Call for Papers, Volume 8
Submission Deadline: February 27th, 2017
In this 8th iteration of Critical Disability Discourses/Discours critiques dans le champ du handicap (CDD/DCCH), our editorial team would like to return to the foundational question:
What is knowledge?
Knowledge about disability is typically located within research, academic, and other “expert” settings, and many people with disabilities are prevented from participating in what we call knowledge production. Recent work by disabled people breaks with these practices, challenging the kinds of knowledge that are privileged.
Volume 8 of CDD questions the nature of knowledge and knowledge-production by signalling to marginalized events, contexts, producers, and experiences of knowledge. These include communities of disabled people, as well as scholars and activists, who are disavowed from participating in the processes of meaning production that are generally favoured in academic research and activist exchanges. We encourage Disabled and Mad people, who are located in the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality and often excluded from these processes, to contribute to this volume.
We will prioritize submissions from writers, artists, photographers, videographers, and others, who are or who identify as
Form and Style
We also hope to collectively challenge and resist common assumptions about the location of knowledge and the ways these are grounded in practices and mirrored in the realities of power. Consider, for example, that interactions and knowledge that occur online and outside of academic settings create the meaning of disability for many.
Our editorial team also recognizes the need to move beyond frameworks that favour written text and to acknowledge the particular role that writing plays in limiting access to, and expressions of, knowledge.
While written submissions are welcome, we strive to create space for other forms of authorship and invite submissions that produce and share knowledge in the following ways:
We also welcome other possibilities.
We invite authors to draw upon the themes listed below. Projects which do not reflect these ideas are also welcome.
- Critical engagement with research that is conducted in the Global South by scholars based in or trained in the Global North
- Perceptions of universality versus specificity
- Eurocentric knowledge production within and part of academic and other institutions
- Research from marginalized communities within the Global North, with particular attention to the production of and resistance to able-bodied, cisgendered, and heterosexual white supremacy
- Police violence against disabled Black and Indigenous bodies
- Collective actions, community/local mobilizations, and popular movements that disrupt and dismantle able-bodied white supremacy, such as Black Lives Matter
- Disability, disablement, and Trans bodies, particularly experiences of Trans women of color
- The appropriation of histories of survivorship by those outside of Mad, consumer, survivor, and ex-patient communities or communities of people labelled with intellectual disabilities
- Considerations of how survivors are positioned or not positioned as authorities on institutional histories and the work that is being done to recognize their expertise
- Disability as a result of global/transnational capitalism, neo-liberal labour/work practices, particularly in the Global South
- The ways in which neoliberalism/transnational capitalism affect policy/pedagogy/research/activism
- The ways in which disability interacts with other categories of difference in the context of transnational capitalism
If you have any questions, contact CDD Managing Editor, Natalie Spagnuolo, at firstname.lastname@example.org