Syracuse University
Disability Cultural Center

Issue 10 | March 30,2018

DCC News

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations: Have Dog, Will Travel (A Reading with Prof. Steve Kuusisto)

Captioned video of reading on March 19th, with basic image description of scene.

Deconstructing Autism Awareness

SU News

khristian kemp-delisser returns to Syracuse University on Monday as LGBT Resource Center Director

"Following the departure of Tiffany Gray in October, kemp-delisser has been appointed director of Syracuse University’s LGBT Resource Center. Their first day is on Monday. And just like Rob Pusch, the center’s interim director over the past few months, kemp-delisser was a part of the 2001 committee that transformed the LGBT Resource Center from a proposal to a reality."

Nominations for 44 Stars of Excellence Gala and Awards Ceremony

 Hello Student Org Leaders and Advisors!

It's that time of year again to nominate your student org or an individual student to be recognized for the outstanding work that's been done all year! Nominations are only open until April 8th, so act now. You can submit as many entries as you like for each award and category, but you must submit separate entries for each award.

Descriptions of each awards and the nomination forms can be found by following this link:

The 44 Stars of Excellence Gala and Awards Ceremony will be held on April 19, 2018 starting at 5:30pm in the Goldstein Auditorium in Schine.
Forever Orange,
Sarah Cappella

Calls for Papers, Conferences, Participants, and Scholarships

SUNY Cortland Annual Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is April 14th

On behalf of the SUNY Cortland Multicultural and Diversity Office, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to attend our 9th Annual Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which is being held on Saturday, April 14th 2018.


The purpose of this conference is to give students an academic conference experience from start to finish, where they gain skills to help them pursue their education. Students and their faculty mentor will move through the conference experience from the Call for Proposal to presentation. This interdisciplinary conference is also a space where students, faculty and staff can explore diversity as it relates to their discipline. In addition to the student presentations, we are offering a faculty/staff professional development track. This will give professionals from various offices, including multicultural affairs the opportunity to gain insight and exchange ideas on the practices they use to promote equity and inclusion on their campuses.


Registration is now open and the form can be found online using the following link:  


Student Presenter Registration: $15


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, the Conference Co-Chair, at: 607-753-4160 or


Thank you for your time!




Christina M. Papaleo, ’14

Residence Hall Director, Hendrick Hall

Residence Life Liaison, Multicultural Life and Diversity Office (MLDO)

SUNY Cortland

Phone: (607) 753-4160



CFP AAA 2018: Embodied Trust: Sensing, Marking, and Being in Unstable Worlds-Deadline April 6th

Dear all, 

We invite you to submit abstracts to the proposed panel for the forthcoming AAA meeting.


Call for abstracts:


Panel proposal: Embodied Trust: Sensing, Marking, and Being in Unstable Worlds

Dates: AAA Annual Meeting 2018, November 14-18, 2018

Location: San Jose, CA


Organizers: Charlie Lotterman (Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University,, Svetlana Borodina (Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University,



What makes a subject, thing, feeling, sensation or thought trustworthy in and across various social contexts? Anthropological scholarship has thoroughly engaged with the social side of trust in various valances: politically-inflected trust in domestic and international arenas (Herdt 2003, Hearn 2016, Kaplan 2014, Masco 2006, Verdery 2014); crime and the legal-political categorization of criminality (Paoli 2003, Schneider and Schneider 2003); the challenges of trust within the entanglements of healthcare practices (Grimen 2009, Doucet-Battle 2016, Ostherr et al 2017); and the struggles of precarious or marginalized subjects, and others, to advocate for their own trustworthiness (Daniel and Knudsen 1995, Ticktin 2011). Additionally, questions of trust betrayed have anchored diverse ethnographies of various forms of sociality (Ali 2016, Liisberg 2015). In such cases, anthropologists have come to rich understandings of the contingencies of trust for and within the social order. This panel, however, seeks a more embodied and intimate assessment of the ways that trust is made a salient register through which individual persons

and social collectivities take shape. It will examine the ways that conceptions of trust mediate connections between embodied knowledge, capacities, and subjectivities. In doing so it aims to expand the literature by asking how trust is individually constructed through particular forms of relationality, while not losing

sight of the ways that such forms of embodied trustworthiness still meaningfully alter, and are altered by, social worlds and networks.


