Events: Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium at UW


The 2016 Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium


Free public events will take place May 12-14, 2016, on the Seattle and Bothell campuses of the University of Washington.  Sponsored by the UW Disability Studies Program.

  • Proposal deadline: April 1st.  We are accepting manuscripts to be workshopped in small groups, posters, and art.
  • We request that you register by April 1st for any parts of the symposium you wish to attend.

Symposium program:
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The Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium 2016: Making Disability Public: Arts, Scholarship, and Activism, involves several events that are free and open to the public at the University of Washington.  This year, the symposium will feature events that showcase talented artists, highlight advocacy being done on our campuses and in our communities, and provide space for scholars to share work in the field of Disability Studies.  We are pleased to welcome artist Riva Lehrer, an award-winning painter, writer, and speaker whose work explores issues of physical identity and cultural depictions of disability.  Our keynote panels will address how to integrate DS into curricula and pedagogy, and offer perspectives on a state apology for eugenics and forced sterilization.  Emerging scholars and activists are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts on any topic in Disability Studies, as well as posters and art pieces.  All are invited to attend the full symposium in which we engage with ways of making disability public through arts, scholarship, and activism.


  • April 1, 11:59 pm PST: Deadline for proposals and registration
  • May 1: Workshop participants submit final papers
  • May 12 & 13: Community events featuring Riva Lehrer
  • May 14: Symposium panels & workshops & poster session

QUESTIONS? Please email Joanne Woiak and Heather Evans:

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at

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