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March, 08 2018




2014 “Cripping” the Comic Con Keynote Speaker: Naomi Grossman

UPDATE: Web Navigation Assistance for Users with Disabilities

An interview with Director Diane Wiener has just been published in ABILITY Magazine

#withoutlimits: Two media clips including SU's Michael Schwartz!

Interview with SU’s Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri!!!


Article of Interest, Topic: Violence and Mental Health

Article- Profiling of Mentally Ill

Can He Hear What You Hear? - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dr. Nora's Recent News: Disabilities Articles


CALL FOR PAPERS:Critical Juncture

Call for Chapters: Disabling Domesticity

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 3rd international and interdisciplinary conference on Health, Culture and the Human Body Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe Istanbul

SU News

2014 “Cripping” the Comic Con Keynote Speaker: Naomi Grossman


UPDATE: Web Navigation Assistance for Users with Disabilities

Library users with any disabilities may utilize the SU Library’s Web Navigation services. We provide assistance with access and use of resources such as ejournals, databases, and Blackboard. The Web Navigation Service email is answered by Adina Mulliken, Barbara Jackson, Tarida Anantachai and Charulata Chawan.
One way we have helped students is to locate the full text from a citation they might have to a book or article.  Full text may be located online, in print, or via interlibrary loan.  
In general, it is a very good idea to plan ahead and allow for extra time to obtain everything that is needed for your research or assignments.
Feel free to contact us by email or phone!
Web Navigation Service email webnav@syr.edu 
Learning Commons service desk phone 315.443.4083

An interview with Director Diane Wiener has just been published in ABILITY Magazine

http://abilitymagazine.com/Ericha-Scott-Diane-Wiener.html (excerpt only)

If you are on Facebook, you can get a free digital copy and PDF of the entire issue by "liking" ABILITY Magazine:https://www.facebook.com/ABILITYMagazine

A hard copy will be available in the DCCand copies will be placed in various other locations (to be determined), on campus.  If you are off-campus, are not on Facebook (or are on Facebook, but do not wish to "like" the magazine's page on Facebook), and are otherwise preferring or needing a PDF copy, please contact Diane, directly: dwiener@syr.edu 

News and Announcements

Article of Interest, Topic: Violence and Mental Health

Violence & Mental Health (Over a third of the public think people with a mental health problem are likely to be violent - in fact people with severe mental illnesses are more likely to be victims, rather than perpetrators, of violent crime.)



Article- Profiling of Mentally Ill

Relevant and timely article with distressing content


Can He Hear What You Hear? - The Chronicle of Higher Education


Dr. Nora's Recent News: Disabilities Articles

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: (7 out of 96)
1.   “Hillsborough Schools to Approve Settlement after Death of Jenny Caballero, Special Needs Student” ---  ... a settlement with the family of a special needs child who drowned last year. ... and the death of another special needs child on a bus in January of last year. --- ABC Action News --- December 10, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/z1FjMu
2.   “Warrants Issued for Teacher Accused of Beating Special Needs Students” --- Ross is accused of verbally and physically abusing three of her special needs students. The alleged abuse happened on and off from Aug. 23 to Nov. 20. --- WGCL Atlanta --- November 25, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/WoAaAv
3.   “Grosse Pointe Park Police to Undergo Sensitivity Training after Controversial Video” --- In response to public outrage stemming from multiple videos of a mentally handicapped resident recorded and shared by a ... --- MLive.com  --- November 25, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/tiVTKW
4.   “Abusive Harlem Teacher Has History of Violence” --- A teacher accused of tossing a special-needs student down a flight of stairs at a notoriously troubled Harlem school has a long history of hurting kids, the Daily ... --- New York Daily News --- December 4, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TWi7qi
5.   “Disabled Integration Touted” --- Disabled Cambodians were promised a “society without barriers” by Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday in a speech on Cambodia's Day of Persons with ... --- The Phnom Penh Post --- December 11, 2013  (CAMBODIA)  http://is.gd/7zlUT8
6.   “More Handicapped Students Attending Regular Schools in China” --- Most special-needs educators say the aim is help handicapped children to learn to live with their disabilities and integrating them into the regular school system ... --- ecns --- December 4, 2013  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/HHc3pL
7.   “Ending Violence against Women and Children with Disabilities” --- The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) calls on Pacific Island States, Non Government Organisations, Faith-based Organisations , development partners and donors ... ---Scoop.co.nz (press release) --- November 29, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/Nq9zZ7

