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Inviting Movements, Quebec's first ever Critical Disabilities Symposium - May 4-5, 2016

Inviting Movements: Emerging Critical Disability & Deaf Perspectives and Practices will be held on May 4 and 5, 2016 at Concordia University. All events are free of charge. Everyone is welcome!

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We are at a critical time in Quebec with legislation being discussed, with care communities emerging, with scholars coming together and sharing their research, and differing perspectives on these emerging movements taking hold.

Join us as we discuss these important issues and learn from those working from critical perspectives within disability, Deaf, neurodiversity, mad, illness, crip, and other social justice movements.

When: May 4 and 5, 2016. Full program linked here :

Where: Concordia’s EV building, located at 1515 Ste Catherine street west

Film Screening: Invitation to Dance screening at 1455 De Maisonneuve west, room H-110

Please sign up to help us plan for meals and accessibility considerations:

The film, Invitation to Dance, will be screened, May 4, and a keynote with Simi Linton, world-renowned disability rights advocate, dancer and writer, will be May 5.

Accessibility Notes


ASL and LSQ interpreters will be available throughout the conference, in sessions, film screening (for the opening and Q&A), and during meals.


All locations are accessible for people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

Subtitles and Video Description

The film, “Invitation to Dance”, will be subtitled in English, there will also be video description in English.

Quiet space

The location where we will share meals will be open during conference sessions for those who may need a break, or who would like to have a quiet place with.

About the organizers

The Critical Disability Studies Working Group (CDSWG) is an interdisciplinary team of scholars, activists and creators that engage in an ongoing transformation of disability studies into a critical paradigm. Our research underscores the ways that normative assumptions about the body, cognition and perception operate on ableist assumptions that promote a limited range of understanding of what it means to be human.

The Community + Differential Mobilities Cluster group deals with those who are often marginalized, ignored, or seen to be outside of the digital age. Our approach is based on ideas of what it means to work with communities assessing their technological needs and desires. We include in our participatory approach to technology and media making academics, activists, artists dealing with migration/immigration; disability and able-ism in the built environment and in society; older adults. We use whatever is appropriate, whatever is at hand. This helps to situate our group within Concordia’s current strategic plan, and self-identification as a University connected to the city and to the world.

Archival Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016