CFP for a special issue of the Journal of Women, Gender and Families of Color on Race, Gender and Disability

Although there is much discussion on gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity or gender and disability, there is a dearth of studies about the intersection of race, gender and disability from a critical perspective. This special issue will focus on articles that critically analyze these intersections, from different disciplinary perspectives. We conceptualize these categories broadly to include interrogations into the lives of people of color but also white subjects from a critical whiteness perspective; focus on gender as it encompasses interrogations of femininity, masculinity, transgender or intersex subjectivity and any form of sexual expression and identity and their intersection; and disability to encompass not only impairment but also the socio-cultural aspects that accompany it. Articles can use a variety of methods such as theory based, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, humanities based and more. These works should highlight the experiences of people, or their representations, with respect to race/ethnicity/nationality and gender/sexuality as they relate to disability.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Family caregiving or parenting at the intersections of gender/race/disability
  • Lived experiences of disabled women/people of color
  • Representations of disability in families of color in films and literature
  • News and media representations of race, disability and gender/sexuality
  • Historical analysis that highlights these intersections (e.g., eugenics)
  • Policy, activism and interventions that empower disabled people of color
  • Articles connecting disability studies, queer theory and women’s studies to critical race theory and critical whiteness studies
  • Analysis of policies related to education, employment, immigration and incarceration that centers on the intersections of race, gender and ability

Abstracts must be submitted by June 1, 2013, and completed manuscripts by October 30, 2013 to the guest editors: Sandy Magana,; Liat Ben Moshe, If you would like to review for this issue or have additional inquiries, please contact the guest editors.

Women, Gender, and Families of Color, published bi-annually in the spring and fall, is available electronically and in hardcopy ( It is sponsored by the University of Kansas and published by the University of Illinois Press. Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press ranks as one of the country’s most distinguished university presses. It publishes works of high quality for scholars, students, and the citizens of the state and beyond.

Liat Ben-Moshe, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

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