Canadian Disability Studies Association - Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition / Concours de communications d’étudiant(e)s -

2019 Student Paper Competition

16th Annual Conference of the

Canadian Disability Studies Association

Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap

June 1-3, 2019

University of British Columbia

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences


    Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at any Canadian college or university


    Students must be the sole author of the submission
    Students may only submit one entry
    Submissions must be original and unpublished
    Both essays and research papers are accepted
    Students who are already accepted to present at this year’s conference may submit to the student paper competition either with work relating to their accepted presentation or with different work
    Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words including references
    Referencing should follow standard APA, MLA, or Chicago guidelines


    Papers will be anonymously peer-reviewed by a panel of undergraduate and graduate students.

    Students should demonstrate how their work is situated within the discipline and existing literature.

    Papers will be assessed on the following:
        Writing and communication
            Clarity of purpose
            Argument development
            Paper structure
            Critical analysis
            Writing style and flow
        Engagement with the field/s of Disability Studies, Mad Studies, and/or Deaf Studies
        Evidence of a nuanced understanding of these disciplines and/or related politics
        Demonstrates importance of the topic explored
        Contribution to questions, knowledge, and/or understandings related to Disability/Mad/Deaf studies and/or disability justice


    First place:
        Monetary reward of $200
        Reserved spot to present at the 2019 CDSA-ACÉH conference in Vancouver, BC, either in person or remotely
            Please note this spot is only reserved for papers that have not already been accepted for presentation through the CDSA-ACÉH Call for Papers. If the student is already accepted to present at the conference but submits a paper to this competition on a separate topic, they will still be eligible for a second reserved spot to present.
            Please note students are not required to attend or present at the conference. Please see the website for more information about available conference bursaries.
        Two one-hour consultations with Leslie Kern Coaching on how to begin to prepare the paper for submission to peer-reviewed journals (
    First, second, and third place:
        Acknowledgement on the CDSA-ACÉH website and Facebook page.

*Note: should there be no suitable entries, prizes will not be awarded.*


    Deadline for Paper Submission: April 15, 2019
    Please e-mail your submission with the subject line “Student Paper Competition” to
    Please direct any inquiries to the current CDSA-ACÉH Student Representative, Caroline Kovesi, at

Winners will be announced by the last week of May 2019.