York University's Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Conference - April 9th, 2013

York University’s Critical Disability Studies Student Association (CDSSA) will be holding its 9th annual graduate student conference on Saturday, April 6th, 2013  at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The conference is meant to showcase graduate students across the globe and their work relating to themes and issues within the scope of Critical Disability Studies.

The event is interdisciplinary. The reviewing committee would also welcome artists to submit up to 3 slides of their work in photography, mixed media, works on paper, video, or sculpture exploring art and aesthetics related to the discipline of Critical Disability Studies.

Call for papers: 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.

Important dates and details:

Please submit a 150-200 word abstract proposals for presentations by January 7th, 2013 as attachments in Microsoft Word format to All abstracts will be reviewed by the CDSSA adjudication committee. Authors might be asked to present their work as posters instead of as paper presentations.

All presenters must register for the conference. Registration deadline is March 15th, 2013 and is FREE.  Presentations will be scheduled in 20 minute sessions.  For those requiring disability accommodations, registration deadline is February 28th, 2013.

Keynote Speaker:

Irit Shimrat

Creating “Crippled” and “Crazy”: Resisting Social Constructions of Disability and Mental Illness
Irit Shimrat describes herself as an "escaped lunatic" who has survived various psychiatric diagnoses, many hospitalizations and an equal number of incidents of forced psychiatric treatment. She is the author of Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement (Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1997) and of two CBC Ideas radio shows criticizing psychiatry (1991 and 1992). In 1990 she co-founded the Ontario Psychiatric Survivors’ Alliance. She is currently working on several writing projects.
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