Volume 7


Critical Disability Discourses is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal that was founded in 2009 by graduate students in York University’s Critical Disability Studies Program. We are interested in publishing articles that focus on both experiences and representations of disability from a critical theoretical perspective. We welcome submissions from graduate scholars in a variety of academic fields, as well as from community researchers and activists.

The submission deadline for our next issue is October 15th 2015. We seek papers that discuss or apply a critical theoretical framework towards understanding disability as a category of experience and meaning. This may include articles that draw upon qualitative or quantitative research methods. Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

•Intersections of critical theory and disability. For example, intersections occurring within feminism, post-modernism, postcolonial theory, Marxism, queer theory, and critical race theory

•Disability and other categories of difference, such as sexuality, gender, class, race, and age

•Cultural representations of disability: in television, literature, and film, for instance

•Accessibility rhetoric in law and public policy

•Accommodations and the politics of disclosure

•Disability and Labour/Labour Movements. For example, accessibility issues in unions

•Histories of disability (from Antiquity to Present)

•Disability and social justice/ social justice movements

•Disability and access to social rights. For example, access to education, employment, and health care

•Employment and income security in relation to disability

Submission guidelines are as follows:

1. Articles must critically address a question about an aspect of disability and offer a new angle of thought and insight; this discussion should contribute to scholarship in the field of Critical Disability Studies (CDS). Articles must involve a critical argument, and not simply be descriptive.

2. Articles must be submitted in either English or French. Authors must consent to the translation of their articles for publication.

3. In submitting a manuscript, authors affirm that the research is original and unpublished, is not in press or under consideration elsewhere, and will not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by the Journal.

4. Articles must be 3,000-7,000 words (including quotations, references, footnotes, tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations).

5. The Journal’s style generally follows the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA); English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

6. Manuscripts must be entirely double-spaced (including quotations, notes, references) in 12-point Times New Roman font.

7. The journal accepts footnotes, but only sparingly.

8. An abstract of 100-150 words should summarize the main arguments and themes of the article, the methods and results obtained, if the author’s own research was conducted, and the conclusions reached. A list of 5-7 keywords should also be included after the abstract.

9. We ask that authors be mindful of their language choices pertaining to disability and that they justify the use of words that may be upsetting.

10. In promoting inclusion and accessibility, the journal accepts and encourages tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations within articles. However, all tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations must include detailed written descriptions.

11. Articles are peer-reviewed. Authors’ names and other identifying information must be removed so that articles can be sent to reviewers. Identifying information includes information found under Properties in Word.

12. Authors are responsible for ethics approval for manuscripts by receiving approval from their own institutions. Proof of ethics approval (if applicable) should be provided to the Journal.

Please submit completed manuscripts by registering as an author on our website: http://cdd.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cdd Registration is free.

If you have any questions, contact CDD Managing Editor, Natalie Spagnuolo, at cdsj@yorku.ca

For more information and updates, visit http://cdd.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cdd