New Journal of Disability Studies

Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies

Call For Papers

Submission deadline: 30th January 2014

The Equity Studies program, New College, University of Toronto, invites submissions for the inaugural edition of Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability StudiesKnots is a peer-reviewed journal that will highlight high-calibre work by undergraduate students  and undergraduate alumni that moves beyond normative biomedical conceptions of disability and contributes to the development and growth of Disability Studies as a field.

The editors are open to the widest array of discussion of relevant themes and topics that contribute to Disability Studies and the continued examination and deconstruction of ableism. Submissions in the forms of essays, book and film reviews, and art pieces are welcome. Suggested themes might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • intersectional analyses of sexuality/gender/class/race & disability
  • crip community, activism, allyship and disability rights;
  • representations, interpretations of disability in everyday life; in arts, athletics, and performance;
  • disability in local and global contexts; interactions in the medical and rehabilitative communities;
  • education; learning and developmental disabilities;
  • physical disability; psychiatric disability; M/madness;
  • eugenics; disability history; disability rights; employment;
  • representations in pop culture; representation and/or expression through the arts; etc.


Requirements and Reviewing:  Submissions should be original and unpublished with an emphasis on completed (rather than intended) works. Essays should be 2500 words maximum, excluding bibliography; book and film reviews should be 1000 words maximum; art pieces should be accompanied by an artists’ statement not in excess of 500 words. Manuscripts should be fully and correctly cited in APA style.

Submissions will be evaluated on both significance and relevance to the field of Disability Studies as well as technical strength and clarity, and should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract. Submitted work will be subject to peer-review; successfully reviewed entries will be returned to submitters for edits before being approved for publication. Once the editing period has come to a close, we will not accept any changes to an accepted paper.

Submission Procedure & Information:  The submission process is electronic: all manuscript submissions can be made online to  by no later than January 30th, 2013. The author/s name and the title of work both should appear in the subject line of the email; the full manuscript should be attached as a PDF file to the editors. Any questions regarding content, submission, or accessibility requests should be directed to co-editor Sarah Hoedlmoser (

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English, Medical Humanities, University of Leeds

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English, University of Leeds
New Humanities: Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Digital Humanities
Fixed term for 18 months, to start on 1st January 2014

You will have a PhD by the start of the post (1st January 2014) in English studies (Language or Literature) with a connection to one or more of our New Humanities research groupings (Medical; Environmental; Digital) and you will be expected to pursue independent research related one of these groupings.

The New Humanities forms one of the School’s 10 recently devised research groupings. It is divided into three areas as follows, each with their own convenor and group members:

Medical Humanities
Professor Stuart Murray (convenor), Dr Hamilton Carroll, Dr Jeremy Davies, Dr Richard Brown, Dr Simon Swift, Dr Nicholas Ray, Dr Sam Durrant, Dr Helen Iball, Dr Catherine Batt, Dr Denis Flannery, Dr Alaric Hall, Dr Julia Reid

Environmental Humanities
Professor Graham Huggan and Dr David Higgins (Convenors), Dr Fiona Becket, Dr Jeremy Davies, Professor David Fairer, Dr Lourdes Orozco

Digital Humanities
Dr Fiona Douglas and Dr Mark Taylor-Batty (Convenors), Dr Fiona Becket, Professor Martin Butler, Dr Benjamin Clarke, Dr Alaric Hall, Dr Alison Johnson, Professor John Whale)

You will be based at the University of Leeds and will be expected to take an active role in the overall research life and culture of the department.

University Grade 7 (£30,728 – £36,661 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Head of School, Professor John Whale, tel +44 (0)113 343 3643, email

Closing Date: 15th December 2013
(Redeployment Closing Date: 29th November 2013)
For more information and to apply through, follow this link.

CFP: ‘Neuroscience and Modern Fiction’, special edition of Modern Fiction Studies

Modern Fiction Studies
Call for Papers: Upcoming Special Issue
Neuroscience and Modern Fiction
Guest Editor: Stephen J. Burn
Deadline for Submissions: 1st February 2014

The Editors of MFS seek essays that consider how modern fiction has evolved in dialogue with the neuroscientific revolution. In the aftermath of the so-called “Decade of the Brain” (the 1990s), a new wave of accessible surveys of brain research propounded a neuro-rhetoric that increasingly presents itself as the authoritative mode for addressing the total constellation of experience that once constituted the novel’s natural territory. But while scholars have drawn on the new sciences of mind to retool narratological studies and to facilitate Cognitive Historicist readings of classic literary texts, literary critics have rarely explored the ways that modern fiction has absorbed or contested the influence of neuroscience thought. What implications does the fertile intersection of neuroscience and narrative carry for fiction’s traditional building blocks (character motivation, plot structures, narrative architecture)? How does the novel’s language evolve in response to neuro-rhetoric? In terms of the broader conceptual issues, how is the neuroscientific conception of the self challenged or explored in fiction? What are the epistemological consequences of neural determinism for the novel’s fascination with contingency? How do our notions of genre evolve in a neurocentric age?

Such examples are indicative not exhaustive, and we invite essays that explore how modern fiction has engaged with the new sciences of mind. Essays on individual writers and works are welcome, as well as essays on broader trends and issues raised by literature’s cross-fertilization with neuroscience.

Essays should be 7,000 – 8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited. Please submit your essay via the online submission form here.

Queries should be directed to Stephen J. Burn.

3 Postdoctoral Fellowships, on ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (3 posts), Faculty of English Language and Literature, Manor Road, Oxford, in association with St Anne’s College. Grade 7: £29,541 – £36,298 p.a.

