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March, 08 2018



Mindful Eating: Keeping it Simple and Satisfying

InclusiveU/P2P lecture Series Sponsored by The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education

Participate in 50 Days of Fitness: SU Heart Walk

DSA 2014: Save the Dates

Donate canned food for the Food Bank of CNY

Give blood on campus and save lives

Kicking off Black History Month with Che'Zee!

Black History Month – KICK OFF


A Significant Loss for the SU Community-

New DCC YouTube Video Available!

Learning Communities: open enrollment for current students

Nominate students to be an Orientation Leader

CUSE Collective: Culturally United Students in Entertainment


Request for Research Participants: Romantic couples with one parner who has a disability and one partner who is able-bodied.

The Ohio State University GLBT Aumni Society Announces theJack Miner Scholarship for Transgender Students

CHP Disability and Critical Embodiment

Robert J. Dole Leadership Series

5th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference Call for Proposals

Deadline for Submissions Extended for the 2014 Cultural Studies Association

Call for Papers: French Autopathography: Disability, Disease and Disorders >From First-Person Perspectives



Articles about Disabilities

Doug Bahl, 63, remembered as strong advocate for Minnesota deaf community

SU Happenings

Mindful Eating: Keeping it Simple and Satisfying

Fridays: February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th (please plan to attend all 4 days).
Crouse Hinds Hall, Room 101
Join Nicole Christina, LCSW, local psychotherapist and Mindful Eating Educator and Registered Dietitian Lisa Thomas, RD, for a four-part series to learn about and practice nutritious and mindful eating.  Participants will learn:
  • Health-enhancing ways to improve your relationship with food, based on the latest mind/body research
  • How to understand and interpret your own unique body cues related to hunger and satisfaction
  • Foundations of balanced nutrition, based on the latest science
Open to SU/ESF students.  No cost.  Light refreshments provided.  Spaced is limited.  To reserve your spot and request accommodations, please email List Thomas at lgthom01@syr.edu by January 31, 2014.
Supported by Co-Curricular Fee Funding and sponsored by Health & Wellness Promotions and Health Services.

InclusiveU/P2P lecture Series Sponsored by The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education

Peer Supports for Inclusion in Higher Education            
The greatest resource of every college is its students.  How can traditionally enrolled undergraduates facilitate the inclusion of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities on college campuses?  How can students with intellectual developmental disabilities support traditionally enrolled students? What do students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have to teach their traditionally enrolled peers? This lecture brings together speakers with a variety of experiences in the benefits and advantages to including all learners in post-secondary education. 
·        Jackie Yingling, The Advocacy Center
·        Kathy Costello, Together Including Every Student
·        Stuart Carroll, The College of New Jersey
·        Missy Jones, Northern Kentucky University
Location: Schine Student Center, Room 304 B and C
Date: February 6, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), and gluten-free food provided.  For other accommodation requests,
please email dlkatovi@syr.edu.
About the InclusiveU/P2P Lecture Series
The InclusiveU/P2P Lecture Series is the culmination of a three-year grant awarded to the Taishoff Center from NIDRR to study the topic of higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on:
•     Partnerships with traditionally enrolled undergraduates
•     Exploring the use of current technology (iPads) on campus inclusion
This project is sponsored by a development grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the U.S. Department of Education (Project #H133G100226) to the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.

Participate in 50 Days of Fitness: SU Heart Walk

Register today, as an individual or an SU office team, for the 2014 Heart Walk and be part of SU's Fifty Days of Fitness Challenge. Bring your Heart Walk registration to Recreation Services, Human Resources, or the SU Bookstore, and pick up your FREE PEDOMETER. Log your steps from Feb. 1-Mar. 22. Trophies will be awarded for distances logged, funds raised, and team participation.

Give blood on campus and save lives

The annual February Blood Battle is on February 12 from 2-9 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium. At 7 p.m., the men's basketball game will also be shown on the big screen. Free snacks will be provided.

At this February drive you can sign up to donate during the month-long April Blood Battle, where SU competes against Boston College for the most donations.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS

or visit 

*Not everyone is eligible or able to donate blood, and blood donation is not the only way to support this effort. If you are interested in volunteering, in lieu of donating blood, please call us at (315) 233-6046.

