disability Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights under the theme, "Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies." This conference will bring together scholars and professionals working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion.

Keynotes and Entertainment
The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies is pleased to welcome two Keynote speakers for the conference: Kim Nielsen, Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo; and John Tschida, Vice President, Public Affairs and Research, at the Courage Center. Conference participants will also get to experience a Saturday evening performance by the Twin Cities dance group, "Young Dance." The conference will also include a reading by poet Katie Hae Leo.

Registration
Registration is free, although space is limited this year. Please RSVP by July 16.

Registration is now closed.

Meals
Meals will be provided at no charge during both conference days, and vegetarian meals will be available. If you have special dietary needs, please e-mail Rachel (gara0030@umn.edu). Donations to help off-set the cost of this year's complimentary meals are welcome and may be made on site.

Travel
Lodging for conference participants who are traveling to attend is available from the Days Inn Hotel - University Avenue SE. Participants must pay for their own lodging but can receive a special conference rate of $75 per night. Participants must make their reservation as soon as possible in order to receive the special rate. Participants should indicate that they are part of the Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies when they book.

Accommodations
Participants who would like to request disability accommodations should e-mail Jonathon (warnb001@umn.edu) as soon as possible.

Tentative Presentation Schedule
This schedule is subject to minor changes. Please return to visit frequently.

Friday, July 27

9:00 - 9:45 - Erica Warnock, "Disability Studies and Medical Education" Download Presentation

10:00 - 10:45 - Misa Kayama and Wendy Haight, "Disability, Stigma, and Development: A Japanese Case Study" Download Presentation

11:00 - 11:45 -Jean Higbee and Ashley Horton, "Fulfilling the Promise of Universal Design in Higher Education: Preparing Future Faculty and Student Development Professionals" Download Presentation

12:00 - 12:45 - Keynote address by Kim Nielsen Ph.D,

1:00 - 2:30 - Lunch

3:00 - 3:45 -Richard Clarke Eckert, Ph.D, "Deaf Real Utopias: Deconstructing the "Logic" of Audism" Download Presentation

4:00 - 4:45 - Kelly-Nye Lengerman, "Minnesota's Mental Health System and the American Public Welfare Association: An Opportunity for Progressive Reforms 1940 and Beyond"

5:30 PM-performance by "Young Dance"

6:30 p.m - pizza with "Young Dance" performers


Saturday, July 28

9:00 - 9:45 -Rabia Belt, "Why Do People with Mental Disabilities Lack the Right to Vote?"

10:00 - 10:45 -Alex Lubet, Ph.D,"The War at Home: Disability Studies at the University of Minnesota" Download Syllabus (Word doc) Download Syllabus (PDF)

11:00 - 11:45 -John Tschida keynote address

12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch

2: 00- Move to Afro Deli for remainder of conference

2: 30-3:15 PM- Nina Robins-Byrnes, Ph.D, "Exploring Intimacy after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for TBI Survivors and Their Partners" Download Presentation

3: 30 -4:15 PM-Angela Carter, Ph.D. student, "Reconsidering Chaos: A Queer Critique of Disability Narrative Theory" Download Paper

5:00 PM - dinner banquet at Afro Deli
7 PM "Colors of Disability"-featuring Horace Parlan on Horace Parlan (film about an African-American expatriate jazz pianist with post- polio syndrome) and Music by Prudence (film about a band of musicians with disabilities from Zimbabwe) Reading by Katie Hae Leo, Korean-American poet.

Save the Date: Conference July 27-28, 2012

Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies

When: July 27 and 28, 2012
Where: University of Minnesota - West Bank

"Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies"

The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many junctures threaten the advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues.

This year's Disability Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights under the theme, "Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies." This conference will bring together scholars and professionals working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion.

Keynotes and Entertainment
The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies is pleased to welcome two Keynote speakers for the conference: Kim Nielsen, Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo; and John Tschida, Vice President, Public Affairs and Research, at the Courage Center. Conference participants will also get to experience an evening performance by the Twin Cities adaptive dance group, "Young Dance."

Travel
Lodging for conference participants who are traveling to attend is available from the Days Inn Hotel - University Avenue SE. Participants must pay for their own lodging but can receive a special conference rate of $75 per night. Participants must make their reservation before July 6 in order to receive the special rate and indicate that they are part of the Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies when they book.

Accommodations
Participants who would like to request disability accommodations should e-mail: warnb001@umn.edu as soon as possible.

Call for Papers
Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies

Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies
University of Minnesota
July 27-28, 2012

Deadline Extended to June 15, 2012!

The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many crossroads threaten the advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues. This year's Disability Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights under the theme, "Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies." This symposium will bring together scholars and professionals working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion.

Paper Submissions
Successful submissions for papers will reflect a nuanced, critical understanding of: disability rights as an evolving concept, the implications of disability studies on fields of practice over time, and the changing influences people with disabilities have on society. Authors may submit scholarly articles or narratives/stories, but all submissions must demonstrate thoughtful analysis and high quality scholarship.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your paper to be considered. Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit an 8-page (double-spaced) version or summary of their full papers.

Download the CFP: Call for Papers (Word document)

Dates and Location

The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies will take place at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus on July 27-28th. This symposium is the result of collaboration between the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies, the School of Music, Disability Services and the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. Rooms at the University Days Inn will be reserved for symposium participants at the very reasonable conference rate of $75 but participants will have to cover the full cost of lodging. The hotel provides breakfast and has a free local shuttle service.

Deadline for Papers
Abstracts are due by the extended deadline of June 15, 2012 and should be sent as an attachment to both Joanna O'Connell (oconn001@umn.edu) and Rachel Garaghty (gara0030@umn.edu). Questions may be addressed to either of the above.

About IGGDS

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The IGGDS is the result of nearly 25 years of interest and collaboration from students, faculty, administrators and community members at the University of Minnesota. This long-awaited initiative aims to develop a permanent graduate-level minor in Disability Studies on campus that will attract students and faculty from a diverse array of fields. The IGGDS is competitively funded by the University of Minnesota Graduate School as an Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (IGG).

Already, the IGGDS is composed of students, faculty and staff from over a dozen University departments and programs. Participants in IGGDS come from the following fields:

Participating administrative offices and colleges are:

If you are interested in learning more about the IGGDS or participating in its activities (nearly all of which are free and open to the public) please e-mail Rachel Garaghty (gara0030@umn.edu) or Miriam Krause (krau0067@umn.edu).

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