CFP: Special Issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies, ‘Lesbian Lives, Disabled Lives’

Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2019

Guest Editor: Stefanie Snider, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI


This special issue of The Journal of Lesbian Studies seeks contributions on the overlapping identities and theories of lesbian and disabled lives. Here the terms lesbian and disabled are broadly defined and include physically disabled, chronically ill, neurodiverse, and mad queer, two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.

Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Aesthetics of lesbian disability and disabled lesbianism
  • Interdependence and care work (Piepzna-Samarasinha, 2018) in disabled and lesbian lives
  • Issues of embodiment as related to lesbian and disabled lives
  • Physical and theoretical relationships between lesbian sexualities and disability
  • Pedagogical approaches across age groups for lesbian and disabled subjects
  • Literary analysis of fiction, personal essays, and memoirs by disabled lesbian folks
  • Being disabled and lesbian in the workplace; in school; in the arts; in politics
  • Interconnections between critical race, trans, lesbian, queer, and disability studies and theories
  • Links between feminist disability, mad studies and lesbian studies

Please send your 250-500 word article proposal and current CV to the journal’s guest editor, Stefanie Snider (, by 1st March 2019. Contributors will be notified of the status of their proposal by 30th March 2019 and full manuscripts (4,000-6,000 words) will be due by 1st August 2019.

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