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Donate canned food for the Food Bank of CNY

The annual Can It! food drive to support the Food Bank of Central New York will take place on February 15 at the men's basketball game. Students, faculty and staff are able to purchase cans at the SU bookstore and drop them in the Schine Student Center on February 10th and 14th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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DSA 2014: Save the Dates

A few to note:

Winter Carnival: February 17-22
Nation Orange Day: March 24
White Ribbon Campaign: March 28-April 6
Take Back the Night: April 9, 7 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel
Wellness Week: April 21-24
Rainbow Banquet: April 24, 5:30 p.m. at SU Sheraton Hotel
Mayfest: April 25

Please feel free to send additional SAVE THE DATES to 
jcouikah@syr.edu for events/banquets in the spring. Also, please add to DSA calendar as soon as possible.
Orange Central: October 9-12, 2014
Family Weekend: October 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Syracuse Football will play home contests vs. Florida State on Oct. 11 and NC State on Nov. 1. All kick off times are TBA.


The Offices of Alumni Relations and The Parents Office will announce additional event information on their websites as it is confirmed.


Kicking off Black History Month with Che'Zee!

In collaboration with WAER 88.3 and Syracuse University's Office of Multicultural Affairs, we'll be kicking off Black History Month with our latest Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora concert featuring soulful R&B duoChe'Zee on Friday, January 31st at 7pm! Audience members will be moved by Che'Zee's beautiful melodic range and musical styles, which seamlessly blends contemporary R&B, pop folk, and soul rhythms. SU students will be captured by the sultry harmonies of these fiery rising stars. Our audience will also learn more about African American culture through Che'Zee's lyrics, which they use to inspire love, peace, and positivity among the community. 

Che'Zee is an Atlanta based R&B duo that ignites audiences with guitar-led acoustic performances and smooth harmonies that reinvigorate classic soul sounds. Powerhouse vocalists and married couple, Zeno and Chenae Moonflower, have fired up Atlanta's underground music scence by performing at a variety of clubs, open mic nights, music festivals, and the famed Apollo Theater. These R&B newcomers have also caught national attention, with NBC's The Voice expressing interest in their silky sounds. Che'Zee will also be releasing their highly anticipated 10-track EP, "iiKanji," in March 2014.
For more information contact CFAC at 315-442-2230

Black History Month – KICK OFF

Monday, February 3, 2014
Schine Student Center, Rm. 304ABC   |   NOON – 2pm
Please join Office of Multicultural Affairs as we celebrate Black History Month in the Schine Student Center, Room 304 ABC from NOON – 2PM.
For more information contact Cedric Bolton at ctbolton@syr.edu or 315-443-9676

SU News

A Significant Loss for the SU Community-

Very sad news
Bonnie was a wonderful colleague, a friend to the DCC, and dedicated to inclusion and accessibility on our campus and on this planet.  She will be sorely missed.  Rest in peace, Bonnie. 


New DCC YouTube Video Available!

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations, Part III: Lives Worth Living, with Prof. William Peace and Prof. Stephen Kuusisto 
Join us at the Watson Symposium on Bioethics and Disability with Prof. Peace and other distinguished guests, on 4/4/14. Details forthcoming. Stay tuned!


Learning Communities: open enrollment for current students

Online applications are currently begin accepted until midnight on February 12 from current students (whether they live in an LC now or not) interested in living in one of the following LCs: Indigenous Living Learning Community, LIFE: Living in a Free Environment (substance-free floor), or Sophomores in Engineering & Computer Science Learning Community. Register at:http://lc.syr.edu 

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Nominate students to be an Orientation Leader

Do you know students who would make excellent Orientation Leaders? Please nominate them and they will be personally contacted by FYTP and encouraged to apply. All nominations are anonymous.

OL applications are available 
online and are due to FYTP by February 22 at 4 p.m. Questions, contact Lisa Chestney at lchestne@syr.edu.

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CUSE Collective: Culturally United Students in Entertainment 

CUSE Collective: Culturally United Students in Entertainment is a new, potential student organization that seeks to unite all minority students interested in any aspect of the entertainment industry. CC will encourage collaboration and networking among students similar to a collective, as well as acting as a programming board to bring more diverse entertainment options (concerts, films, and public speakers) that reflect the numerous cultures represented on campus.

CC is currently going through the official application process to become a recognized student organization. We are currently looking for additional members to add to the application in order to become officially recognized. Once approved, we will begin programming events and hold elections for executive board positions. All interested please email
jahollow@syr.edu with simply your name and year.
For more information contact Jasmin Holloway at jahollow@syr.edu

Calls for Papers, Conferences, Scholarships, and Participants

Request for Research Participants: Romantic couples with one parner who has a disability and one partner who is able-bodied.