Following the award of a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant to Professor Sally Shuttleworth (‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’), the Faculty of English Language and Literature seeks three postdoctoral research assistants to work on aspects of the project. This project will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated in the nineteenth century with the problems of modernity, as expressed in the literature, science and medicine of the period, tracking the circulation of ideas across these diverse areas.

The posts are fixed term for 59 months, and will start on 1st March 2014.

Applicants must have a PhD or DPhil in a relevant area, possess strong communication skills and be willing to participate in the running of the project. The appointees will be based at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

The deadline is 12.00 pm noon UK time on 6th December 2013. Further details are available here.

CFP: ‘Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading’, Wellcome Collection, London


Date: 27th-28th June 2014
Venue: Wellcome Collection, London (
Closing date for submissions: 1st February 2014

“Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” is a two-day conference focusing on the relationship among visual disabilities, reading formats, and multimodal literacy from historical as well as present-day perspectives. It brings together internationally renowned figures from the humanities, sciences, and public sector to discuss technological innovations designed to make reading material accessible to blind and other print-disabled readers. The conference will involve researchers working on a wide range of topics including embossed printing, talking books, text-to-speech reading machines, refreshable braille displays, screen readers, and electronic note-takers. Questions to be considered include: How can visual material be translated into media accessible to other senses including touch, hearing, scent, and taste? How are new techniques of representation linked to new forms of cognition and community? What lessons have been learned about the practice of reading from historical experiments with print access? In today’s digital environments, how does multimodal literacy encompass both blind and sighted readers?

Keynote speakers include Georgina Kleege (Berkeley), Pat Beech (RNIB), Julie Anderson (Kent), George Williams (South Carolina Upstate), and Selina Mills (writer and journalist).

We invite proposals for 15-20 minute presentations. Please email abstracts of 250-300 words and a short cv or bio to Matt Rubery ( and Mara Mills ( by 1st February 2014.

This event is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust and will take place at the Wellcome Collection in central London, near several museums, archives, and other centers at the forefront of preservation efforts related to the history of blindness.

Dr Matthew Rubery
Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
London E1 4NS

CFP: Disabling Domesticity (edited collection)

Domesticity – “The quality or condition of being domestic;” “Home life or devotion to it;” “Household affairs.”

Vital work has been done within disability studies to reimagine sex, sexuality, and disabled bodies and scholars in a number of fields, including for example, feminist and queer theorists and women’s historians, have worked to deconstruct dominant heteronormative notions of domesticity and show the broad force with which domesticity and domestic life get deployed in various cultural and political settings. In this edited collection of new and original scholarship, contributors will focus on the varied “domestic” sites where intimate human relations are formed and maintained. Sites that are at once private and racially, economically, and politically inflected and make up the social, cultural, ideological, and physical spaces where families, friends, workers, and lovers come together and form the bonds that ultimately sustain and in some cases destroy our variegated existence. When we analyze “domesticity” through the lens of disability, it forces us to think in new ways about family and household forms, care work, an ethics of care, reproductive labor, gendered and generational conflicts and cooperation, local and global economies and political systems. Disabling Domesticity will appeal to undergraduate and graduate students, specialists, and general academic readers in a broad range of fields. It seeks to model the interdisciplinary strengths of disability studies. Potential contributors may propose work that focuses on any temporal or geographic location. Proposals from all (disability studies) fields of study, as well as the work of activists and artists are welcome.

Chapter details:

Chapter length – 5,000-7,000 words (20-25 pages – excluding footnotes/endnotes). Essays may have more than one author. Disability and Domesticity may be broadly defined. All temporal and geographic contexts are welcome. Essays must be new and original scholarship (no reprints will be accepted).

Prospective Authors:

Please send CV or resume and a brief (300-500 word) abstract of your project by Friday 3rd January 2014 to Michael Rembis ( Full chapter drafts of the project will be due by February 2015.

Michael Rembis, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Disability Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of History
University at Buffalo

Contact Information:

Department of History
552 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130
phone: (716) 480-6156
fax: (716) 645-5954

CFP: Critical Disability Discourse / Discours Critiques Dans Le Champ Du Handicap

Critical Disability Discourse is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability from a critical perspective. It was launched in November 2009 by York University’s Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Program ( The journal considers articles from graduate scholars in a variety of academic fields, but undergraduate students, activists, and community members/organizers are also invited to contribute. Critical Disability Discourse’s goals are to provide emerging scholars with an opportunity to contribute to the expanding field of critical disability studies and to gain exposure for their work in the public sphere.

Next submission deadline is 1st March 2014.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Critical theory and disability: feminism, post-modernism, postcolonial theory, transnational analysis, Marxism, etc.
  • History of disability: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Victorian Age, Industrial Age, etc.
  • Law and public policy, and disability
  • Qualitative and quantitative research pertaining to disability
  • Education and disability
  • Culture: disability-related popular culture, television, videos, blogs, arts, literature and film analysis
  • Employment, market, workforce, and income security in relation to disability
  • Disability-related topics in social sciences: psychology, sociology, geography, political science
  • Assessment of accessibility accommodations
  • Technology and 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; they should contribute to scholarship in the field of Critical Disability Studies. Articles must involve a critical argument, rather than be only 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. In promoting inclusion and accessibility, the journal accepts and encourages tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations within the article. However, all tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations must include detailed written descriptions.

6. 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.

7. We ask that authors are mindful of their language choices pertaining to disability and that they justify the use of controversial words.

8. Articles are peer-reviewed. Authors’ names and other identifying information must be removed in order to be sent to reviewers.

9. 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.

10. The journal’s style generally follows the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

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

12. The journal accepts footnotes, but only sparingly.


To submit, register as an author on our website: and undergo the submission process.  Registration is free.

If you have any questions, contact CDD Managerial Editor, Elisabeth Harrison,

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