Canadian Disability Studies Association 2017 Student Paper Competition

CDSA 2017 Student Paper Competition


● Students must be currently enrolled at undergraduate or graduate level at any Canadian college or university

● Students must be the sole author of the submission


● Submissions should follow the guidelines of The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed journal (please see

● Only original work is to be submitted

● Only unpublished work is to be submitted

● Work should aim to make substantive contributions to knowledge

● Students should demonstrate how their work is situated within the discipline and within existing literature, specifically regarding this year’s conference theme of “From far and Wide: The Next 150.” Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words including references

● Papers will be peer-reviewed by disability studies undergrad and graduate students. REWARDS FOR TOP THREE SUBMISSIONS:

● Monetary reward (first place: $500, second place: $300, third place: $200)

● Reserved spot to present at the 2017 CDSA-ACEI Conference.

Please note: The award winners are not required to attend and present at the CDSA-ACEI conference and CDSA-ACEI cannot cover the cost of travel to the conference. However, CDSA-ACEI has a number of student scholarships available to help cover the cost of attending this conference. Applicants to this competition are welcome to apply for a student scholarship.

Please visit our website for more information on these scholarships:

● Acknowledgment on CDSA-ACEI website and other promotional materials

● Opportunity to submit to Canadian Journal of Disability Studies for peer-review *Note that should there be no suitable entries, prizes will not be awarded* Deadline for Paper Submission: April 15, 2017 (Email to with Student Paper Competition in the subject line) Please direct any inquiries to Kim Collins, CDSA-ACEI Student Representative: 


The Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur L’Incapacité held its first annual meeting at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in May 2004. In 2004, the association began building the foundation for our organization based on the By-Laws adopted on June 1, 2005 at CDSA-ACEI’s 2nd Annual Conference at the University of Western Ontario in London. That same year CDSA-ACEI became a "provisional" member association of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences. CDSA-ACEI is dedicated to:

•Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and scholarship regarding disability,

•Networking among individual members, community groups, and other academic organizations, and

•Maintaining and building a commitment to a scholarship that remains connected to, informed by, and in ongoing dialogue with community and consumer organizations and agencies.

An essential value of the CDSA-ACEI is the promotion of the “Nothing About Us Without Us” approach to research and scholarship. That is to say, we intend to maintain a firm commitment to supporting research and scholarship which is fully inclusive of and informed by the perspectives of people with disabilities. It is a central value of the CDSA-ACEI to bring uniquely Canadian perspectives into the global scholarship that is currently growing regarding disability issues and disability rights.