[Call for Abstracts] Approaching Rest, Work, and Activism through the Lens of Disability Politics: Relationships and Contradictions

Call for abstracts (deadline 31st July 2023):

Approaching Rest, Work, and Activism through the Lens of Disability Politics: Relationships and Contradictions

A British Sociological Association (BSA) Postgraduate Event (submissions from non-PGR scholars are also welcome)

Date of event: 1 November 2023
Location: University of Birmingham, UK

Please send your abstract to Ioana Cerasella Chis at icc108@student.bham.ac.uk with the subject line ‘BSA abstract submission’.

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We welcome abstracts (between 300-500 words) by academic scholars (PGRs are especially encouraged to apply) and non-academic activists who are interested in exploring and discussing the relationships and contradictions between rest, work, and activism through the lens of disability politics. The approach to ‘rest’ taken at this event is intentionally broad and it includes leisure, idleness, relaxation, rejuvenation, recuperation, or other related terms and (non-)activities.

Abstracts along any of the following lines are welcomed:

  • What is rest in the context of disability politics in capitalist societies?
  • What theories and frameworks are most insightful for exploring the relationships and contradictions between rest, work, disablement, and activism in capitalist societies? (not all topics listed here need to be explored in the abstracts or presentation);
  • The implications of the lack of rest for people who are/identify as being disabled, having impairments, being chronically ill, neurodivergent, D/deaf, or experiencing mental distress;
  • Infrastructures and practices of rest and/or activism in the context of disability politics, and their significance;
  • Analysing state policies and workplace practices in relation to disability and rest and suggesting ways forward;
  • Analysing collective resistance in relation to rest and disability;
  • Differences between leisure, resting, and other related terms and activities – why do they matter?
  • Empirically- and/or theoretically-informed vocabularies for emancipatory conceptualisations and demands for increased rest;
  • any other relevant presentations that are related to the theme of the event.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 July 2023.

Decisions will be communicated to all participants by: 1 September 2023.

Registration for the event will open in early September 2023.

The programme will be announced in early October 2023.

The event will take place in-person, with online participation to be confirmed.


If your abstract is accepted, the registration fee will be as follows:

• BSA Member: FREE
• Non-Member: £15

This event is hosted by the University of Birmingham and convened by Ioana Cerasella Chis – doctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

All best wishes,

Ioana Cerasella Chis

Doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham & co-convenor of BSA Theory Study Group

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