Wednesday, November 03, 2004

CFP - Candadian Disability Studies Assn & Consortium for Computers in the Humanities

A joint panel from the Canadian Disability Studies Association and COCH/COSH
CFP: Enabling Technologies
Conference Date: May 29-31, 2005
Conference Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2004

The technological revolution has produced an explosion of new hardware, software and sensory modalities that open doors of accessibility for all kinds of users. The Canadian Disability Studies Association and the Consortium for Computers in the Humanities/Le Consortium pour ordinateurs en sciences humaines (COCH/COSH) welcome papers that deal with accessibility issues, including alternative and inclusive technologies, interfaces, and pedagogies for the differently abled. We are interested in discussions centred on electronic assistive technologies as tools and media for the humanities. Software or hardware demonstrations are welcome, but only as a part of an inquiry into the larger issues as they affect access in the arts,
social sciences and education. Possible topics might include:

* assistive technologies: reading/writing software, voice output, onscreen keyboards, portable note takers, etc.
* rich media resources, materials, textbooks in the classroom and online
* instructional technologies
* inclusive design
* augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
* ergonomics
* adult and geriatric education
* networks
* voice, eye, and neurological interfaces
* mobile computing
* hands-free computing
* virtual prosthetics
* implants
* virtual exhibitions and accessible resources
* enabled arts
* music-based technologies
* access-related textual encoding and its standards
* tactile television and computing
* 3D modeling, printers, tactile captions, etc.
* digital textbooks, talking books, tactile animation
* JAWS, cyberlink, and other softwares and their applications
* enabling resources, databases, search engines, services

The Canadian Disability Studies Association is a Canada-wide organization concerned with the intersections with (and within) disability and disability studies, including disability and medicine; social policy and disability; disability history; the immigrant experience and disability; law and disability; disability and queerness; disability and culture; disability in literature; feminism and disability; ethics and disability, disability and pedagogy; and disability and personal/private space.

The Consortium for Computers in the Humanities/Le Consortium pour ordinateurs en sciences humaines is a Canada-wide association of representatives from Canadian colleges and universities that began in 1986. Our objective is to foster communications about, and sharing of, information technology developed by Canadian institutions for the betterment of post-secondary education across Canada. COCH/COSH participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada¹s (HSSFC) annual Congress to promote humanities computing research and scholarship in Canada and internationally. Our theme for the 2005 Congress will be "The Networked Citizen: New Contributions of the Digital Humanities," and will place special emphasis on connections between humanities computing and other fields. It will take place at the University of Western Ontario from May 29-31, 2005.

Paper and/or session proposals will be accepted in English or French until December 15, 2004. Please note that all presenters must be members of COCH/COSH at the time of the conference.

Abstracts/proposals should include the following information at the top: title of paper, author's name(s); complete mailing address, including email; institutional affiliation and rank, if any, of the author; statement of need for audio-visual equipment. Abstracts of papers should be between 150 and 300 words long, and clearly indicate the paper's thesis, methodology and major focus. Be sure to mark your submission as being for the Ĺ’Enabling Technologies¹ Panel.

Single-paper proposals will be accepted electronically via the conference

web site:

Inquiries may be emailed directly to:
Carolyn Guertin, PhD
Senior McLuhan Fellow
McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology
University of Toronto
39A Queen¹s Park Crescent
Toronto Canada M5S 2C3
voice: 416-928-0196
fax: 416-978-5324