CFP Assistance, Assistants and Assistive Media

Assistance, Assistants and Assistive Media. Barriers and Interfaces of Digital Cultures

The research project Media of Assistance, is organising its final conference in the coming summer term: "Assistance, Assistants and Assistive Media. Barriers and Interfaces of Digital Cultures" and would like to invite you to participate.

The conference will take place between 1 and 3 July, probably online. Submissions for papers should be sent to AssistiveMedia [at] by 18 April.

All further information can be found in the call for papers: Click here for more information.




Diskussionsforum 17.03.2021, 18:00 Uhr

Universität und Assistenz. Assistive Medien in Lehre und Forschung

Die Universitäten in Deutschland streben danach, auf den unterschiedlichen Ebenen Chancengleichheit und Barrierefreiheit herzustellen sowie die diverse Zusammensetzung aller Statusgruppen zu fördern. Das Diskussionsforum befragt diesen inklusiven Anspruch der Hochschulen in Bezug auf assistive Medien und wird ihn mit den eingeladenen Gästen und interessierten Zuhörer*innen diskutieren.


Event: 07.02.2021

Conversation starters for the Deaf and the Hearing

Deaf Culture and Hearing Culture, both have established ways of communicating among each other. When you want to mix and mingle, members of both groups need to find new shared channels. We present design considerations leading to our playful prototypes, serving as icebreakers and dialog starters. We rely on open source software to create open source hardware.


10-11 December 2020

First Network Meeting

Read here about the first meeting "Agency – Participation – Cooperation: The Praxeological Production of Dis-/Abilities by Heterogeneous Entities" which will take place on December 10 and 11, 2020.

We have four exciting public talks by Myriam Winance, Michael Schillmeier, Beate Ochsner and Christian Meyer.

During the public talks, ASL interpretation will be provided.

Participation is free but you need to register for the event.



18 March 2021, 6:00-7:30pm CET

Keynote: Meryl Alper

Critical Media Access Studies: Examining the Benefits and Limits of Accessibility in Mediated Spaces


Disability Studies und Inklusive Bildung

Post-Doc-Stelle (Universitätsassistenz) an der Universität Innsbruck

Disability Studies und Inklusive Bildung

Eigenständige Forschung und Lehre im Lehr- und Forschungsbereich Disability Studies und Inklusive Bildung. Bewerbungsfrist: 16.4.; Laufzeit 4 Jahre mit Option auf Verlängerung um 2 Jahre; gewünschter Beginn: 01.06.2021

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Event note

Deafness and Hearing in the History od Science

Friday, February 12th 12-1:30 p.m. (ET)

Join NYU CDS and the authors and editors for a reading, discussion, and celebration of two new books: Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware), Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History (Chicago, 2020) Victoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt University of Berlin), Mara Mills (NYU), and Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State), eds. Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality (Oxford, 2020)


2nd Network Meeting (17-19 March 2021)

Assistance - On the History of Assistive Ensembles

The category of assistive technologies is often discussed as a political category (Alper 2017), as they invoke connotations such as “in need of help” with respect to the respective users. At this meeting, the concept of assistance will be historically situated and questioned. The aim is to problematize the question of what meanings have been attributed to the concept of assistance in the context of dis/abilities in the history of digital media and what place the term takes in current debates about bodies with varying abilities.


March 1- April 6

Virtual Conference: New Histories of Medical Technology

Medical technologies have transformed the nature of doctor-patient relationships, definitions of health an disease, and the spaces and rhythms of clinical practice. Moving beyond heroic diagnostics and therapeutic devices, this conference spotlights how ordinary objects - speculums, prothetics, hearig aids - have shaped medicine's engagement with technology.


Disability COVID Chronicles

Share Your Stories and Ephemera with the CDS-Tamiment Library

The NYU Center for Disability Studies is documenting the experiences of disabled and chronically ill people during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Disabled people, especially people of color and those living in nursing homes or other congregate housing, have been at greatest risk of infection and death from COVID-19. In building a publicly-accessible archive, we collaborate with community members to preserve memories, stories, artworks, and other materials in a range of accessible formats.


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