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

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