CFP, Special Issue of Societies: ‘Interrogating Representations of dis/Ability within and through Material Culture’

Manuscript Deadline: 31st December 2015

This Special Issue invites manuscripts that engage with examining “things” in contemporary society that are about people with differing abilities or have been created forwith or by people with differing abilities. These “things” of material culture came to existence through a creation process that either imagined or included people with different abilities, yet once in existence these things are created and re-created by people through consistent engagement and re-engagement. Things and people are entwined in a loop of dynamic flux and performance. When considering material culture and dis/Ability, research is typically approached as universal design, inclusion and accessibility. This Special Issue takes an alternative approach by aiming to question societal representations of differing abilities and disability within and through material culture. For the purpose of exploring dis/Ability through material culture, representations refer to explicit representations through mediums such as photographs and drawings, as well as more implicit representations through codes, symbols and systems that speak to different abilities (e.g., ramps, stairs, Braille signage). As such, papers that explore things (large or small, from spaces to objects) through description and deep analysis will make up this Special Issue.

Manuscripts for this Special Issue should make connections among people, objects and sociocultural issues, which may include explorations, for example, into embodiment, equity, ethics, representation, or sustainability as these relate to dis/Ability and material culture. As such, of particular interest are research enquiries that look at themes through material culture including but not limited to: attachments, values, identities, and the meanings of objects for individuals within or in relation to society. Interdisciplinary researchers are particularly encouraged to submit work for this Special Issue to reflect the scholarly fields of ability studies, disability studies, design studies, material culture studies and science/technology studies.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on theInstructions for Authors page. Societies is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Special Issue Editor:

Dr. Megan Strickfaden
Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1, Canada

3 PhD Studentships, ‘The Arts and Dementia’, Worcester and Nottingham

Applications are invited for three PhD Studentships (two based at the University of Worcester and one at the University of Nottingham).

The Alzheimer’s Society has funded 8 Doctoral Training Centres in various aspects of dementia to help to increase research knowledge and capacity in this vital area. TAnDem is the name of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) that has been funded to focus on studying The Arts and Dementia. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia at the University of Nottingham.

Without greater knowledge and evidence about the arts and dementia, people living with dementia and their families cannot make informed choices. It is difficult for service providers and artists to help people with dementia and their carers to live well with dementia, as commissioners cannot justify expenditure on arts-as-interventions.  The TAnDem PhD studentships are designed to remedy this gap in scientific knowledge and understanding. All of the proposed studentships will have a common focus on advancing knowledge about the impact of engagement with creative activities on people with all stages of dementia and on their family and professional carers. See the further information sheet for details of topics and supervisors.

One unique aspect of TAnDem is that it offers the complementary resources of two universities to all the PhD candidates.

TAnDem links two specialist centres for dementia research and service development in the Midlands, both of which have a wealth of current, relevant research under way and growing reputations for excellence. For further details click here.


For an informal discussion about the studentship please feel free to contact either to Professor Dawn Brooker ( or Professor Tom Dening  (

For questions regarding the application process contact Mrs Kirsten Nayler, (Tel: 01905 54 2182; email:

Closing date for applications is 11th May 2015.  Candidates will be invited for interview on 10th or 11th June at the University of Worcester.


CFP: ‘Disability and the Family’, Considering Disability Journal

Considering Disability: The Contemporary Disability Studies Journal

Special Issue: Disability and the family

At one level, disability is inextricably connected to family: think of parents looking after their disabled child, or people supporting their disabled parents or spouses in later life. It often makes more sense to talk about “disabled families” than “disabled people”, because the effects of exclusion and stigma are felt by non-disabled family members. Yet for the disability rights movement, the quest for independent living and self-determination has sometimes necessitated breaking away from infantilising parents. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities mentions families in the preamble, but aside from Article 23, does not mention the non-disabled family members who often provide a life-line for their socially excluded siblings, children or parents. Globally, family members provide the majority of assistance and support for disabled people. Aside from informal care, we still lack good research in the field of sexuality and disability. The priority of achieving rights in the public realm has left the private realm somewhat unexplored.

This special issue will explore research into all aspects of the intersection of families and disability, including but not limited to:

  • Parents of disabled children, and the new sociology of acceptance;
  • The role of parent support groups;
  • Childcare and nursery provision for disabled children;
  • Siblings of disabled children;
  • Schooling and training for disabled young people;
  • Adolescence and transition;
  • Sexuality and relationships;
  • Reproductive choice;
  • Parenting for disabled people;
  • Informal care;
  • The children as carers debate.

Contributions from the disciplines of sociology, social policy, social work, psychology, law, ethics and related fields are all welcome.  We particularly welcome papers reporting on empirical data.

Abstract deadline: 1st May 2015

Papers and abstracts can be submitted to Following peer review and after acceptance, you may be asked for a fee or voluntary donation towards the running costs of the journal. Self-funded authors will never be asked for a fee. Your ability to pay fees or donate to the journal will not affect publication in the Considering Disability Journal. Papers cannot be withdrawn after final acceptance.
For more information about the submissions process, abstract guidance and submissions guidelines email or contact us via

Dr. Tom Shakespeare
on behalf of the CDJ Executive Board

Call for Submissions for a new Queer and Disabled Anthology

Raymond Luczak, editor of Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader and Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, is looking for new creative work (fiction, poetry, essay, and memoir) for an anthology focusing on the queer and/or LGBT disability experience. The pieces need to explore in some way the question of what it means to be queer and disabled. People who identify as genderqueer, genderfluid, etc. are welcome to send in their work. Reprints are also welcome (please note where it was first published in the submission), but unpublished material is preferred. Our goal is to bring the book out by November 2015.

