This symposium is an invitation for members of our communities to share differing perspectives and practices in the hopes of enabling our communities to move together. It is an invitation to come watch a screening of Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch’s documentary “Invitation to Dance”. It is an invitation to those working from critical perspectives within disability, Deaf, neurodiversity, mad, illness, crip, and other social justice movements, to discuss ideas of disability, art, and movement that emerge from the screening. It is an invitation, especially for those working within Quebec, coming from Quebec, or wanting to connect better to Quebec communities, to engage publicly with the specificity of our experiences and movements. It is an invitation to share differing perspectives and practices within and between our movements, languages, and disciplines, in hopes of creating new ways of understanding our pasts, of cooperating in the present, and of imagining our futures.
We come to this symposium because of a (re)emergence and incredible growth of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group in Montreal, over the last two years. Although Quebec has a long history of activism, art, and of some individual academics working on disability, these two years there has been a major increase in disability and Deaf research and activism, and an unprecedented movement towards connecting activists, artists, and academics, who have worked in isolation, together. Through this symposium, we hope to invite many more to this movement, and deepen our understandings of, engagements with, accountability to, and generative learning from each other’s perspectives and practices.
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.
We respect people's diverse ways of participating in events such as these and we invite you to do what you need to do to feel as comfortable as possible (stretch, take breaks, use softwares…). We, the organizers will follow and respond to our own accessibility needs as well.
If there is any accessibility information that we haven't provided, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to search it out.
Wednesday May 4
Thursday May 5
Location: Black Box (EV building, SS3 floor)
Meals on the 11th floor (EV 11.705)
1515 Ste Catherine street west.
It is on the north-east corner of Ste Catherine and Guy streets.
Getting to the Conference
The conference will be held at Concordia's, Sir George Williams campus in downtown Montreal.
Concordia is located near a few major bus routes:
From west of Guy street: Route # 15 along Sainte-Catherine street
From east of rue Bishop: Route # 15 along De Maisonneuve blvd
From east or west: Route # 24 along Sherbrooke Street, Bishop stop
From Cote-des-Neiges: Route #165
All city buses have ramps, however, there are often problems with how well they work. The buses with front ramps work better than those at the back. If you require a ramp to board the bus we suggest verifying if the bus has a ‘front ramp’ on the STM bus schedule (See image below). Bus schedules available here: http://www.stm.info/en
If you use the metro: Guy-Concordia Station.
***Please note that this station is not wheelchair-accessible. There are no elevators and no escalators from the train platform to the main-level of the station.
Transport Adapté (paratransit)
Symposium activities: Drop-off location is at 1515 Sainte-Catherine west.
Film screening: Drop-off location is at 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest.
***If you would like someone to meet you at that stop and accompany you to the location of the conference, please let us know and we will arrange this. We will update this site with a telephone number closer to the date of the conference.
Visitors from elsewhere in Quebec
If you are already registered for a paratransit service in Quebec, you are eligible for the STM's paratransit program. If not, you can still use paratransit services if you use a wheelchair at all times.
Visitors from outside Quebec
Visitors from outside Quebec can use paratransit services if they use a wheelchair at all times. For more info, call 514-280-8211 or visit STM’s website: http://www.stm.info/en/paratransit/admission/visitors
Below is a list of taxis with adapted minivans. Please note that it can be difficult to access these rides because there is a shortage of accessible taxi vehicles in Montreal. Some companies may request a cost higher than the metre. In Quebec it is illegal to charge more for an accessible taxi. You have the right to pay the fee that is signified on the metre.