The following solicitation is for research participant purposes:

Perceptions of Disability in Romantic Couples that Contain One Able-Bodied Partner and One Disabled Partner  

In many relationships, one partner has a disability and the other does not.  I am seeking to interview both partners separately to better understand how they perceive disability affects various aspects of their lives together (e.g. socializing, household duties etc) and what, if any, differences there are in their perceptions or the significance they attribute to these effects.  This is not evaluative, but attempting to better understand if there are any themes among couples.  Information such as this will contribute to better understanding of disability and intimate relationships, family studies, and societal impact on relationships of this description.

I am a Ph.D. student at Syracuse University where I study the Cultural Foundations of Education and Disability Studies.  I am also Deaf myself and in a relationship with a hearing woman, which contributes to my motivation for conducting this study.

If you agree to participate, you certainly can withdraw from participation at any time without penalty or choose not to respond to any particular question. Interviews will last about an hour each (a total of 1 hour/ partner) and I am more than happy to provide refreshment and any accommodations necessary for the interview.  Interviews can take place at a private location of your choice within a 100 mile radius of Syracuse, NY, in a private office at Syracuse University, or via Skype conference call if you have the technological capabilities for video/audio conferencing.  All personally identifiable information will remain confidential.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Please respond directly to sjsinger@syr.edu and not the listserv.  I thank you in advance for your assistance. Please share this call for participants with other people you know that might be interested in participating.


The Ohio State University GLBT Aumni Society Announces theJack Miner Scholarship for Transgender Students

The GLBT Alumni Society, Scarlet and Gay, a program of The Ohio State University Alumni Association is delighted to announce the addition of its 9th GLBT-focused scholarship. The Jack Miner Scholarship for Transgender Students increases the already record-breaking number of GLBT university-sponsored scholarships for GLBT students in The United States.
The Jack Miner Scholarship, the first university-based scholarship specifically targeting the transgender community in the country, is dedicated to recognizing outstanding students who identify as Transgender and Intersex and students who provide leadership and service within the Transgender and Intersex community. Leadership and service to the community may be defined as service to the campus community, local community or national community or those who are adding to the academic body of work on issues of gender diversity.
Due to the generosity, vision, and leadership of Jack Miner, Senior Associate Registrar of The Ohio State University and past president of the GLBT Alumni Society, this scholarship enhances access for transgender students to achieve a college education.
As part of the announcement, Jack Miner shared "I was inspired to create this scholarship because the university has had so many outstanding leaders in the transgender community. This is an opportunity to recognize their work and to provide access to a campus that already has a strong history of support and encouragement of the transgender community.Jack Miner is credited with founding the GLBT Alumni Society's scholarship program.
Dr. Tayo Clyburn, Executive Director and Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, stated that, "The Office of Diversity and Inclusion stands behind efforts to reward outstanding student leadership on campus, particularly among those whose lived experiences are often marginalized. We also applaud Jack Miner for the role he continues to play in advocating for positive structural changes that enhance the educational experiences of gender non-conforming students."  Another structural change at Ohio State championed by Miner, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Life Multicultural Center, and Undergraduate Admissions inaugurates a new name preference policy via which students can finally, seamlessly and easily, update their University record to indicate a preferred name in their University record that reflects their self-identity.
Broad and long-term partnership building has been the core of the Scarlet and Gay's work.  Angela Wellman, Intercultural Specialist in the Multicultural Center, Office of Student Life stated "The GLBT Alumni Society is a consistent partner with The Student Life Multicultural Center in working to support the positive growth and development of queer students at OSU. The Jack Miner Scholarship for transgender students is an example of our alumni not only seeing a need, but also actively working to fill it. This scholarship sends a firm message that Ohio State is not only affirming of gender-queer and transgender students, but also intentionally seeking to recruit and retain them. We are excited about the increased opportunities that this scholarship will provide to students from this emerging population."
Key leadership across the University cite Miner's role in bringing about positive change. Vern Granger, Associate Vice President for University Admissions and First Year Experience said of Miner "Jack has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusiveness at OSU in all forms, and this scholarship reinforces his commitment to those important values." Scarlet and Gay, the OSU, GLBT Alumni Society recognizes and deeply appreciates Miner's vision. Alumni Society President and Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Garett Heysel stated that: "this 9th option to supplement access to a University education is critical to an inclusive approach to serving all members of our community, and a visionary addition to our portfolio of scholarships.Jack's inspirational leadership remains the bar of eminence to which we all must aspire, and for that we are most grateful."
Ohio State is regularly recognized as a top school for GLBT Students, including recently being named by Campus Pride as one of the top LGBT Friendly Universities in the country.Advocate Magazine has described Ohio State as the top school for transgender students.
For more information on this and/or the other 8 Scholarships available to GLTB students and their allies, please contact Brian Orefice at orefice.1@osu.edu, or go to scarletandgay.com.

