Conference

Northern Relations 

18th Annual Conference of the Canadian Disability Studies Association/Association canadienne d’études sur le handicap (CDSA-ACÈH)

  • Date: May 31 – June 2, 2021 
  • Hosted by: University of Alberta 
  • Call for Proposals due: January 16, 2021 (results will be announced by the end of February)
  • Location: Our conference will be held virtually this year.

CDSA-ACÉH invites presentations, panels, workshops, posters, performances, and artistic contributions for our 2021 conference. We are pleased to welcome submissions related to the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences theme “Northern Relations” and the 2020 theme, “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.” While the 2020 CDSA congress was cancelled, this theme will be carried over to give space to examine the ways in which the pandemic has exposed and intensified structural inequalities that dehumanize Indigenous peoples and persons of colour in Canada, delegitimize their knowledges, and uphold violent dislocations and erasures from histories and land. In addition to the 2020-20201 Congress themes, we also welcome broad ranging submissions grounded in Disability Studies, Deaf Studies, and/or Mad Studies perspectives.

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About Congress

The CDSA-ACÉH annual conference takes place in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (typically referred to simply as “Congress”) – an annual week-long gathering of scholars, students, researchers, policy-makers, activists and others hosted by a different Canadian university each year at the end of May and beginning of June.

Congress itself is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences which has approximately 70 member associations representing different academic disciplines. Like CDSA-ACÉH, each of these associations also holds their annual conference at Congress. These concurrent conferences take place alongside programming developed by the Federation and host university, some of which is open to the broader public. Such programming includes presentations by renowned scholars and public figures, workshops, cultural events, receptions, and the largest academic book exhibition in Canada. As explained on their website, “Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.”

It is important to note that while CDSA-ACÉH conference attendees are more than welcome to partake in other Congress activities and events, our conference is self-contained and takes place over three days only. Our conference features a different national and international keynote presenter each year, a French stream of presentations, and, typically, disability-related arts events and workshops as well. We also hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) during our conference.

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Previous Programs

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