CFP: Rethinking Disability (Conference)

The First International Disability Studies Conference in Israel Rethinking Disability: The State, the Community and the Individual, Thursday, December 30, 2010, at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

This is the first international conference on Disability Studies to be held in Israel. Our goal is to provide a forum for international collaboration in Disability Studies by bringing together Disability Studies scholars, graduate students, policy makers, activists, and practitioners from Israel and abroad to discuss their work and share ideas about the status of people with disabilities in Israel. The conference will explore issues of power, privilege, personhood and self-advocacy as well as the social construction of disability. It will engage in a multidisciplinary examination of the relationships between these themes, based on work done in anthropology, architecture, bioethics, comparative literature, education, film and media studies, geography, health professions, history, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology and social work. There will be two plenary panels and one breakout session held for small group multidisciplinary discussions of selected topics. We encourage scholars at different stages of their academic career to submit proposals (including work in progress) for discussion in the breakout session. Abstracts for panel and workshop papers can be submitted in English, Hebrew or Arabic. Presentations can be made in these same languages. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent by email (the abstract should include the title of the proposal, name and email address of the author). Please indicate if the proposal is submitted for a panel or for a breakout session. Deadline for submissions of all abstracts: Friday, 27 August 2010, advae@mscc.huji.ac.il

For more information please contact: Dr. Nissim Mizrachi * nissimm@post.tau.ac.il  (Tel Aviv University, Sociology) Dr. Sagit Mor * smor@univ.haifa.ac.il  (Haifa University, Law) Professor Neta Ziv * zneta@post.tau.ac.il  (Tel Aviv University, Law) Adva Eichengreen * advae@mscc.huji.ac.il  (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Psychology)

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