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Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities

Call for Papers

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities
Type: 13th ICSA International Conference
Institution: International Communal Studies Association (ICSA)
Location: Camphill Communities near Hudson, NY (USA)
Date: 18.–21.7.2019
Deadline: 1.2.2019

Our thirteenth international conference will explore strategies that
intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment
of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic
backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. We especially
welcome proposals related to intentional communities and community
movements that focus on the experiences of particular groups that
have historically been marginalized — as, for example, the Camphill
movement does for persons with intellectual disabilities. What can
the field of communal studies learn from the unique experiences of
such communities? We also especially welcome proposals that explore
the implications of community choices that seek to increase or to
limit diversity. How have communities succeeded or failed in their
efforts to increase diversity or strengthen inclusion? Under what
circumstances is it appropriate or necessary for an intentional
community to limit certain forms of diversity? What is the
relationship between the mere presence of previously excluded persons
in a community, and the full inclusion and empowerment of those
persons? What lessons might intentional communities share with other
persons and organizations committed to diversity, inclusion, and

We welcome proposals in the following categories: 1) scholarly
papers, 2) scholarly panels with 2-4 presenters, 3) workshops, and 4)
cultural events. Scholarly papers should be designed to take thirty
minutes (ordinarily, twenty minutes for presentation and ten minutes
for conversation). Panels, workshops and cultural events should be
designed to take one hour. If the conference schedule allows, we may
be able to expand these times slightly. Cultural events, which may be
either interactive classes or performances, should be explicitly
designed to be accessible to persons with intellectual and/or
physical disabilities. We welcome proposals that use Open Space,
World Café, Universal Design for Learning, or similar methods to
promote inclusion and active participation.

As always, we are happy to receive proposals on subjects unrelated to
the conference theme, so long as they are relevant to the study of
intentional communities.

Deadline for Submission of Proposals:
1 February 2019

To submit a proposal, please email your proposal to conference chair
Dan McKanan at or upload a single proposal
document to the ICSA website at:

Please include:
1) the title of your presentation,
2) an indication of whether it is a paper, panel, workshop, or
  cultural event,
3) the names and contact information of all presenters,
4) an abstract of up to 300 words, suitable for inclusion in the
  program book,
5) a fifty-word biography of each presenter.

Dan McKanan, Conference Chair
Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School


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