CHP Disability and Critical Embodiment

Here is the call for papers for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Disability Studies Division Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association.

The MLA convention will be held Jan 8-11, 2015 in Vancouver.  The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014.

Disability & Critical Embodiment

Disability Studies approaches to ?critical embodiment? articulate an alternative ethics about why disabled lives matter and how pwds re-invent narrow normative practices and beliefs. 250 word proposals, short cv. Contact: Susan Antebi <susan.antebi@utoronto.ca> or David Mitchell dtmitchel@gwu.edu

Please check mla.org for conference details.
And please consider submitting a proposal!

Robert J. Dole Leadership Series

You are invited to attend the AAPD Robert J. Dole Leadership Series taking place on Tuesday – March 18, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

The AAPD Robert J. Dole Leadership Series honors Senator Dole’s lifetime of leadership and encourages people with disabilities to effectively and fully participate in public service. This program is designed to provide participants with comprehensive and long-term leadership skills. Individuals interested in running for public office at the local, state, or federal levels, working for political campaigns, or simply interested in honing their leadership skills and connecting with other leaders should attend this event.  More information about the event the Dole Leadership Series is attached.

To Apply:

·         Please submit resume or expression of interest in attending the Robert J. Dole Leadership Series to Zeenia Irani – zirani@aapd.com

Application deadline – March 8, 2014

TaKeisha S. Bobbitt MA, MS
Managing Director
American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 521-4312
Fax: (866) 536-4461

Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

5th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference Call for Proposals

The COSDI Accessibility Conference Coordinating Committee is pleased to formally announce that the 5th Annual Accessibility Conference will be held on April 25th, 2014 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The Annual Conference will bring together CUNY professionals and others in the fields of higher education and disability to share information, network and receive training that will enhance their knowledge and skills to help provide access to higher education by students with disabilities.
In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the CUNY Council on Student Disability Issues (COSDI) invites you to submit proposals in the areas listed below for the 5th Annual Accessibility Conference to be held on April 25th, 2014 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in New York City.
Purpose: This annual conference is intended to bring together CUNY professionals and other interested parties in the fields of higher education and disability services to share information, network, and receive theoretical and practical training in topics supporting access to higher education by students with disabilities.
Conference Objectives:
§ Explore new trends within the field of disability services in higher education
§ Create strategies for developing the skills necessary for effective accommodations, trainings, communication, and advocacy
§ Examine innovative approaches that facilitate collaboration and mentorship
§ Examine best practices that support and refine the role of disability service providers
§ Encourage professionals to engage in self-reflection and develop a personal action plan for becoming transformational leaders in field of disabilities through self-education
Categories of Concurrent Presentations and Poster Sessions:
§ Assistive technology updates
§ Online course accessibility @CUNY
§ Disability services / faculty collaboration
§ Leadership training for students with disabilities
§ Implications of the DSM-5 changes
§ Working with students on the spectrum—program models
§ Teaching math and science to blind and low-vision college students
§ Legal developments in the field of disability services
§ Social media and students with disabilities
*Submission deadline for Proposals is February 28, 2014.*
Proposal submission form is available by 
clicking here or the link below
The Attendee Registration Form is available by clicking here or the link below
*The Conference Program and Agenda will be available soon*

Deadline for Submissions Extended for the 2014 Cultural Studies Association

= (CSA) Conference Until Feb 3, 2014
The deadline for submission of proposals for the 2014 annual meeting is upo=
n us!
Due to high demand and wide interest, especially from new members, the CSA =
Program Committee for the 2014 annual meeting is extending the deadline for=
 the submission of proposals by one week through Feb. 3, 2014. Hopefully th=
is extension will give the opportunity to our members to submit their propo=
sals for consideration for our exciting gathering in Salt Lake City next Ma=
Notifications will be sent by February 10, 2014.
As always, Proposals from all areas and on all topics of relevance to cultu=
ral studies, and not just those related to this year's theme, are welcome.
For further information about the Call for Proposals, please visit our webs=
ite at: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/conference.  You may also=
 contact Michelle Fehsenfeld (contact@csalateral.org<mailto:contact@csalate=
ral.org>), the technology officer, Rob Gehl (robert.gehl@utah.edu<mailto:ro=
bert.gehl@utah.edu>), and the vice president, Jaafar Aksikas (Jaksikas@colu=


The Cultural Studies Association


Call for Proposals for the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies A=
ssociation (US)

Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

May 29-31, 2014

The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals from its current a=
nd future members for participation in its twelfth annual meeting in Salt L=
ake City, Utah.

