1 link 19 November 2013

Inside Higher Ed: Disabilities Studies Meeting Wasn't Accessible to Those with Disabilities

“Access is a problem. No thought is really put into cultivating professors with a disability or students with a disability. And what happens is disability becomes a spectacle and it becomes a problem that has to be managed and solved," Peace said. "What took place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges was a microcosm of what could happen at any place.”

FB Group: Beneath the SURFACE: Disability and Popular Culture

I've now spent more than fifteen minutes on Facebook, and I'm still overwhelmed. Perhaps this group will be of interest to us?

Beneath the SURFACE: Disability and Popular Culture
is a digital repository that will provide scholars, practitioners, editors, and its own readership with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream cultures both nationally and internationally. Genres and subgenres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly literature will be showcased.

Tragically, they first chose an offensive name, which lives on in its URL
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TwihardsGleeksAndAvatards

(academia) CFP: Disability Studies Area, Southwest PCA (deadline Nov. 1st)

Call for Papers: Disability Studies Area 35th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
“Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2014

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2013
Submission Address: http://conference2014.southwestpca.org/ Read more... )
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cfp: Anthology on disability and graphic literature

Disability Studies has always paid lip service to including contributions from community members (aka "independent scholars.") Here's a chance for folks who've thought about comics to share their ideas with a wider audience. I've seen that one really great article from an outsider can have a deep impact on how academia perceives the world, theorizes about it, and thus teaches us to shape it.

I wish I were that writing person, but maybe you are?

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We invite proposals for chapters in a volume on disability and graphic literature for the new Literary Disability series from Palgrave Macmillan edited by David Bolt, Elizabeth Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative will scrutinize the ways that disability has been employed in comic books, graphic nonfiction, graphic novels, underground comix, and/or webcomics. Our aim is to interrogate standard assumptions about disability and sequential art in order to open up new approaches and potential collaborations between both of these vital areas of study.

Some possible but not exclusive topics include analyses of the range of representations of disabled figures in both superhero comics and graphic narratives; considerations of the role of the visual in offering multimodal engagement with the textual experience of disability (beyond character, plot, and theme); critical investigations of how the systems of meaning associated with disability studies (see Donna Haraway, Tobin Siebers, and others) overlap with or challenge the language of sequential art (as theorized by Thierry Groensteen, Scott McCloud, and others); extended examinations of specific comic book characters (such as Batgirl/Oracle, Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Professor Xavier, or Cyborg/Victor Stone); delineations of disability as an organizing logic in ongoing graphic series (like Fantastic Four and Doom Patrol); and theorizations of the role of disability in the texts of individual graphic narrative writers (such as David B., Alison Bechdel, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Harvey Pekar, and Chris Ware).

Send 500-word abstracts to Chris Foss (cfoss@umw.edu), Jonathan Gray (jgray@jjay.cuny.edu), and Zach Whalen (zwhalen@umw.edu) by Dec 15th.
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FANTASTIC! HEROIC! DISABLED? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON

[Jesse notes: This is a call for proposals for an academic conference in disability studies, not an actual event at any Comic-Con]

This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

April 2013 - Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY USA

DEADLINE for Proposals EXTENDED until: January 25, 2013

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).

More details available on their site:
http://crippingthecon.com/?page_id=63&wpmp_tp=1

I've linked to the mobile version because the full-screen is not very accessible to me as a large print user (and WordPress sites, I've heard it told, are wicked difficult to make accessible). See my next post.

Web: http://crippingthecon.com or http://crippingthecon.info
Twitter: [twitter.com profile] cripcon
Facebook: https://facebook.com/CrippingTheCon

Call for Papers: Mediating Digital Communications in Education

This announcement came over one of my academic listservs. Those of us reading are, in fact, experts in how new communication technologies affect disabled people's lives throughout their education, as well as in adulthood.

The full call is at this link; here are some highlights. highlights of the CFP  )