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Call for papers: Bodily Differences – Social and Scientific Technologies of Self-Making

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:37 am

Call for papers: Bodily Differences – Social and Scientific Technologies of Self-Making
Another one via FRIDA:

more here

CFP: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:31 am

CFP: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’
January 20, 2009 — stremain | Edit

RGS/IBG annual conference 2009, Manchester (www.rgs.org/AC2009)
2nd Call For Papers: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’
see here

CFP: Disorderly Conduct

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:27 am

thanks to the what sorts of people blog

CFP: Disorderly Conduct (July 24-26, 2009)
January 18, 2009 — stremain | Edit

Interdisciplinary Conference
July 24-26, 2009
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Keynote speaker: Dr. Steven Angelides, Department of Women’s Studies, Monash University

Other featured speakers will be confirmed for the release of the official conference announcement to follow.

The conference, “Disorderly Conduct” will bring together scholars from around the world and from such disciplines as sociology, philosophy, health studies, history, women’s studies, and medicine to explore and problematize the notion of a “disorder”. The conference seeks to bring front-line medical and mental health personnel who treat various “disorders” together with humanities, social science and health and disability studies scholars who work (in one way or another) on theoretical questions related both to specific “disorders” and to the notion of a disorder simpliciter. In workshops and symposia, conference participants will engage questions like the following: What, if any, are the downsides of being diagnosed with a disorder? Does the concept of a disorder provide treatment advantages or disadvantages? Are there other advantanges or disadvantages that it incurs ? besides those related to the treatment itself ? for those diagnosed with a disorder? Can we reasonably expect to avoid problems of stigmatization and marginalization by turning to a medicalized language of disorder to apprehend and explain embodied difference?

Conference organizers kindly invite submissions from scholars and health (physical and mental) professionals in all disciplines. Abstracts (500 words), papers (2500 words, 20 minute papers for delivery in 30 minute time slots), symposium proposals, workshop proposals, and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered. Proposals for symposia should include the names and affiliations of all participants and their papers or abstracts. Authors submitting abstracts should be prepared to submit final versions of their papers to the conference organizers by June 30.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed; names should appear only on a cover page, and cover pages should be attached in a separate file. Authors’ names or other identifying information should be removed from the properties of files before submission. Authors should indicate on their title pages if they wish to have their submissions considered for inclusion in the published proceedings of the conference . All submissions should be emailed to both Morgan Holmes at mholmes at wlu dot ca and at Shannon Dea at sjdea at uwaterloo dot ca by midnight February 27, 2009. Authors should expect to know the decision of the program committee by around March 1, 2009.

Authors might consider submitting a proposal concerning one of the following (but should not feel confined by what is merely intended as a suggestive list):

*What relationship (if any) holds between the concepts, diagnosis and treatment of gender identity disorder and disorders of sexual development?
* What lessons should the editors of the inchoate DSM V take from the DSM IV?
* Is old age treated as a disorder? Should it be?
* What role does “big pharma” play in the identification of various disorders?
* Does our current notion of a disorder adequately reflect our understanding of the social determinants of health? *How can we use the concept of “disorderly conduct” to subvert the use of labelling practices and normative medicine?

Conference organizers are currently seeking federal funding to support this conference. Contingent upon their success, they may be able to financially assist speakers with their travel and accommodations costs.

For more information on “Disorderly Conduct,” see the conference website at http://arts.uwaterloo.ca/~sjdea/.
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Some further ableism coverage on the net

In General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance on January 22, 2009 at 3:22 am

2) here
3) here
4) here

These are just four examples of the use of ableism which shows up in my inbox with a Google alert for the term ‘ableism’ in the last couple of days.

Most mails about ableism see ableism as part of a list like sexism, racism… . Very rarely do writings consider how ableism actually can be a contributing factor to other isms such as sexism, racism… . (see various papers ind the bibliography of this blog that cover that aspect of ableism).

Some blogs that use the term ableism

In General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance on January 18, 2009 at 5:14 am

Ableism Casts A Library Pallor Yet Again

Ableism Online Analysis of Web Accessibility Policymaking and Implementation in Higher Education

New York City: Take Direct Action Against Ableism!

Livin’ in an ableist world

Ableism and the Eugenics of Peter Singer

Disability Is Different, Right? Ableism vs. Other Forms of Discrimination

Anti-Ableism Committee Meeting


Ableism and the Blind

The Cheery Ableism of the Olympics

Neuroscience, Ableism, John Dewey & Me

ableism and male privelege

Blogging against Disablism