Call for Papers for issue number 2.1


Although, we do not have a specific theme for this first open call for the newly established journal, we would prefer articles directly or indirectly addressing one of the core foundational principles of critical disability studies, namely, intersectionality. Intersectionality (see Crenshaw, 1989; and Crenshaw 2014 for a newspaper interview) has been most widely employed in feminist movement and gender studies (see Bell Hook, 2014). There is widespread acceptance of the role of intersectionality in finding unifying social oppression patterns across different identities (class, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexuality, ability) and help create collaborative coalitions across these identities. However, the inherent complexity of intersectionality (McCall, 2005, Carastathis, 2016) requires a careful approach towards ascribed values and the various networks that they uncover/ unleash. While certain complex categories may be easily valued (for example, racially dominating and 'non-disabled', or racially dominated and disabled) in terms of degrees of opression inflicted/ suffered, certain other complex categoies arising from the same variables (for example, racially dominating and disabled, or racially dominated and 'non-disabled') are not so easily ascribable in terms of values and therefore their participation in the oppressor-opressed diad. 


When it comes to research on disability, the intersectionality aspect of it is often neglected. We abelieve that disability studies cannot be truly inclusive without addressing this intersectional aspect. Critical disability studies (CDS) framework, among other things to be progressively explored through various issues of this journal, filled this gap by making intersectionality as one of the cornerstones of research on disability studies.  Based on initial work such as Söder (2009) and Goodley (2010), more and more research within the domain of CDS is addressing intersectionality (see Artiles, Dorn, & Bal, 2016, Artiles, 2013, among others).


Possible themes of the research papers may include (but are not limited to);

  • Justification of intersectional perspective in (critical) disability studies;
  • Complexity that intersectionality may introduce in disability research;
  • History of intersectionality in disability;
  • Intersectionality and activism in disability;
  • Intersectionality and its relations to other frames of disability reference;
  • The role of ‘the body’ and intersectionality;
  • The significance of intersectionality in the context of hemisphere/ region such as Southern/ south Asia; 


Select References

  1. Artiles, A. J. (2013). Untangling the racialization of disabilities: An intersectionality critique across disability models. DuBois Review, 10, 329–347.
  2. Artiles, A. J., Dorn, S., & Bal, A. (2016). Objects of protection, enduring nodes of difference: Disability intersections with “other” differences, 1916–2016. Review of Research in Education, 40, 777–820.
  3. Carastathis, Anna (2016). Leong, Karen J.; Smith, Andrea (eds.). Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 9780803285552.
  4. Crenshaw, Kimberlé (1989). "Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: a Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics". University of Chicago Legal Forum: 139–168.
  5. Crenshaw, Kimberlé(2004). "Intersectionality: the double bind of race and gender". Perspectives Magazine. American Bar Association.
  6. Goodley, D. (2010). Disability Studies: an Interdisciplinary Introduction, London: Sage.
  7. Hooks, Bell (2014) [1984]. Feminist Theory: from margin to center (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138821668.