Call for Papers, Participants, Scholarships, and Conferences

CALL FOR PAPERS:Critical Juncture

? Conference Date: March 13-14, 2014
? Conference Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

? Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2014

Conference Description

CRITICAL JUNCTURE is a conference that seeks to foster a critical discourse on identity, difference, inequality and, at the precipice of these - on intersectionality. Intersectionality, as defined by Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw, is the study of intersections between different groups of minorities and the interactions of multiple systems of oppression or discrimination. As a methodology, it allows for the study of multiple subject formations, social relationships, and lived experiences. As a theory, it encourages the study of how legal, biological, and social identities map onto individuals in unique ways. To study race outside of class or (il)legality outside of gender is to study the individual outside of social experience. Conceptualizations of discrimination within a society do not act independently but rather intersect, creating a system of oppression in which the individual is defined by difference. This conference will explore how new applications of intersectionality are contending with the complex interaction of multiple identities and the power structures in which they develop, and it will put these approaches in conversation with existing literature from a range of fields.

This conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Robert McRuer. Dr. McRuer is the chair of the English Department at George Washington University, and known for his work on the intersection between queer and disability studies. His upcoming book, which examines the relationship between disability, contemporary political economies, and globalization, is tentatively titled Cripping Austerity: Essays on Disability, Sexuality, and Neoliberalism. In addition, a diverse group of Emory University faculty will serve as panel discussants.

Proposal Criteria
CRITICAL JUNCTURE brings attention to the research of emerging scholars and draws connections between those working inside and outside of the traditional boundaries of academia. We seek proposals from a range of presenters, including graduate students and faculty from both large and small universities and colleges, researchers with backgrounds in non-academic fields (law, medicine, public health, community development, government, etc.), and academics utilizing alternative modes of scholarship (visual arts, film, performance, etc.).

Areas of research may include, but are not limited to:

? Critical Race Studies
? Disability Studies
? Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

? Anthropology
? Sociology
? Political Science ? Economics

? History
? Psychology
? Religion and Ethics
? English
? Comparative Literature
? Visual and Performance Arts ? Film Studies ? Art History ? Education ? Neuroscience ? Biology ? Public Health ? Law


Call for Chapters: Disabling Domesticity

General Description:

Domesticity - "The quality or condition of being domestic;" "Home life or devotion to it;" "Household affairs."  Vital work has been done within disability studies to reimagine sex, sexuality, and disabled bodies and scholars in a number of fields, including for example, feminist and queer theorists and women's historians, have  worked to deconstruct dominant heteronormative notions of domesticity and show the broad force with which domesticity and domestic life get deployed in various cultural and political settings. In this edited collection of new and original scholarship, contributors will focus on the varied "domestic" sites where intimate human relations are formed and maintained. Sites that are at once private and racially, economically, and politically inflected and make up the social, cultural, ideological, and physical spaces where families, friends, workers, and lovers come together and form the bonds that ultimately sustain and in some cases destroy our variegated existence. When we analyze "domesticity" through the lens of disability, it forces us to think in new ways about family and household forms, care work, an ethics of care, reproductive labor, gendered and generational conflicts and cooperation, local and global economies and political systems. Disabling Domesticity will appeal to undergraduate and graduate students, specialists, and general academic readers in a broad range of fields. It seeks to model the interdisciplinary strengths of disability studies.
Potential contributors may propose work that focuses on any temporal or geographic location. Proposals from all (disability studies) fields of study, as well as the work of activists and artists are welcome.

