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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Chicago Disability Studies Conference Intersectionality & Disability, April 15, 2016

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) will be hosting the 2016 Chicago Disability Studies Conference Intersectionality & Disability, April 15, 2016. The following information is posted at :

Presented by the Disability Studies Student Council
A one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on intersectionality and disability. This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Papers from outside disability studies, undergraduates, non-UIC students, and activists are welcome. Intersectionality, which originated in the writing and scholarship of Black feminists and queer women of color is one of the most prominent frameworks for understanding multiple and intersecting identities and forms of oppression (AnzaldĂșa, 1987; Combahee River Collective, 1977; Crenshaw, 1991; Lorde, 1984). Intersectionality challenges the idea that an individual’s lived experience is grounded in a single social identity and that aspects of oppression can be examined and understood singularly (Bowleg, 2008).
Intersectionality is not about categories of identification, but about how categories (ie., race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, immigrant status, nationality, disability, weight, and age) meet and interlock.
The need for intersectional analyses that include disability is becoming increasingly important, by addressing questions such as:➔ How does police brutality, criminalization and incarceration affect people with disabilities who also hold other marginalized identities, such as women, people of color, queer and trans* people, and old people?
➔ How do compulsory systems work together to produce and maintain oppression throughout history and the present?
➔ What do intersectional analyses of films, television shows, and other media reveal about cultural discourses around disability and other forms of identity?
➔ What do intersectional analyses of disability art reveal about disability culture and its potential to promote radical alternative representation?
➔ How does intersectionality contribute to experiences of inequitable access to health services that contribute to disparities in health outcomes?
We invite the community to consider these questions and others as they submit papers that address the theme of intersectionality and disability by February 15th 2016 at 11:59 PM. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Questions and to request accommodations,
contact DSSC President Lex Owen at: abolya2@uic.edu
Submit Abstracts at http://goo.gl/forms/MoxJgNChT5

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