CFP: ‘French and Francophone World Disability Studies’, JLCDS

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 

Call for Papers: French and Francophone World Disability Studies
Guest editors: Tammy Berberi and Christian Flaugh

With this special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, editors wish to explore both long-standing and contemporary contributions to disability studies in the humanities from French-language world regions.  In essays spanning the French Enlightenment and colonial expansion to the present, this issue seeks to reevaluate the impact of French and Francophone world thought on disability studies and the influence that questions of bodily abilities have had on intellectual and philosophical transformations.  It aspires to restore foundational disability studies texts to the cultural and theoretical contexts that gave rise to them as well as to explore new potential revealed by this remapping.  This issue will provide a means for articulating the field of French and Francophone world disability studies as it situates it in a global geography and humanity of disability studies.  It will also examine the transnational and trans-regional intersections between disability studies broadly conceived, continental French studies, and Francophone world studies.

Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone world disability studies will be considered, but might usefully explore:

  • what it means to “be,” to live, or to write from a disabled perspective
  • the role of disability in shaping its intellectual histories
  • the ways these histories and cultural traditions have informed each other
  • disability activism past and present 
  • notions of disability—or disability studies—and how these have brought about shifts in the modes and motivations of representation in aesthetics, literature, cinema, performance, or the arts
  • the impact of disability in canonical texts written in French
  • disabling patterns and practices of exploitation and how these intersect with disability
  • emerging scholarship written in French
  • new subjectivities and shifts in ethical paradigms brought about by disability activism and disability studies


JLCDS is an English-language journal. While initial abstracts are welcome in either French or English, full submissions accepted for publication must be submitted in English.

Key dates:
1st June 2014: prospective authors submit brief proposals (1-2 pp.)  and a one-page curriculum vitae to guest editors
1st October 2014: prospective authors notified of proposal status
1st April 2015: final versions of selected essays due to editors
1st June 2015: Decisions and revisions on submissions sent to finalists
1st August 2015: Final essays due

Questions may be directed to guest editors: and

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