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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Call for Papers (CFP) for AAA meetings in San Francisco: Disability and Bioethical Curriculum: Please Mind the Gaps

Call for Papers (CFP) for AAA meetings in San Francisco: Disability and Bioethical Curriculum: Please Mind the Gaps
Devva Kasnitz, Lakshmi Fjord, and Juliette de Wolfe co-organizers:
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Please respond soon, as we wish to ask for invited status of the CAE (Council on Anthropology and Education) due MARCH 15TH

To address the substantive gaps about disability-related issues in most anthropology courses, the AAA ethics committee has awarded us a small ethics grant on behalf of the Disability Research Interest Group to improve these lacunae. Co-authors of the proposal are Karen Davis, Joe Kaufert, and Pamela Block.

For this panel, we seek presenters who already include disability studies as a course focus or who intend to do so and would enjoy the opportunity to present on any topical area of disability issues.  Below please find a list of possible topics, which are just a starting point.  We hope to create a double panel that will have ample time for audience participation and lively discussion.

The module we will present to the AAA ethics committee will make use of existing legacy and new primary sources, theoretical frameworks, films as texts, and ethnographies.

Accessibility: Using multi-modal methods for classroom inclusion, we hope presenters and our final curricula will model how course content and texts can be made more accessible to diverse learners and the possibilities for increased creativity that disability orientated accessibility provides to all students.

Possible topics:

Disability Theory
     *critical disability theory
     *social theory of disability
Cross-cultural ethnographic comparisons
Critical disability theory and social theories of disability
Disability History
        *historic and ongoing cost/benefit arguments for eugenics, Holocaust;
        *Boas on need for diverse embodiments for "adaptive" societies
`     *social security disability insurance, veterans, homeless, disincentives:
                    royalties and honoraria, marriage, etc.
        *in-home care vs. institutionalization

        *human rights, social justice, civil rights movements and disability
        *identity politics and coalition building
        *hierarchies of disability
        *community organizing
     *UN treaty
        *legislation: ADA, other nations' laws, local vs. national, etc.
        *critique of Euro-American centered disability identity-formation
        *resistance and affirmation approaches
        *Disability and prison populations: identified and non-identified

           *Inclusive/Universal Design
           *Access and accommodations in school, work, home, medicine, recreation,
                    sexual activities, etc.

        *policies: government mandates
        *cross-cultural comparisons across national borders
        *mainstreaming vs. "special needs" classrooms vs. disability-grouped classroom
        *IEPs: politics of, economics of, legal issues with
        *linguistic accommodations; bilingualism in signed/spoken languages
        *assistive personnel and assistive technologies
        *multiple disabilities
        *immigrant children with disabilities
        Accessing necessary educational supports for children with disabilities
        Navigating power relations in special education evaluations, determinations, and programming

        *assistive technologies
        *assistive personnel (captioners, interpreters, revoicers, facilitated communicators)
        *consumer-centered vs. developer-centered design
        *cultural capital of assistive devices invented for disabled people now allow mass
                    connectivity: typewriter keyboard, voice recognition, videophone, etc.
        technologies as tools for advocacy (self, family, etc.), awareness, and fundraising
        *history of professionalization
        *capitalizing on disability
        *disability advocates push back
        Cure or rehabilitation centered models and coping centered models

Disability creativity
        *Theater/performance, dance, poetry, studio arts, photography
        *Blind at the museum
        *Theater, film, dance accommodations (audio description, captioning, etc)

        *pathologization and medicalizing of disability
        *access and accommodation issues in clinical medicine
            *iconic bioethical cases and disability
            *Selective abortion (who decides what "counts" as desired fetus?)
     *Selective physician-assisted suicide: who decides what counts as "quality of
               life" and support care?
        *End of life care and life support technologies, inequalities in access
        Accessing healthcare supports and services

Disability and the lifespan
        *aging and age-onset impairments
        *temporary or life-long impairments
        caregiving over the life span
        financial planning over the lifespan

"Disability Awareness" and simulations and ethics

Disability and parenting
        Parents making medical decisions for disabled children (cochlear implants, special diets, unauthorized treatments, etc.)
        Impact on parent identity when caring for a child with a disability
        Parental experiences of courtesy stigma

Disability and migration

Contact Information:

Devva Kasnitz, PhD
President, Society for Disability Studies,
Devvaco Consulting/New Focus Partnerships
Coordinator, Disability Research Interest Group, Society for Medical Anthropology
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology, American Anthropological Association
Listserv Manager, NAPA-OT Interest Group


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