CFP, Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies: “Institutional Survivorship”

Special Issue: Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Call for Proposals on “Institutional Survivorship”

The Huronia Regional Centre, a residential facility for persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, operated in Ontario for 133 years until after a long and difficult history it was shut down in 2009. In 2013 a lawsuit that Huronia survivors had launched concluded with a multimillion dollar settlement to compensate for the emotional, physical, and psychological abuse endured.

The CJDS honours the work accomplished by Huronia survivors, we are interested in the experiences of disability, disablement, and survivorship within and beyond experiences of institutionalization, including within psychiatric facilities, hospitals, and hospital schools, but could also include jails, detention centers, refugee camps, group homes, and forms of chemical control used in community settings.

We are actively soliciting submissions that take the following three forms:

1. Oral histories and lived experiences
2. Theoretical and empirical contributions to the field
3. Arts-based or creative responses

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be an institutional survivor with a disability?
  • How is survivorship defined by social, political and legal discourses, and how do survivors disrupt these discourses?
  • What is the phenomenological experience of being an institutional survivor? In other words, what does it feel like to be a survivor? What are survivors’ lived experiences? How do these experiences change with time?
  • What does activism look like within survivor populations? What are salient dynamics between survivor activists and non-survivor allies?
  • What is the relationship between trauma, memory, and institutional survival?
  • What is the relationship of childhood and childhood experience to institutionalization? What are the enduring impacts of institutionalization on families?
  • What is the enduring legacy of having worked at an institution?

The CJDS welcomes a wide range of submissions, including: critical race theory, disability studies, gender studies, history, legal studies, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts.

Submissions are due 4th March 2016. For submission guidelines, please click here.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Jen Rinaldi at

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