CFP: Special Issue of Disability & Society, ‘Learning from the Past: Building the Future’

Disability & Society, ‘Learning from the Past: Building the Future’

Deadline: 31st August 2016

Special Issue Call for Papers

It has been more than 30 years since Disability & Society first began publishing. The journal now provides a world-leading focus for debate about such issues as human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices against a background of change in the ways in which disability is viewed and responded to. It is 40 years since The Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) pioneered the distinction between impairment and disability that enabled social model thinking to transform disabled people’s rights. In the US the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 and in the UK the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has been in place for more than twenty years. At the turn of the 21st Century the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was established as a human rights treaty to reaffirm disabled people’s human rights and entitlement. In the light of all this, we are wondering how much, and in what ways, have disabled people’s lives and entitlements changed in the past 30 years?

In the next Special Issue of Disability & Society we wish to bring together cutting-edge discussion of the changing role Disability Studies has played, and is playing, in bridging the gap between the academy and the actuality of disabled people’s lives; what learning has come from our discipline’s past and what issues arise for building the future?

We welcome contributions on a wide range of themes. The list below is not meant to be exhaustive and we encourage creative interpretation of topics which fit with ideas of Learning from the Past & Building the Future in relation to any matters of disability and society.

Topics you may wish to address include:

  • Disability theory
  • Research methods – appropriate and innovative
  • Research into practice
  • Disability policy
  • Globalisation
  • Welfare states
  • Personalisation
  • Migration
  • Citizenship
  • Inclusion
  • Changing technology
  • Changing places and spaces

Instructions for Submissions:

Submissions should be made online at the Disability & Society ScholarOne Manuscript site  New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.  Maximum word length is 8,000 words (including bibliography).

The final deadline for receipt of papers is 31st August 2016. No papers will be considered after this date.

This Special Issue will be published in 2017. For further advice on the submission procedure please go to the journal homepage.

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