Some chapter details:

Chapter length - 5,000-7,000 words (20-25 pages - excluding
Essays may have more than one author
Disability and Domesticity may be broadly defined All temporal and geographic contexts are welcome.
Essays must be new and original scholarship (no reprints will be accepted)

Prospective Authors:

Please send CV or Resume and a brief (300-500 word) abstract of your project by Friday, 3 January 2014.
Full chapter drafts of the project will be due by February 2015.
You can reach me at marembis@buffalo.edu

All best,

Michael Rembis

Michael Rembis, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Disability Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of History University at Buffalo

Contact Information:
Department of History
552 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130
phone: (716) 480-6156
fax: (716) 645-5954
email: marembis@buffalo.edu
UBCDS Website: http://disabilitystudies.buffalo.edu/index.php

Proposal Guidelines & Presentation Information ? All proposals should include a paper abstract (250-300 words) and the presenter's curriculum vitae.

? Proposals (abstract and CV) should be emailed as PDF attachments to criticaljunctureconference@gmail.com by January 15, 2014.

? Accepted applicants will be notified by February 1, 2014.

? Presentations will be 10-15 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be allotted for questions and answers after each presentation.



The 3rd international and interdisciplinary conference on Health, Culture and the Human Body Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe Istanbul

Turkey, 11-13 September 2014
Advances in
science-based medicine have greatly increased the range of applications to the body and mind of human beings, blurring the boundaries between what is to be considered a state of health or illness. A large number of interventions already have a distinguished history, such as organ transplants, pharmacological enhancement, plastic surgery, etc. Other developments, such as delaying the process of aging by manipulating the molecular markers on our DNA (telomeres), so far remain promises (or threats?) for the future. In this regard this conference will focus on ethical, historical and epidemiological perspectives on medical interventions into the healthy/diseased human body in mid-life, including issues such as enhancement, surgical interventions, and the ethics of trans-humanism. Further subjects of the conference are the epidemiology of organ transplants and the history and ethics of psychiatric definitions, diagnostics, and therapies, which will also be discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Palliative care and its intercultural aspects are also among the main topics of the conference.
This conference will focus on selected cases from Turkey, Germany, and other countries which for the last 50 years have been closely connected by substantial migration processes, as they had been earlier through medical scientific exchanges and common clinical practice. Building on the well received first two rounds on the beginning and the end of life, respectively, held in Germany (Mainz) in 2010 and in Turkey (Istanbul) in 2012, the aim of this third conference is to widen the discussion platform for different ethical considerations among historically connected countries, applying an interdisciplinary “medicine studies” approach to selected sample cases or population approaches from Turkey, Germany and other countries with comparable relationships.
The thematic areas chosen for the upcoming conference are:
- Organ Transplantation (organ donation: problems and solutions; health risks after transplantation; cultural differences in the acceptance of organ
- Modifications and Manipulations of the Human Body (plastic surgery, neurochips, other forms of enhancement – e.g., pharmacological – doping or neuroenhancement; telomere research [extension of lifespan]; the ethics of transhumanism)
- Psychiatry (autonomy in psychiatry, transcultural perspectives, historical and international connections in the development of modern psychiatry)
- Palliative care and culture
- Migration and health
Abstracts (max. 250 words) of proposed conference papers should be submitted by 28 February 2014, to the attention of Hakan Ertin MD PhD, E-Mail:
bilgi@besikcizade.com , Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of History of Medicine and Ethics. Tel: +90 532 321 71 77 Fax: +90 212 414 22
Publication of selected papers is envisaged.
BETIM Center for Medical Humanities – Findikzade, Istanbul, Turkey,www.besikcizade.com
Hakan Ertin MD, PhD (Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey) Ilhan Ilkilic MD, PhD (Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey) Rainer Broemer PhD (Istanbul University and BETIM, Istanbul, Turkey) Inanc Ozekmekci PhD (Erciyes University, Kayseri Turkey) Hajo Zeeb, MD, MSc, PhD (Bremen University and Leibniz Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research – BIPS, Germany)


Call For Papers

Disability and Labor: A Contentious Relationship?