Everyone cares about the environment these days, but what does it mean to s=
peak of ecology? Network and systems theories suggest complex approaches to=
 questions of culture and ecology. Assemblage theories explode stable conce=
ptions of locality, sociality, and the human. We speak of programming envir=
onments, learning environments, media ecologies, organizational ecologies, =
digital ecologies, ecologies of resistance, ecologies of play, flows of inf=
ormation, nodal points of power, and open-source ecologies of collaboration=
 and collective action.

We mobilize ecological discourse as a means of understanding and challengin=
g the material formations of power that discipline raced, gendered, sexed, =
and classed bodies. These discourses and processes create an ecology of mea=
ning that informs how we talk about and understand our environments.

The theme of the 2014 Cultural Studies Association meeting, "Ecologies:

Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power," prompts inquiries into how enviro=
nmental factors and ecological discourses shape conceptions of culture, mat=
ter, and power, and how these factors and discourses are shaped by forces o=
f history and globalization. The theme also invites us to re-imagine the ga=
thering as an ecology in its own right: an assemblage of cultural critics a=
nd producers. This year's conference aims to provide spaces for the cross-p=
ollination of art, activism, pedagogy, design, and research by bringing tog=
ether participants from a variety of positions inside and outside the unive=
rsity. While formal academic papers will be accepted, we encourage contribu=
tors to experiment with alternative formats that challenge traditional disc=
iplinary formations or exclusionary conceptions of the academic.

Proposals from all areas and on all topics of relevance to cultural studies=
 are welcome, but preference will be given to proposals that critically and=
 creatively engage this year's theme. Proposal topics might include, but sh=
ould not be limited to:

- The hybridization of ecology discourses: environmental activism, media ec=
ology, organizational ecologies, social ecology, systems theories, spatial =
surveillance, etc.;

- The cultural ecology of textual production, consumption, and interpretati=

- Ecological perspectives on privatization, imperialism, racial hierarchies=
, global capitalism, etc.;

- Queer, indigenous, activist, anti-capitalist, transgender, postcolonial a=
nd/or materialist perspectives on ecology;

- Post-humanist, object-oriented, or actor-network ontologies, epistemologi=
es, methodologies, and case studies;

- Interpretive possibilities raised by ecology and the challenge of cultura=
l materialism;

- The "greening" of specific disciplines, fields and institutions, its impl=
ications, and its continued silences;

- Pedagogical reflections, institutional ecologies, and ecologies of learni=

- "Natural" disasters, privatization, waste, environmental inequality, and =
the displacement of industrialism;

- Ecological foundations or justifications for new forms of surveillance, m=
anagement, and control;

- Collectives, nodes, networks, flows, vectors, circuits, and other models =
that de-center the autonomous individual;

- Proliferation of synergistic and ecological discourses as reactionary req=
uirements of late capitalism;

- Sustainability and discourses of the future;

- Digital environments and built spaces;

- Invisible ecologies of information, discourse, and power;

- Bodily interactions with environmental elements (food, water, air, flows =
of energy);

- Food justice and the politics of ingestion;

- New modes of scholarship and activism that attempt to address questions o=
f ecology;

- Analysis that reflects upon the context of its case study or studies; and

- Any other topic relevant to the theme.

All sessions run for 90 minutes and will have access to basic audiovisual e=
quipment (projector, speakers, and internet connection).

Sessions that require additional space or technical equipment may request r=
easonable accommodations from the organizing committee, but accommodations =
are contingent upon the availability of resources and equipment. Special re=
quests should be included as a note in the body of the initial submission. =
Additionally, please note that all session organizers must be CSA members f=
or the 2014 calendar year at the time of submission.

As at past CSA conferences, we welcome proposals from a range of disciplina=
ry and topical positions, including literature, history, sociology, geograp=
hy, politics, anthropology, communication(s), popular culture, cultural the=
ory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, post-colonial =
studies, legal studies, science studies, media and film studies, material c=
ultural studies, platform studies, visual art and performance studies. We p=
articularly encourage submissions from individuals working beyond the bound=
aries of the university: artists, activists, independent scholars, professi=
onals, community organizers, or

K-12 and community college educators.

This year's conference is hosted by the University of Utah in Salt Lake Cit=
y. Located on a beautiful 1,534 acre campus two miles east of downtown Salt=
 Lake City, the University of Utah has been nationally recognized for its s=
ustainability efforts, which include the installation of solar ivy panels a=
nd a commitment to renewable energy.