How do one’s sensory and epistemic practices make them trustworthy or untrusted? How do trust and trustworthiness affect the individual bodies and intimacies that they can afford? Through what registers is trust (and trustworthiness) conceptualized, and what are its consequences? Which secondary concepts get pulled into the mediation of trust, and to what effect? How do competing conceptions of trust rub together? Who can make claims about the trustworthiness of divergent patterns of sensory perception, cultures of feeling, or paradigms of knowledge? Does becoming untrusted necessitate marginalization?


We seek papers that respond to such questions, and more, through ethnographic work centering on:

•        The body, embodiment, and being

•        Senses, capacities, and citizenship

•        Affects and knowledge

•        Emotions, rationality, and truth

•        Technologies of the body and bodily enhancements

•        Practices of care

Overall, this panel seeks to untangle how social trust matters through, and emerges in, techniques of the body and embodied forms of knowledge. 


Discussant: TBA


If you are interested, please send your abstracts and titles to Charlie Lotterman ( and Svetlana Borodina ( by April 6, 2018.


Svetlana Borodina

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Anthropology

Rice University

Houston, Texas

CFP: Disability, Activism and the Academy: Time for Renewal?

Call for Papers: Special Issue 2019

Deadline: 31 August 2018

Disability, Activism and the Academy: Time for Renewal?

Disability & Society

Our 2019 Special Issue aims at keeping alive the original values and intentions of the journal to bridge the gap between the academy and activists in the disability arena. Through the pages of Disability & Society we have always wanted to reflect debates and struggles taking place locally, nationally and internationally to improve the lives of disabled people according to the priorities of disabled people themselves.

In the next Special Issue we wish to bring together fresh insights into the relationship between disability, activism and the academy and to explore how this is playing out against the backdrop of very difficult times in which disabled people are bearing the brunt of global upheavals and conflicts, austerity policies and the changing nature of political activism amongst disabled people.

We invite contributions which will examine the relationship between disability, the academy and activism in relation to any chosen themes. Back in our first Editorial of 1986 it was said ‘we do not wish the journal to be viewed as a vehicle for merely representing professional perspectives. Thus we want to encourage the consumers of services and people with disabilities to speak for themselves’. We strongly encourage articles written in partnership for the Special Issue, though this is not a prerequisite for submission.

Submissions might focus on:

Examples of collaborative activist projects

Inclusive research and development strategies

The role of changing technologies in activism

How accessible is the academy?

Power relationships and the reality of participation in decision-making processes

Disability policy and service user agendas

The work of service user representative organisations

Globalisation and the changing nature of political activism amongst disabled people

Papers which seek to place debates within the conditions of oppression shared by others involved in liberation struggles.

There is an established well-informed international audience for the journal. Authors are expected to consider this wide readership and to exhibit knowledge of previously-published articles when submitting their work for consideration.

This Special Issue will be published in 2019.

Submission Procedures

Submissions should be made online at the Disability & Society ScholarOne Manuscript site ( ). New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.  Maximum word length is 8,000 words (excluding bibliography).

The final deadline for receipt of papers is 31st August 2018.

No papers will be considered after this date.

For further advice on the submission procedure please go to:

Disability and Society

News and Announcements

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council; Exceptional Family Resources’ Reaching for the Stars 2018 Conference

The general details for Exceptional Family Resources’ Reaching for the Stars 2018 Conference are as follows:

•        Title:  “Boundaries & Ethics:  Keys to Establishing Working Relationships among People with Disabilities, Families and Professionals”

•        Presenter:  Robin M. Kohn, MSW, LCSW of the University of Central Florida

•        Date:  Friday, April 13, 2018  (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Registration from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

•        Venue:  Justin’s Tuscan Grill, 6400 Yorktown Circle, East Syracuse, NY 13057 (less than 1 mile from NYS Thruway Exit 35)

•        Additional Contact Information: Available in the conference brochure (attached)

(Note: The DDPC is assisting us with some amount of funding support for attendance at the conference by individuals with disabilities and their families.)

The conference brochure and registration form are attached.


NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council


One Commerce Plaza

Suite 1230

Albany, New York  12210


Phone: 1-800-395-3372


Queering Ability Podcast

Please note comment re: access from Dr. Wendy Harbour. Thanks, Wendy. 


CSGI and the Coalition for Disability at ACPA are happy to announce the debut of the Queering Ability podcast, a narrative series that explores the stories and lived experiences of queer individuals with disabilities. The first two episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. Subscribe and listen to the podcast at the links below. Have an interest in participating? Make sure you sign up to be a guest at


To access the podcast go to:

Apple Podcasts:


Google Play:


** Note from Wendy – transcripts are not available to make these podcasts accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people, but I’ve already asked them for this.



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