ICDC- International Conference on Dis/Ability Communication

The International Conference Dis/Ability Communication: Perspectives and Challenges in the 21st Century (ICDC-2017), on 9-11 January in Mumbai, India.

The International Conference Dis/Ability Communication: Perspectives and Challenges in the 21st Century (ICDC-2017) will be held at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP), Uttan, 35km from the international airport at Mumbai, India, 9-11 January, 2017. The ICDC-2017 conference is being organized by the Department of Communication and Journalism (DCJ), University of Mumbai, in collaboration with AYJNIHH, Bandra, Mumbai, India and the research group CCD, Communication, Culture & Diversity at Jönköping University, Sweden. The ICDC-2017 conference has been organized within the framework of the Media and Disability Communication Program initiated by the University of Mumbai, India.

Background and objectives

‘Dis-Ability Communication’ focuses a continuum of abilities and constitutes a continuous process that involves people’s participation across different settings and stages of communication. The latter includes a selection of medium, creation of messages, language and dissemination of information, education and entertainment to and from persons with disabilities and others, not least those involved in rehabilitation processes. Participation processes are embedded in a matrix of ideological hegemony, including practices in society that thwart the cultural identity of persons with disabilities. This is especially the case when it comes to Deaf individuals and the Deaf community.

The global framework of the United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), emphasizes a need for the creation of awareness on disability issues (Article-8), a requirement for accessibility (Article-9), a need for accessible information (Article-21) and the need to provide participation and accessibility to cultural life, recreation, leisure and sports. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 % of the world population suffers from one or more disabilities. According to the WHO (2015), these people constitute the largest minority in the world.

The 2011 census of India highlighted that there were 26,810,557 persons with disabilities in the sub-continent of India. The 11th plan in India estimates that approximately 5-6 % of the total population comprises of persons with disability. The number of persons with disabilities is estimated to increase with the rising numbers of elderly people around the globe as well as in India, leading to further requirements for equal participation and accessibility. This background and the movement towards a digital and accessible India constitute key points of departure for the international conference ICDC-2017. The main objective of ICDC-2017 is to establish a forum for dialogue on the study of interaction, learning and identity formation. This, it is envisaged, will enable meeting challenges in approaching Dis-Ability through a participatory understanding of communication using technology.

The overarching theme for the conference relates to alternative approaches towards persons across dis/abilities, focusing on their enhanced participation using communication technologies with the potential to revisit boundaries of Time, Space and Place. Furthermore, ICDC-2017 will include the preparation and formulation of a syllabus for a Master of Arts course in Dis-Ability Communication (MADC). It will be a platform that will enable the presentation and discussion of full papers that will be considered for publication in an edited volume with an established publisher.

In addition to paper presentations, the ICDC-2017 conference will include presentations by invited featured speakers as well as panel discussions that will be led by internationally acclaimed researchers in the areas focused at the conference. Service oriented and industrial groups working in the Dis/ability sector will be invited to participate.

Confirmed international featured speakers

Professor, Dr. Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, CCD, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden

Associate professor, Dr. Ylva Lindberg, CCD, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden

Assistant professor, Dr. Giulia Messina Dahlberg, CCD, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

CEO Ms. Petra Weckström, Örebro County Theater, Örebro, Sweden and CCD, Jönköping University

Dr. Vinesh Hookoomsingh, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Organizing committee

Chairs

Dr. Sanjay V Ranade, BOS/DCJ, Mumbai University, India and Associate professor

Dr. Sunder Rajdeep, HOD/DCJ, Mumbai University, India and Assistant professor

Dr. Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, CCD, Jönköping University, Sweden and Professor

Members

Dr. A.K.Sinha, AYJNIHH, Mumbai, India and Director

Dr. Giulia Messina Dahlberg, CCD, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

Dr. Mathew Martin, P.J.PGDMDC, AYJNIHH, Mumbai, India and CCD, Jönköping University