The University currently houses the J. Willard Marriott Library, the Jon M.=
 Huntsman Center, the Utah Museum of Natural History, the Utah Museum of Fi=
ne Arts and Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, and was one of the original fou=
r ARPANET nodes. Recently named by The Advocate as the gayest city in Ameri=
ca, Salt Lake City is home to the Sundance Film Festival, Utah Symphony and=
 Opera, The Leonardo, Capitol Theatre, Temple Square, Clark Planetarium, th=
e Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Olympic Cauldro=
n Park, and a vibrant local art and music scene.

Submission Deadline and Process

All proposals should be submitted through the CSA online system, available =
at CulturalStudiesAssociation.org. Submission of proposals is limited to cu=
rrent CSA members. See the benefits of membership and become a member at Cu=

The submission system will be open in November, 2013. Please prepare all th=
e materials required to propose your session according to the given directi=
ons before you begin electronic submission.

Notification of acceptance will be given in February of 2014.

Conference Formats

We are open to formats not suggested below. If you have questions or sugges=
tions for alternative formats, please be in touch with Robert Gehl (Rob AT =
RobertWGehl DOT org).


Pre-constituted panels allow a team of 3-4 individuals to present their res=
earch, work, and/or experiences, leaving 30-45 minutes of the session for q=
uestions and discussion. Panels should include 3-4 participants.

Proposals for pre-constituted panels should include: the title of the panel=
; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the panel organi=
zer; the names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses of all panelists,=
 and a chair and/or discussant; a description of the panel's topic (<500 wo=
rds); and abstracts for each presentation (<150 words). Pre-constituted pan=
els are preferred to individual paper submissions.


Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization and=
 will connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions=
. Proposals for papers should include: the title of the paper; the name, ti=
tle, affiliation, and email address of the author; and an abstract of the 1=
5-20 minute paper (<500 words). Pre-constituted panels are recommended over=
 individual paper submissions, though we welcome both.


Roundtables allow a group of participants to convene with the goal of gener=
ating discussion around a shared concern. In contrast to panels, roundtable=
s typically involve shorter position or dialogue statements

(5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organ=
izer. The majority of roundtable sessions should be devoted to discussion. =
Roundtables are limited to no more than five participants, including the or=
ganizer. We encourage roundtables involving participants from different ins=
titutions, centers, and organizations. Proposals for roundtables should inc=
lude: the title of the roundtable; the name, title, affiliation, and contac=
t information of the roundtable organizer; the names, titles, affiliations,=
 and email addresses of the proposed roundtable participants; and a descrip=
tion of the position statements, questions, or debates that will be under d=
iscussion (<500 words).

4. PRAXIS SESSIONS (Formerly Workshops)

Praxis sessions allow a facilitator or facilitating team to set an agenda, =
pose opening questions, and/or organize hands-on participant activities, co=
llaborations, or skill-shares. Successful praxis sessions will be organized=
 around a specific objective, productively engage a cultural studies audien=
ce, and orient itself towards participants with minimal knowledge of the su=
bject matter. Sessions organized around the development of ongoing creative=
, artistic, and activist projects are highly encouraged. The facilitator or=
 team is responsible for framing the session, gathering responses and resul=
ts from participants, helping everyone digest them, and (where applicable) =
suggesting possible fora for extending the discussion. Proposals for praxis=
 sessions should

include: the title of the session; the name, title, affiliation, and contac=
t information of the (lead) facilitator and of any co-facilitators; a brief=
 statement explaining the session's connection to the conference theme and =
describing the activities to be undertaken

(<500 words). Please direct any questions about praxis sessions to the Prax=
is Coordinator, Josen Diaz (JGDiaz AT ucsd DOT edu).


Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for w=
hich participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years, =
preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers'=
' by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conference=
 collaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed to a=
dvance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives within c=
ultural studies broadly construed.

We also invite seminars designed to generate future collaborations among co=
nference attendees, particularly through the formation of working groups. O=
nce a limited number of seminar topics and leaders are chosen, the seminars=
 will be announced through the CSA's various public email lists. Participan=
ts will contact the seminar leader(s) directly who will then inform the Pro=
gram Committee who will participate in the seminar.

Seminars will be marked in the conference programs as either closed to non-=
participants or open to all conference attendees.

