CFP: Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century (University of Rochester, NY)

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by Hannah Tweed

1st University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium
Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century
Rochester, New York
Friday 14th November 2014

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday 4th August 4 2014 (5pm Eastern)

The First University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium is organized around themes found in the documentary FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. This film explores the meaning of “disability” and “normalcy” in the 21st century of the Common Era through an examination of technological and pharmacological advances designed to “fix or enhance the human body,” and the bioethical implications and social tensions that arise from these scientific advances. Some of these bioethical implications and social tensions include the rise in prenatal screening, euthanasia / “right to die” legislation, ongoing stigma and the continued marginalization of children and adults, especially those labeled with intellectual disability, including their segregation in schools, nursing homes and institutions, and the workplace. This symposium will also host the Rochester premier of the documentary FIXED.

We invite proposals for the 1st University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium on November 14, 2014 at the University of Rochester. Proposals addressing the symposium theme, “Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century,” are especially welcome, but any timely and relevant subjects of broad interest around disability, diversity, and inclusion will be considered. We also welcome proposals that explore interdisciplinary and intersectional connections with areas of humanities and the arts; business; engineering; education; and social, natural, and biomedical sciences that relate to disability at any level. We encourage submissions from scholars, faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Proposal types and formats include:

1. Individual presentation (30 minutes)
2. Panel presentation (90 minutes)
3. Workshop/discussion/roundtable (60 minutes)
4. Poster presentation

Each proposal must be submitted as a word document and must include:

1. Name(s) (If there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter first)
2. Affiliation(s) (if applicable)
3. Contact information (If there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter information first)
4. Title of presentation
5. Abstract (150 words)
6. Description and justification (< 1000 words):

  • Purpose
  • Goals and objectives
  • Justification: Significance / Relevance to the theme of the symposium

7. Permission to publish your abstract in all symposium materials (website, program, in electronic format) if accepted for presentation.
8. Indicate your interest in having your paper considered for publication in symposium proceedings, an edited book, and/or a special journal issue.
9. Indicate agreement to provide presentation content in alternative formats (e.g., handouts available in electronic format and in large print, captioned videos) to ensure that all participants have access.

Please submit your proposal directly to the Program Chair, Julia M. White, at jwhite@warner.rochester.edu. You will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your submission within 24 hours. If you do not receive such notification, please contact the Symposium Coordinator, Elizabeth Carpenter, atelizabeth.carpenter@rochester.edu to confirm that your proposal was received.

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