How to Submit

  • Have your work in a Word-compatible document (rtf or doc).
  • Prose submissions can be up to 6,000 words (novel excerpts must be stand-alone).
  • Poetry submissions can be up to 12 pages.
  • Include a short bio and mention your disability in your email.
  • The email address for submissions and questions is

Deadline: 30th June 2015

For more information about Squares & Rebels, please see our website.

The Lumen: MH Magazine Launch, Edinburgh

Magazine Launch and Readings – Friday 24th April 2015

All are welcome to celebrate the first edition of The Lumen, a magazine for new literature and visual art that arose from a student-led medical humanities group in Edinburgh. The Lumen intends to provide a forum for the expression of the unique aspects of the medical encounter.

The evening will feature:

  • locally-dwelling contributors to the magazine reading their featured piece(s) and/or new work.
  • a running projection of the visual artwork featured in the magazine and other work by the featured artists.
  • copies of the magazine available to buy (on a not-for-profit basis) and to order, should we sell out.
  • wine and nibbles

Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Venue: 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU. Follow signs to Project Room 1.06 (First floor).

CFP, Special Issue of CJDS: ‘Telling Ourselves Sideways, Crooked, and Crip’

New CFP for a Canadian Journal of Developmental Studies (CJDS) Special Issue co-edited by Joshua St. Pierre and Danielle Peers:

Telling Ourselves Sideways,
             and Crip

Disability Studies is an exciting and expanding field, drawing across multiple disiciplines  and methodologies. It fosters subversive communities that supplant neoliberal and meritocratic ideals of productivity, efficiency, and individualism with radical and collective forms of interaction and communication. Why, then, does this crip politic so often stop at the page? Why is disability largely represented, composed, and reified within disability studies through normative forms such as essays and monographs?

In Crip Theory, Robert McRuer argues for “a loss of composure, since it is only in such a state that heteronormativity might be questioned or resisted and that new (queer/disabled) identities and communities might be imagined.” With McRuer we suggest that reimagining disability and disability communities in generative ways requires, in part, that we reorientate ourselves away from compulsory ideals shaped by and within straight forms of composition. What might it mean to break form and “get the story crooked” (Kellner xi)? What might it mean to stutter composition itself, creating “gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning” (McRuer 157) that de/re/compose disability in ways that cannot signify monolithically?

We seek submissions that engage in playful, non-normative, experiential, and experimental formats and that use such (de)compositional forms to create/explore crip knowledges, enactments, aesthetics, and corporealities. Following Dolmage (2013) and Titckosky (2011), we seek crip offerings that engage with access as a central practice of creation, and as inextricable from the argument and aesthetics of the work. Possible submissions may include, but are (definitely) not limited to (a blurring, bending, or mingling of):

  • aphoristic writing
  • soundscapes
  • poetic essays  
  • multi-voiced articulations
  • diffractions       
  • video art/poems             
  • polymonographs             
  • found artifacts
  • hypertext and digital offerings         
  • research creation       
  • subvertisements                     
  • duoautoethnographies                   
  • manifestos         
  • graphic memoirs
  • podcasts                                                                                                
  • installations                                     
  • performances   
  • cut-ups

Submissions should be limited in size based on whichever of the following criteria best apply:  10 GB, 20 minutes long, 7000 words (exclusive of references). We encourage brief artistic statements if the addition of such improves theoretical clarity or accessibility. We expect that visual descriptions will be provided for all images and figures. All submissions should be sent electronically to guest editors Joshua St. Pierre and Danielle Peers at and, by 1st January 2016.

Jay Dolmage, Ph.D
Editor, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of English
University of Waterloo
Department of English
Hagey Hall of Humanities Building
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: 519 888 4567 x31035
Fax: 519 746 5788

CFP: Disrupting Visibility: The Politics of Passing


Location: Goldsmiths, University of London

Date: 12th June 2015

This conference seeks to explore passing in all its ramifications and the intricate work that it does. What are we doing when we are passing? Who passes and why? How can passing be a source of pride and shame, of pleasure and pain? How can passing be about danger and survival? How can passing be both transgressive and conservative?

We welcome contributions for 20-minute presentations from postgraduate students and early career researchers that explore passing in all its forms and representations. We are interested both in academic and more creative engagements with the subject, such as performances and visual presentations. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of gender, race and class passing in art, film, popular media and literature
  • Transgender passing and experience
  • Lesbian, bisexual and gay invisibility: heterosexual passing
  • Passing and visibility: marked and unmarked bodies
  • Class passing: from social mobility to slumming
  • Passing as a survival strategy: negotiating social discrimination
  • Objectification and self-fashioning: passing as creative individualism
  • Unwillingly fitting stereotypes or assimilation: passing as violence
  • Refusing to pass: rejecting codes of conduct and queer expressions
  • Intersectional passing: navigating multiple identifications and borders
  • Passing as a challenge to “authentic” or “natural” identities or, passing as searching for the “real” self


Please email proposals of no more than 250 words to by Friday 10th April 2015. Please include also your name, institutional affiliation and a short biography of up to 100 words.