Call for Abstracts!

The call for abstracts is now open! Please consider submitting a paper to one of the sessions sponsored by the Sociology of Disability Research Cluster. Here is the list of sponsored sessions:

  1. Session Title: Sociological Perspectives on Disability

Description: This session aims to contribute to current sociological analysis of disability both theoretically and methodologically. We invite papers that explore disability as a “shifting and dynamic concept,” rather than a merely “determined empirical fact” (Shuttleworth and Meekosha 2012:351). There is a range of possibilities for studying disability through a sociological lens. Some possible avenues of inquiry include the experiences of disabled people in relation to sexual desires, practices, and identities; applying recent contributions from social movements theory to our understanding of the disability rights movements both in Canada and across the globe; issues related to (in)accessibility and ableism; exploring the concept of neurodiversity; and unpacking the many intersections of disability. We are particularly interested in papers that address the actual lived experiences of people with disabilities and papers that make space for the perspectives of people with disabilities. Submissions that engage with the concept of intersectionality, that use inter- and cross-disciplinary perspectives, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodologies, are welcomed. We invite papers that illuminate new concepts and frameworks that work to bridge the sociology of the disability with other sociological fields, papers that address both long-standing and emergent debates within the sociological study of disability, and research that is situated within a range of historical and contemporary contexts.

Organizers: Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University,; Sarah Margaret Campbell, Concordia University

Research Cluster Affiliation: Sociology of Disability

Research Areas: Disability Studies, Research Methods, Social Theory

2. Session Title: Exploring the Intersection of Disability and Masculinity

Description: This session contributes to burgeoning sociological discussions about the complex intersection between disability and masculinity. Research on masculinity and disability have constructed both categories in opposition to each other. Most sociological scholarship presents a narrow picture of disability and masculinity. This session takes its cue from recent work in gender and disability studies that seeks to complicate and nuance this relationship between disability and masculinity. We invite papers that make theoretical and/or empirical contributions by demonstrating the importance of an intersectional gendered analysis to the study of disability.  Rather than framing disability as an individual problem, we consider disability to be a social phenomenon that is constructed by built environments, institutional structures, and cultural norms.

• How place and space shape disabled masculinities
• The ways that disabled men enact and resist hegemonic masculinities
• Media and cultural representations of disabled masculinities
• How disability and masculinity are entangled with nation-building and colonial projects
• Masculinity and disability in relation to care work and care relations
• Disabled women’s and non-binary people’s enactments of masculinities
• Disability, masculinity, and sexuality
• Disability, masculinity, and embodiment
• Masculinity and disability arts
• The contributions of crip theory, hybrid masculinity, and other emerging frameworks

We are particularly interested in papers that take an intersectional approach to disability and masculinity by addressing how diverse social locations (such as race, gender, sexuality, class) and different forms of cognitive, sensory and physical impairments structure disability and masculinities. We also encourage the submission of papers that explore disability and masculinity in previously unexamined settings and locations. Submissions that offer methodological possibilities for examining the disability/masculinity Intersection, and that engage with arts-based modes of data collection and mobilization are especially welcomed.

Organizers: Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University,; Ben Barry, Ryerson University

Research Cluster Affiliation: Sociology of Disability; Gender and Sexuality

Research Areas: Children and Youth, Disability Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Parenting and Families, Social Theory

3. Session Title: Theories and Practices of Disability Studies in Education: A Call to Action

Description: The right of disabled people to quality inclusive education has been formally recognized by Canada within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Yet, symbolic and institutional governance, violence, exclusion, and oppression continue to be reproduced by educational systems. Rather than education, these systems often recruit disabled students, educators and families into regimes that ‘fix’ disability not as a social problem, but an individual problem of broken bodies and minds. We invite submissions that innovate theoretical and methodological approaches to disability at the intersection of disability studies and the sociology of education. This means understanding disability as a political, cultural and social category, and education as a phenomenon that occurs within and beyond formal institutions of schooling. We seek papers that explore both the transformative possibilities of education and seek to disrupt hegemonic psychological, medical and deficit models of disability alongside the disquieting implication of educators, researchers, practitioners and families in paternalistic and often violent educational practices—such as segregation and residential schools—structured by ableist colonial logics and neoliberal capitalism. Papers that take critical, creative and intersectional approaches, including dialogues with other theoretical perspectives such as critical race, queer, and feminist theory, and creative research methods will be prioritized. Areas of investigation may include, for example;

– Social contexts of disability and education
– Disability arts and education
– Social stratification and educational attainment among disabled people
– Methodology (e.g., who participates in education-related research)
– Governance and oppression in education (e.g, medicalization, ableism, racialization)
– Education policy and practice
– Exclusionary practices across educational contexts
– Innovative educational practices – Forms of disability activism
– “Othering” of disabled students/educators in higher education and public schools
– Academic ableism in post-secondary education
– Future directions and emancipatory opportunities in research, theory, practice

This session is jointly organized with the Canadian Disability Studies Association.

Organizers: Patricia Douglas, Brandon University,; Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University

Research Cluster Affiliation: Sociology of Disability

Research Areas: Applied Sociology, Canadian Sociology, Children and Youth, Culture, Disability Studies, Education, Equality Inequality, Feminist Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Parenting and Families, Policy and Society, Research Methods, Violence, Visual Sociology

4. Session Title: Confluences of Madness Intersectional Explorations

Description: This session invites papers that engage with Madness/Mad identity, ‘mental illness’, andor psychiatrization through a critical, intersectional, sociologically informed lens. The ways that Mad experiences and identities are shaped by multiple marginalizations, in historical and contemporary contexts, is an under-researched and under-theorized area, and this session seeks papers that contribute toward expanding this body of work. Scholarship that draws upon frameworks from Mad studies and/or disability studies is welcome, but work that also incorporates insights and perspectives from feminist scholarship, queer theory, critical race studies, andor other critical perspectives is especially encouraged.

Organizers: Kristen A. Hardy, Brandon University,

Research Cluster Affiliation: Sociology of Disability

Research Areas: Disability Studies, Equality Inequality, Feminist Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Health and Care, Race and Ethnicity, Mad Studies Sociology of Madness

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