CFP: New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies

Special Issue on New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies

Volume 30, Issue 1, Winter 2015

Edited by Kim Q. Hall

Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking new work for a special issue on disability with the general theme of New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies. In 2001 Hypatia published its first special issue on feminist philosophy and disability. Since that time, there has been a great deal of disability scholarship in feminist and queer theory. A new special issue provides the opportunity to consider interventions, innovations, and transformations in feminist theory occasioned by theories and concepts that animate feminist disability studies, disability studies, queer disability studies/crip theory.

Within philosophy, much of the discussion of disability has occurred in the areas of bioethics, ethics of care, and social and political philosophy. This work remains crucial for furthering philosophical understanding of disability. In addition to these areas of philosophy, this special issue seeks to provide a space for new feminist philosophical analyses of disability, as well as new feminist, queer, and feminist queer crip conversations between scholarship on disability in ethics and social and political philosophy and scholarship on disability in epistemology, science studies, environmental philosophy, ecofeminism, queer ecology, aesthetics, critical race theory, metaphysics, phenomenology, and queer theory. Papers on any topic pertaining to feminist or feminist queer crip analyses of disability are welcome, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Disability and Phenomenology
  • Disability and epistemologies of ignorance
  • Disability, gender, race, class, and sexuality
  • Disability, national identity, and nationalism
  • Disability and/as “assemblage”
  • Disability and the question of “the animal”
  • Disability and posthumanism
  • Disability, ethics, and politics
  • Disability and globalization
  • Access, accommodation, quality of life
  • Bodies and borders
  • Able-bodiedness and able-mindedness
  • Disability and environmentalism, ecology, ecofeminism, and/or queer ecology
  • Disability, feminist materialism, and “agential realism”
  • The relationship between impairment and disability identity
  • Illness, disease, impairment, bodily limitation, pain, failure
  • Disability and the meaning and/or experience of sex and gender, transgender,and intersex
  • Disability and orientation/ reorientation/ disorientation of understandings of time and space
  • Disability, feminist materialism, and “agential realism”
  • Disability and critical analyses of science, scientific knowledge, nature, and human nature
  • Feminist/queer/crip perspectives on the Occupy Movement and other global movements for economic, environmental, social, and political justice
  • The meaning of art and aesthetic concepts through the lens of disability
  • Rethinking the canon of western philosophy through the lens of feminist disability studies

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2013.

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines

Please submit your paper to manuscript central (Wiley-Blackwell) website:

When you submit, make sure to select “Disability” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor, Kim Q. Hall:, indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.

Kim Q. Hall, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Council Coordinator

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University


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