National Women's Studies Association
Disability Studies Interest Group

The Americans with Disabilities Act has been essential in providing protect=
ion against discrimination in the work place. Thus, constructions of disabi=
lity are hinged on an understanding of wage labor and, in the language of t=
he ADA, =93reasonable accommodation.=94 But what is considered reasonable? =
With the increase of technology, what is considered assisted technology? Wh=
at is considered an accommodation? This is only one historical moment when =
disability and labor have been in a contentious relationship. As disability=
historian Kim Nielsen tells us, those with physical and cognitive impairme=
nts were able to labor in small communities, where accommodations over the =
course of one=92s life were expected; with industrialization, the standardi=
zation of the workforce made such impairments disabling. As factory work be=
came more prominent and veterans returned from wars and conflicts, the 20th=
century saw an increase in physical disability. This also lead to an incre=
ase in the need for long-term care workers, many of whom are immigrant wome=
n or women of color, surviving and supporting families on sparse economic r=
esources. What does it mean to participate in feminist care work? How can w=
e use disability as an epistemology to radicalize care work? In the Global =
South, as feminist disability theorist Nirmala Ervelles tells us, the World=
Bank =93prioritizes health interventions by calculating their relative cos=
t-effectiveness [=85] where the cost of each intervention is weighed agains=
t a person=92s potential productivity (i.e. contribution to economic growth=
)=94 (Erevelles 2009 139).  Thus, labor persists as a key measurement for d=
isability, healthcare intervention, and citizenship. What does it mean for =
feminist disability scholars in the Global North to address the World Bank=
=92s health interventions? What does it mean to think of disability outside=
of potential labor? What does it mean for feminist disability theorists to=
promote a queer feminist crip ethic of labor? How can this ethic address c=
itizenship for all bodies at the intersection of gender, race, class, and r=
This panel seeks to explore the themes of disability and labor from a varie=
ty of angles.
Possible paper topics include:
Adaptive Technology and the Workplace
The Racial and Economic Politics of Care Work
=93Reasonable=94 Accommodation?
Compulsory Rehabilitation and Crip Resistance
Compulsory Productivity vs =93Unproductivity=94
Labor, Disability, and Citizenship
Returning Veterans, Labor, and Family
Reproductive Labor and Disability
Disability, Labor, and the Global South
Please send your paper proposal to nwsadisabilitycaucus@gmail.com<mailto:nw=
sadisabilitycaucus@gmail.com> by January 05th 2014.
NWSA will be November 2014 in Puerto Rico.

Call for Contributions: The Deaf Studies Encylopedia

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to participate in The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia to be published by SAGE Reference in 2015.
This exciting new 3-volume reference work's main purpose and focus is to shift from the =93Medical/Pathological Model=94 of deaf individuals who need to be =93fixed=94 (in order to correct their hearing and speaking deficiencies for the sole purpose of assimilating them into mainstream
society) to the primary aim of carving out a new and critical perspective on Deaf Studies with the focus that the Deaf are not a people with a disability to be treated and =93cured=94 medically, but rather are members of a distinct cultural group with a vibrant community and way of being.

*A list of 195 Deaf culture-related topics currently available for assignment follows below.* The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.

The encyclopedia will marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library=92s electronic services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project are Dr. Genie Gertz and Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Gallaudet University.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today=92s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. Your name and affiliation will also appear in the byline of your
entry(ies) in the final publication.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, please contact me by the email information below. Please provide me with your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines as well as your selections from the list of topics. I will confirm availability of your selections and provide you with Submission Guidelines and a sample article for your review.

Thanks very much,
Lisbeth Rogers
Director of Author Management

Deaf Culture-Related Topics Currently Available for Assignment:  For a full list of available topics, please email Steve Singer at the DCC: sjsinger@syr.edu

Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Email: sudcc@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193

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