The Reference Section: March 2014

I regularly stumble upon disability-related webinars, conferences, events, exhibitions, and other projects that I did not know existed.  It’s both exciting and frustrating, and I have yet to devise a systematic way to keep track of them.  Bookmarking webpages?  Yeah, I never check those.  Adding them to my calendar?  I still manage to overlook them.  An actual paper list?  Ha!

Each month, I will be posting an installment in a new series, The Reference Section.  These will be a hodgepodge of any new and interesting web resources, films, and conferences and events that relate to disability themes and, in particular, to my research.  This series will force me to track these sources as I find them and, in the process, will hopefully offer a useful roundup of resources for my readers.  Please contact me if you have anything to add to the list!

Conferences, Events, and Dates to Know

Composing Disability: This conference will be held at George Washington University from April 3-5 and it looks fantastic!  The website has extensive information about the conference, which will feature a stellar lineup that includes Ann Cvetkovich, Ellen ForneyKaren Nakamura, and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, among others.  I hate that I can’t be there.  If you’re in the DC area, go to this event!  Sigh.  (By the way, how great is the conference Tumblr page?)

2014 Disability Policy Seminar: This April 7-9 event in DC is another must-attend for anyone interested in disability law, policy, and advocacy.  I’ve heard that many of the materials are available online after the event, so that’s a fantastic option for those of us who can’t make it.  DPS happens yearly and is sponsored by some heavy-hitters: The Arc,   United Cerebral PalsyAssociation of University Centers on Disability, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered.  It also received promotional support from the always awesome Sibling Leadership Network.

Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference: This year’s theme is “Disability (and) Sustainability,” and the conference will be held in Minneapolis from June 11-14.  The deadline for submissions passed in the fall, but general registration is still open.

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association: Submissions for this year’s conference, “Producing Anthropology,” will close on April 15th.  Don’t be late!

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity: This international event will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.  The conference will be held in Honolulu from May 19-20 and registration is still open.

Webinars and Other Calls

Monthly Disability Community Call: The White House Office for community engagement holds a monthly teleconference for disability advocates and allies.  You can register here for the next call, which will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 27th.

AUCD Webinar Library: This collection includes nearly 200 archived webinars relating to advocacy, research, leadership, policy, and more.  It is fantastic.  The site also includes a list of upcoming webinars (in the sidebar).

The Arc’s HealthMeet Webinar Archive: This is easily one of the best resources available on issues of disability and health.  The site also has a list of upcoming webinars in this series here.

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability Webinars: This is an incredibly important new project examining and disseminating information about the intersections of disability, violence, and criminal justice.  The Center will offer monthly webinars throughout the year.  These look excellent.

The Arc of Texas Monthly Webinar Series: Looking a bit closer to home, this is an excellent resource for families and professionals alike.  The site includes a list of upcoming events, as well as access to past webinars.

Center for Genetics and Society: CGS has an amazing collection of video footage on its YouTube channel.  These include footage of past Tarrytown Meetings.  If you’re at all interested in bioethics, genetics, medical anthropology or STS, these are a must-watch.

Body and State” Conference Footage: The New School was thoughtful enough to post footage from this 2011 event, which featured some of the most innovative and influential scholars (and many anthropologists) of our time, such as Susan Schweik, Rayna Rapp, and João Biehl.  Available videos include: The Normal Body – Part 1 and Part 2; The Sexual Body – Part 1 and Part 2; Rights to the Body – Part 1 and Part 2; Buying and Selling the Body – Part 1 and Part 2; and Didier Fassin’s keynote address.


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