Dr. Mira Desai, SNDT University, Mumbai, India

Dr. Ylva Lindberg, CCD, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden

Mr. Ashay Sahasrabuddhe, PGDMDC, AYJNIHH, Mumbai University, India

Mr. Sunil Sahasrabhudhe, ISL-Cell, AYJNIHH, Mumbai, India

Ms. Anjali Kant, HOD/Speech, AYJNIHH, Mumbai, India

Ms. Anushka Kulkarni, DCJ, Mumbai University, India

Ms. Daivata Patil, DCJ, Mumbai University, India

Ms. Divya Nair, DCJ, Mumbai University, India

Ms. Lubna, DCJ, Mumbai University, India

Ms. Manjula Srinivas, HOD/Mass Media, K.C. College, Mumbai, India

Ms. Sharmila Divatia, PGDMDC, AYJNIHH, Mumbai University, India

Call for Papers- Deadlines

30 August 2016: Deadline submission of abstracts

15 October 2016: Acceptance/rejection notification of abstracts

1 December 2016: Full Paper Submission deadline

9011 January: ICDC-2017 conference

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Dis/Ability Communication
  • Dis/Ability Rights
  • Dis/Ability Narratives and Culture
  • Accessible Technology
  • Exploring Diversity and Dis/Ability

The following sub-themes are of interest:

  • Rehabilitation,
  • Ethics,
  • Audiences-Media and Disability,
  • Language,
  • Education,
  • Interpreters and captioning,
  • Audio-description,
  • Accessibility,
  • Digital Accessibility,
  • Accessible Websites,
  • Accessible Environment,
  • Multimodal Communication,
  • Participation in Communication

Conference calendar

15 June 2016: Abstract submission opens

30 August 2016: Deadline submission of abstracts

15 October 2016: Acceptance/rejection notification of abstracts

15 October 2016: Conference registration opens

1 December 2016: Full paper submission deadline

1 December 2016: Conference registration deadline

15 December 2016: Conference schedule announced

8 January 2017: Participants arrival at the conference venue

9-11 January 2017: Conference dates

12 January 2017: Departure of participants from the conference venue

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Conference chair

Prof. Sanjay V Ranade-Chairperson Board of Studies, Communication & Journalism, University of Mumbai, India.

Conference Co-chairs

Prof. Sangeeta Bagga Gupta- Prof. & Chair CCD–Orebro University, Sweden

Dr. Sunder Rajdeep, Head of the Department of Communication & Journalism, University of Mumbai, India.

Additional Registration Information

Conference registration will open on 15th April 2016.

See official Call for Papers -- LINK MISSING!!

You are invited to participate with a paper for presentation.

Notes for authors

You can submit your abstract either to a thematic session or to the open sessions. Abstracts should not exceed 250-300 words in length. Please submit only one abstract per session. We do not require you to send us a full copy of your paper before the conference. But the papers selected for presentation will be intimated after blind peer review of abstract. Only Full papers submitted before the deadline of final submission will be listed for presentation in the conference schedule/program.

Abstracts must include title of the paper, author’s name, designation and organizational affiliation. Also, mention statement of the problem, objective, rationale, methodology and a summary of conclusions or utility of the research. Abstracts received BEFORE the deadlines are appreciated.

Click here to submit your abstract. LINK MISSING!!

Click here for instructions to submit the full paper. LINK MISSING!!

Conference calendar

  • 15th April 2016 - Conference Registration & Abstract Submission opens
  • 1st Nov. 2016- Conference Schedule and Paper Presentation given to registered participants.
  • 30th Nov. 2016-Expected Participants Arrival to the Venue of Conference.
  • 1st to 3rd Dec. 2016. Conference
  • 4th Expected Departure of Participants from the Venue of Conference.

Fee Pattern

  • Rs 5,000 for early bird discount
  • 6000/- regular (INR)
  • 1500/- for students (Produce ID Card with validity date)
  • Fee for foreign participants US $ 200
  • Late Fee Rs.1000/- (for Indian participants) and US$100(for foreign participants)

(Extra payments will be levied for more than 3 days 3 nights stay at the conference venue)

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Disability Communication,
  • Disability Rights,
  • Disability Narratives and Culture,
  • Accessible Technology,
  • Exploring Diversity and Disability

Sub themes:

  • Rehabilitation,
  • Ethics,
  • Audiences-Media and Disability,
  • Language,
  • Education,
  • Interpreters and captioning,
  • Audio-description,
  • Accessibility,
  • Digital Accessibility,
  • Accessible Websites,
  • Accessible Environment,
  • Multimodal Communication,
  • Participation in Communication etc (but not limited to)

Schedule of submission of research papers:

  • 15th Apr: Early Abstract (Early bird discount)
  • 1st May: Review and confirmation of abstract about acceptance
  • 15th May: Abstract with late fees
  • 30th June: Full paper submission
  • 15th Aug: Final submission with late fees
  • 1st Sept: final acceptance of paper and letter of confirmation.
  • 30th Oct. letters of invitation to participants and delegates with the schedule.

Content updated 2016-06-13






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