JLCDS Call for Papers: 'French and Francophone World Disability Studies'

full name / name of organization: 
Liverpool University Press
contact email: 
berberit[at]; cflaugh[at]

CFP: A special issue of Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies
'French and Francophone World Disability Studies'

Guest Editors: Tammy Berberi and Christian Flaugh

Deadline for 1-2 page proposal and single page curriculum vitae: 1 June 2014
Prospective authors notified of proposal status: 1 October 2014
Deadline for final versions of selected essays: 1 April 2015
Decisions on manuscripts and revision notices sent to finalists: 1 June 2015
Deadline for final essays: 1 August 2015

With this special issue of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, editors wish to explore both long-standing and contemporary contributions to disability studies in the humanities from French-language world regions. In essays spanning the French Enlightenment and colonial expansion to the present, this issue seeks to reevaluate the impact of French and Francophone world thought on disability studies and the influence that questions of bodily abilities have had on intellectual and philosophical transformations. It aspires to restore foundational disability studies texts to the cultural and theoretical contexts that gave rise to them as well as to explore new potential revealed by this remapping.

This issue will provide a means for articulating the field of French and Francophone world disability studies as it situates it in a global geography and humanity of disability studies. It will also examine the transnational and trans-regional intersections between disability studies broadly conceived, continental French studies, and Francophone world studies.

Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone world disability studies will be considered, but might usefully explore:

- what it means to "be," to live, or to write from a disabled perspective
- the role of disability in shaping its intellectual histories
- the ways these histories and cultural traditions have informed each
- disability activism past and present
- notions of disability—or disability studies—and how these have brought
about shifts in the modes and motivations of representation in
aesthetics, literature, cinema, performance, or the arts
- the impact of disability in canonical texts written in French
- disabling patterns and practices of exploitation and how these
intersect with disability
- emerging scholarship written in French
- new subjectivities and shifts in ethical paradigms brought about by disability activism and disability studies

JLCDS is an English-language journal. While initial abstracts are welcome in either French or English, full submissions accepted for publication must be submitted in English.

Questions may be directed to guest editors: berberit[at] and cflaugh[at]

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