Conceptualizing Disability through Interdisciplinary Critical Approaches

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Ranu Uniyal

              Conceptualizing Disability through Interdisciplinary Critical Approaches 

                       Department of English and Modern European Languages
                                            University of Lucknow
                                                 Call for Papers

We are pleased to inform you that we are going to publish an edited volume (ISBN included)
with the proposed title Conceptualizing Disability through Interdisciplinary Critical
Approaches from a reputed publishing house in India. The book proposes to provide valuable
insights locating new dimensions and paradigms, and cultivating original perspectives. This
is a call to academicians, disability workers, and research scholars for contribution to
the book.

Concept Note
The study of disability is emerging as a rapidly growing area of enquiry, gaining critical
attention globally, across a wide range of disciplinary areas. The literary community remains
a potent medium for giving voice to a diverse range of critical perspectives that may operate
across usage, interpretation and reception of varied mediums of expression available in
contemporary times, in the hope of contributing towards bringing the disabled body as close
as possible to mainstream society. As a field of academic inquiry Disability Studies is
committed to interrogating norms that consistently, yet variously produce body-minds of
difference. This has enabled thinking about the experience(s) of living with disability not as if
it was self-evident but as something that is always in the making, at the stage of ‘becoming’.
Researchers with and without disabilities have engaged with the subjectivity of being
disabled and the structures that frame disability and normalcy.
While it is essential to study the historical-political development of disability it is equally
important to study conceptualizations of disability and our responses to it. Western scholars
of Disability Studies have explored socio-cultural and historical-political contours. It is
equally vital to explore these within local societies, to direct investigations that would enable
understanding of ways of knowing and going about body-minds of difference locally.
The inclusion of the ‘disabled’ is restricted by society on account of social stigma. Their
contribution in the development of society is also considered trivial and insignificant.
Disability Studies focuses on the upliftment of marginalized identities and emphasizes the
need of diverse representation within socio- cultural constructs. Disability studies has
initiated research that moves away from the problem-solution framework and shifts focus
from an individuated understanding of disability as located in a person, to an examination of
processes that ‘other’ individuals ostensibly on the basis of their bodily and cognitive
differences. This has required thinking of disability not merely as a problem that has to be
solved through treatment or prevention but as a way of ensuring integration in mainstream
society. Disability Studies theorists also try to construct cultural poetics by voicing the opinions of the disabled. Their focus is on creating a world without discrimination. They seek to address the issue of marginalization and stigmatization of the disabled.

Disability cannot be read in isolation. It is interlinked with religion, caste, class, gender and sexuality. Human perceptions and critical perspectives are allied forces that serve to highlight, enhance and illuminate the living standards of the differently abled across the world.
The proposed volume aims at investigating the concept of disability and contributing to the knowledge system surrounding the discipline of Disability Studies. It invites scholars to contribute research papers with diverse disciplinary and methodological interests by considering but not restricting themselves to the following areas of study:

 Decolonizing disability studies
 Materially embodied experience of disability and its literary and cultural representation
 Local ways of knowing and engaging with minds and bodies
 Disabled individuals and institutions
 Religion, culture, society and disability
 Disability and marginality/ minority
 Narratives of bodily and cognitive difference
 Disability hierarchy (social stratification of different impairment groups)
 Political contours of disability
 Disability, notions of normalcy and changing definitions
 Language and rhetoric of disability-related terminology
 The notion of ‘stigma’ surrounding ‘disability’
 Disability and Women
 The use of diverse media technologies by both the disabled as well as the non-disabled theorists in the field of Disability Studies
 The social paradigm’s operating across the research areas concerning Disability Studies

Submission Guidelines (Please Read and Follow Very Carefully)
We invite original research papers as electronic submissions via e-mail as attached documents (Microsoft word only).
Submission must be in single attachment. The documents must include name and affiliation details in the body of submission.
Subject line must be Submission of Research Paper.
Submission e-mail must include a statement claiming that you have read the submission guidelines and agree to the policy of publication and that the submission is original and does not contain plagiarized material.
Format of the Research Papers:
Authors are requested to strictly follow the MLA 8th Edition style while preparing the articles. Authors are also requested to include the following in the format of their articles:
1. Full title with subtitle, if any. Times New Roman font, size 14, bold (not all capital letters)

2. Name and affiliation of the author/s

3. An abstract of about 100-150 words along with 4-5 keywords

4. Authors should note that the main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no formatting is needed afterwards. Heading, sub headings and illustrations should be appropriately incorporated within the main body of the text. Times New Roman font, size 12 and justified

5. The research paper should be 4500-7000 words inclusive of Abstract and Works Cited.

6. All portions of the articles should be double-spaced.

7. Authors should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.

8. All essays submitted must be in English for review.

9. Plagiarism report of the Research paper duly checked in plagiarism software like Urkund, viper, Turn it in, Plag scan etc.

Note: Do not adorn your submission with lines, borders, special characters etc., which may lead to rejection.
Please send your submissions to disabilitystudiescfplu@gmail.com before 30th September 2020.

Professor Ranu Uniyal
Head, Department of English and Modern European Languages
University of Lucknow