CFP: ‘Disability/Culture: New Grounds. A Practice-Based Research Symposium’ (University of Michigan)

Disability/Culture: New Grounds. A Practice-Based Research Symposium.

3rd-6th February 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Deadline for applications: 1st August 2014

Notification: 15th September 2014.


In our seventh practice-based research symposium at the University of Michigan, and as the Initiative on Disability Studies’ Spring Conference, we’ll investigate cultural practices around cognitive, emotional, sensory, and embodied differences that trouble an assumption of similarity of time, space, and communication practice.

From crip time to neurodiversity, from pain space to Deaf gain, from access intimacy to decolonial crip methods, what are new(er) ways of thinking about disability and the arts (of living)? How can we think about the ethics of reciprocity, about new ways of being audience, being performer, being in shared (academic/art/life) space? How can art/life practices trouble older ways of thinking about artistic and academic disciplinarities?

We invite up to five fellows (grad students, faculty, artists) to come together for four days, to workshop, use performances and presentations as provocations, and explore methods of merging art practice, conviviality, and critical encounter. The specific topics we will explore are open, and will be determined by applicants’ interests. We will be in research practice together: this is not a conference to share the results of previous research or practice. Thus, we are not looking for papers, we are looking for participants in this experiment. Come and share the excitement of your creative and/or critical research, present a workshop based on your inquiry, and find out what happens. The experiment lies in finding a path toward accessible artful community together.

Before the symposium, a small collection of material from all participants will be made available to prepare us for our time together. During the symposium, each fellow will have (up to) two hours to engage others in a seminar. We will be in residence at the Duderstadt Video Performance Studio on the University of Michigan’s North Campus, home to multiple performance technologies, with innovative tech wizards at the ready. Each invitee will have transport and accommodation costs reimbursed up to $500 dollars. The conference hotel offers rooms for about sixty dollars a night, and we will assist people who want to be hosted by graduate students and locals.

Application Process: please email us a short CV, a sample of your work, and a brief statement about why you would like to participate. Direct all materials to the symposium director, Petra Kuppers,

Deadline for applications: 1st August 2014

Notifications: 15th September 2014.

Video created at the last Disability/Culture practice-based research symposium:

The 2015 symposium might look very different – but we hope to curate an experience that allows for a similar merging of art, life, academia and experience.

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