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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies Vol. 44 No. 1 | March 2018

Call for Papers CRIP WORLD

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: April 15, 2017

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2017

Disability studies, examining the meaning, nature, and consequences of disability as a social construct, has grown rapidly as a field since the first edition of the Disabilities Studies Reader was published in 1997. By 2005, when the Modern Language Association established disability studies as a “division of study,” Robert McRuer noted in a PMLA essay that disability studies had become “one of the most popular topics in the academic publishing world.” But disability research (as a focus in the humanities, in particular) has been slower in making its way to Asia, despite a UN report that the Asian-Pacific region has by far the largest number of people with disabilities in the world. The UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has also stated that people with disabilities in the area are often “excluded from access to education, employment, social protection services and legal support systems, and are subject to disproportionately high rates of poverty.” Local social taboos on disability, combined with a dearth of reliable and comparable data on disability, make it more difficult for governments to serve this population. Focus on disability research is a social and political necessity; at the same time, this field is also productive as an area of literary and cultural study. As Lennard J Davis has noted: “Disability studies demands a shift from the ideology of normalcy, from the rule and hegemony of normates, to a vision of the body as changeable, unperfectable, unruly and untidy […] “The survival of literary studies may well not belong to the fittest, but to the lame, the halt, and the blind, who themselves may turn out to be the fittest of all.” Disability studies researchers have found allies across a range of disciplines, in particular those concerned with how bodies and identities are represented as normal or abject. The use of CRIP, a reworking of the derogatory word “cripple,” has emerged in disability movements as an inclusive term that pushes back against “able-bodied heteronormativity,” as McRuer puts it in Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (2006), one of the first texts to analyze the intersections of disability studies and queer theory.

For Concentric’s March 2018 special topic on CRIP WORLD, we invite submissions that address disability as a “potential site for collective reimagining” (Alison Kafer, Feminist, Queer, Crip) and that represent a range of perspectives, methodologies, and communities, ideally promoting coalitions among humanities scholars, medical professionals, social and political activists and artists, architects and urban planners. Among possible approaches:

• Disability as a social/political or literary construct, particularly in essays that examine texts, etc, that reach beyond Northern/Western narratives.

• Disability and the Normate.

• Personal narrative /Crip experience in the academy and beyond.

• Disabled sport (e.g. the DEAFLYMPCIS were held in Taiwan in 2009).

• New readings of forms of culture including film, visual and plastic arts, architecture, music, graphic narratives.

• Disability and imperialism/colonialism.

• Temporarily Able-Bodiedness, a perspective recognizing that at some point many people will become disabled.

• Intersections of disability with race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, and gender.

• Disability and bioethics, eugenics, and genetics. • Disability and speculative fiction.

• Disability and utopia.

• Disability and new media.

• Disability and new pedagogies.

• Disability and design: Assistive devices, public planning, architecture.

Please send abstracts to by April 15, 2017. Final essays of 6,000-10,000 words, 5-8 keywords, and a brief bio will be due on June 30, 2017. Manuscripts should follow the latest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes, which should be single-spaced, manuscripts must be doublespaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Please consult our style guide at

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