A limited number of seminars will be selected by the program committee, wit=
h a call for participants in the chosen seminars announced on the CSA webpa=
ge and listserv no later than 21 February 2014. Interested parties will app=
ly directly to the seminar leader(s) for admission to the session by 11 Apr=
il 2014. Seminar leader(s) will be responsible for providing the program co=
mmittee with a confirmed list of participants (names, affiliations, and ema=
il addresses required) for inclusion in the conference program no later tha=
n 17 April 2014.

Proposals for seminars should include: the title of the seminar; the name, =
title, affiliation, and contact information of the seminar leader(s); and a=
 description of the issues and questions that will be raised in discussion =
and an overview of the work to be completed by participants in advance of t=
he seminar (<500 words). Individuals interested in participating in (rather=
 than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars and the instru=
ctions for signing up for them, available at the conference website after 2=
1 February 2014. Please direct questions about seminars to Seminars AT Cult=
uralStudiesAssociation DOT org.

Please note: To run at the conference, seminars accepted for inclusion by t=
he program committee must garner a minimum of 8 participants, including the=
 seminar leader(s).

6. WORKING GROUP SESSIONS (Formerly Divisions)

All working groups have two sessions at their command. Working groups may e=
lect to post calls on the CSA site for papers and internal submission proce=
dures or handle the creation of their two working group sessions by other m=
eans. Working groups will facilitate the creation of two sessions drawing f=
rom, but not limited to, working group members.

Working groups should create their proposals according to the specification=
s listed under their session format. When submitting to the conference webs=
ite, working groups should select "Working Group" as their session format a=
nd include a note in the body of their submission designating the session a=
s an official submission of the working group.


We are always in need of people to serve as panel chairs. To volunteer to d=
o so please submit your name, title, affiliation, and email address, as wel=
l as a brief list of your research interests through the conference website=

Key Dates

  *   November 27: Submission System Open
  *   January 27: Submissions Due
  *   February 10: Notifications sent out

Jaafar Aksikas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cultural Studies,
Cultural Studies Program<http://www.colum.edu/culturalstudies>
Humanities, History, & Social Sciences
Columbia College Chicago
624 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605, USA

p. 312-369-8667  f. 312-369-8061

Vice President and President Elect, Cultural Studies Association<http://www=

Founding Editor, Cultural Landscapes<http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Humanit=

Call for Papers: French Autopathography: Disability, Disease and Disorders >From First-Person Perspectives

21-22 November 2014 Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Coinciding with the rise in cases of cancer and AIDS from the 1980s onwards, the modern outbreak of patient-authored narratives of ill-health or incapacity has provided fresh perspectives to complement traditional medical literature and third-person illness narratives. Known as autopathographies, these patients' tales give voice to the embodied experience of illness, suffering, disease and, following Thomas Couser's definition, disability too. Acknowledging that the French tradition of autopathography can be traced back as far as Montaigne, this conference explores a rich but often-neglected corpus of first-person accounts across time-frames and disciplines in an effort to understand more fully what the sociologist Arthur Frank has called people's need to 'tell their stories', be they of the plague, smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis, leukaemia, cardiac disease, cancer, AIDS, motor neurone disease, eating disorders, stress disorders, or forms of disability (physical, cognitive, sensory, etc.), to name but a few. In this way, it interprets the term autopathography in its broadest sense, and embraces not only literature and creative writing, but also first-person documentary, visual, digital (eg. blogs) and other artistic and creative forms such as performance, dance, montage, sculpture, self-portraits or photography.

Areas to be discussed may include, but are not limited to:

The structural and ideological issues that characterise French/francophone autopathographies

The subject as 'narrative wreck' [Frank]

Personal perspectives on French/francophone healthcare institutions and treatment processes

The ways in which the French language communicates pain, following Elaine Scarry's remark that 'physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it'

The use of metaphor in self-authored accounts of illness or disability

French/francophone literature and/or art's 'restorative' function [Deleuze]

Autopathography as genre? A challenge to the tenets of autobiographical writing? A new 'pact'?

The relationship between autopathography and trauma narrative/testimony

Interfaces between autopathography and science/medicine in France/the French-speaking world

The impact of gender and/or class on illness formulations, attitudes to therapies etc.

250-word proposals for 20-minute papers (or three-paper panels), in French or English, should be sent to Dr Steven Wilson by email attachment at the following address: steven.wilson@qub.ac.uk.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 30 May 2014.

