CFP: Special Issue of CJDS, ‘Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Activism, and Art’

CFP: Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS)
‘Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Activism, and Art’

Deadline: 1st October 2017 

Narratives of survival and mythologies of resilience play a central role in cultural reproduction of neoliberal Westernized societies and sensibilities. A dominant trope holds that lived experiences of adversity are resources that can be productive and even profitable, when effectively managed. Disabled, m/Mad, d/Deaf, indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S, children and older adults – socially and ethno-culturally marginalized people and communities – are routinely represented as occasions to observe, and even test, the truth of this trope. The affects, experiences, realities, desires, and even the very lives of people living with difference and adversity, are treated as resources that can be morally and justifiably exploited in the name of progress. Resilience is paradoxically imagined as a product of disablement, and a form of insurance against disability. Such narratives structure everyday life in schools, colleges and universities, as well as in families and communities, rural and urban environments, nursing homes and hospitals, and even prisons.

This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS) seeks works that critically examine survival and resilience as socio-political phenomena, and that resist and rupture neoliberal relations to difference and adversity. Submissions may take the form of theoretical, policy and empirical analyses, autoethnographies, pedagogical and activist reflections and interventions, visual and performance art, poetry, fiction/non-fiction, interviews, and critical commentaries that take-up, flesh-out, and undo unexamined relations to the meanings and materialities of survival, rupture, and resilience.

Although the following list is not exhaustive, possible topics may include:

  • Autoethographies of resilience
  • Colonialities and/of resilience
  • Coping technologies and (govern)mentalities
  • Corporealities of survival and/or resilience
  • Disability and intergenerationality
  • Disability, indigeneity, cultural resilience and renewal
  • Discourses of disaster (social, environmental, emotional, and otherwise)
  • Education and resilience
  • Eugenic survivals/surviving eugenics
  • Family resiliences
  • Genealogies of resilience
  • Geographies and/of resilience
  • Geopolitics of resilience
  • Livability and resilience
  • Media representations of resilience
  • Mythologies of resilience
  • Performativities and practices of survival and/or resilience
  • Politics of resilience
  • Psychiatric and institutional survivor histories and activisms
  • Reimagining rupture and resilience from post/trans/dis-human perspectives
  • Resilience and desire/desirability
  • Resilience and security/surviving securitization/rupturing risk
  • Resilience and the (un)natural world
  • Resilience literatures and literacies
  • Resilience narratives
  • Resilience within and beyond institutionalization/institutionalized spaces
  • Social, mental and environmental ecologies and resilience
  • Survivals and/or resiliences as mediating time(s)/temporalities
  • Survivals, ruptures and resiliencies within the context of austerity and/or neoliberalism
  • Surviving regimes of carcerality and/or “care”
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Technologies of resilience

    We are accepting submissions in English, French, ASL, and LSQ. All submissions that are not text-based must be made accessible (eg: videos and vlogs must be captioned, artwork must include audio description which can be embedded as alt-text, etc.). Please contact the editor if you have any questions about this.

    The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies welcomes interdisciplinary submissions ranging from but not limited to critical race theory, disability studies, m/Mad studies, d/Deaf studies, gender studies, history, art history, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts. Submissions must include/engage a disability studies perspective. We invite authors who self-identify as academics, artists, activists, and cultural producers.

    Written submissions must be no longer than 6000 words (excluding references, notes, and tables) and reflections and creative writing may be significantly shorter. Work submitted must be original, not under consideration or published elsewhere in print or electronic media. Submissions must include a cover page with authors’ names, titles, institutional affiliations (if applicable), and full contact information, but authors’ names cannot otherwise appear anywhere in the manuscript. Authors must also provide a 250-word abstract and 4-10 keywords. Please read further for CJDS submission guidelines:

    Artistic submissions may include poetry, creative writing, photography, video, mixed media, as well as digital renderings of works on paper or sculpture. Artwork must take a form that can be submitted and viewed/heard electronically. For visual imagery, digital files may be sent as jpgs in an e-mail attachment. Emailed image files must be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi) and must be numbered and named to correspond with a text-based list describing images.

    Final submissions are due October 1st, 2017. Please submit electronically in Microsoft Word format (or, if sending images, according to the specifications outlined above) as an email attachment to the special issue’s guest editors Dr. Katie Aubrecht: and Dr. Nancy La Monica:

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