༚✧˳⁺⁎ Please help me get to the Disability Studies conference this June! ⁎⁺˳✧༚
I was invited to present a paper at the Society for Disability Studies conference that’s in Minneapolis this June! Yay!
As far as I know it’s the biggest disability studies conference in the U.S. and from what I’ve heard it’s an amazing experience. They’re really dedicated to making the conference accessible and it’s a rare and awesome thing to have so many disability studies scholars/activists in one place at the same time, because we’re usually pretty scattered. I’m also really happy that I’ll get to present my paper with a few other humanities grad students who do disability studies stuff at my school.
So that’s all super exciting!
The less exciting thing is that because they’re so dedicated to making it accessible, conference registration is ridiculously expensive. On top of that, my department/school doesn’t have any kind of funding for this sort of thing—if you’re in a less supported department like Gender & Women’s Studies and an MA student instead of part of a PhD program you’re basically on your own. While my TA stipend is enough to, like, cover groceries and basic day-to-day life stuff usually, there’s no way I can make it stretch to cover what I’d need to go to the conference.
So I need to raise some money to be able to register, and to help cover travel expenses to get to Minneapolis & have a place to stay from June 10th-15th.
I’ve set up a fundraiser thing here and any help would be so so appreciated. Whether you want to donate or just spread the word, I’d be super grateful!
(My paper is on representations of young women with mental illness & specifically how they/we navigate psychiatric and academic systems, for better and worse. I’m talking about how academia can sometimes be a resource/refuge for people with mental illnesses, but it can also be really ableist/alienating/inaccessible, as well as how accessing psych care when you want/need it is really important but it can also be harmful/violently regulatory. It’s obviously something I think is really important, and it’s a pretty personal issue for me.)
Again, whether you’re in a place where you can & want to donate or if you could just repost this, I’d so appreciate it!