News and Announcments


For Action: LERN was recently nominated to win the $25,000 Innovation Award from The Scattergood Foundation!  If LERN wins the award, it will be immediately doubled by our matching grant from The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, giving us $50,000 to fund our Discrimination in Higher Education Project.  
If you haven't already, please read more on our project nomination and share your thoughts about why our work at The Lived Experience Research Network is important to you!  Your comments will carry a lot of weight in this competition, so give it a go, at the bottom of the page, on the following link: http://www.scattergoodfoundation.org/innovideas/lived-experience-research-network
 1. LERN and our partner organization, the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP) are pleased to announce the completion of our SAMHSA BRSS TACS-funded project "Promoting Engagement Practices in Peer Evaluation/Support."  The full white paper, User/Survivor Leadership & Capacity Building in Research, is available here (PDF download).  
Although only select parts of the project's case study component are described in the white paper, members of the research learned an enormous amount from more in-depth conversations and focus groups with researchers and participants involved in each of the three projects selected.  We extend our sincere gratitude to the Service User Research Enterprise (UK), the Center for the Study of Recovery in Social Context's Field School (US), and the Peer Qualitative Research Project (Canada).
In the coming year, we are planning to expand the PEPPER concept through the development of a series of methods and ethics "how-to" videos aimed at empowering and upskilling community-based service users and survivors. 
 2. In addition to the completion of PEPPER, the participation period for our voice questionnaire collaboration with the Durham University-based project Hearing the Voice (HtV) has now closed and a research team at Durham has begun the process of cleaning and preparing the data for coding.  HtV co-director Angela Woods will be visiting Chicago in mid-February to discuss further coding with LERN co-director Nev Jones.
In addition, the proposal deadline for the special issue of Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology dedicated to unpacking the "Critical Underpinnings of User/Survivor Involvement in Research" has now passed.  We are very honored to have received proposals from around the world, including activists and scholars in Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada, India and the US.  
Also, LERN will soon be launching our "Hearing Voices Groups" survey--stay tuned!

 Articles about Disabilities

The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.
Dr. Nora's Top Articles:
1.   “Mom Says 4th Grade Special Needs Son Abused by Teacher's Aide at ...” ---Andrew Salazar is a 4th grade special-needs student with down syndrome at Christa McAuliffe Elementary. On January 15th, shortly before the bell ... --- KERO-TV 23 --- January 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VTc2yn
2.   “Man Arrested for Alleged Abuse of Disabled Woman” --- A man accused of sexual battery, kidnapping and abuse of a disabled woman faced a Broward County Judge Friday in bond ... --- WBFS --- January 17, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/6BfHsk 
3.   “Cottey Adult Abuse Trial Date Set” --- A man charged with abuse and neglect of his sister for years is going to trial next month, almost a year after his first indictment. --- Ledger Independent --- January 17, 2014  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/wK59hT
4.   “Police: Disabled Man Was Sexually Assaulted Time and Again for 2 Years” ---John “Jack” Holland, 74, of 3 Kessler Farm Drive, Apt. #111, Nashua, was arrested Jan. 19 on an active arrest warrant for aggravated felonious sexual ... --- Patch.com --- January 20, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/0gaSOO
5.   “Two People Accused of Abusing Disabled Man” --- Two people were arrested Wednesday after police said they abused a developmentally-disabled man. Lancaster police officers ... --- Lancaster Eagle Gazette --- January 17, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/hIVPk3
6.   “Teen Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murder of Disabled Girl” --- A Pierce County man who was found guilty of murdering a developmentally disabled teenager has been sentenced to life without parole. Tyler Savage ... --- KING5.com --- January 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/M5vrAu
7.   “Documentary about Autism Features” --- She said the consulting doctor told her that her son was “mentally retarded” and had autism. She also said the doctor told that her son would “probably ... --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) January 20, 2014  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/JIkS2M
8.   “Autism Training for Cops, Firefighters Instills Patience” --- About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language ... --- Press-Enterprise --- January 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/S6Tv1D
9.   “DVD Aims to Train Police about Autism” --- To that end, he has commissioned the production of a DVD titled "Encountering People with Autism" for police and other first responders who may ... --- Kansas City Star --- January 11, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/rLeq9m
10.   “Tennessee's Handling of its Disability Population Lacks Accountability” --- There is an undercurrent to the court-ordered annual reviews of how well the state of Tennessee takes care of people with intellectual disabilities, and ... --- The Tennessean --- January 19, 2014  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/0x8oAS
11.   “Woman Raped over 50 Times at Psychiatric Hospital” --- A woman who was raped more than 50 times in an NHS psychiatric hospital says she was a "defeated person" after her ordeal. "Catherine," a former ... --- BBC News --- January 13, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/k0Og7Q

Doug Bahl, 63, remembered as strong advocate for Minnesota deaf community

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