CFP: Disability and Passing

The abstract is due in 2 days but if you already have something in the works, it is worth putting forward a proposal on this one. I’ve been teaching about passing this last week, including with regards to disability for the first time this semester, and it has been a very hard road. An anthology like this one and the commitment from all of us academics to teach it, activists and intellectuals to read it, etc. could help shift our societies ability to think in complex ways about the meaning of bodies in both TAB and differently-abled communities and the complexities of passing in such a world.

Call for Proposals
Anthology on Disability and Passing
Jeffrey A. Brune and Kim E. Nielsen, editors

Although one of the common experiences of passing involves disability, scholars have devoted little attention to this important topic.  Studies of passing have also paid insufficient attention to the interplay that occurs between disability, race, gender, sexuality, and class when people transgress and create identity boundaries.  Blurring the Lines: Disability, Race, Gender and Passing in Modern America is an effort to correct these intellectual omissions and advance the study of this important topic.  The editors of this forthcoming anthology seek proposals for scholarly articles on disability and passing.  We especially seek proposals that analyze  aspects of identity such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, in addition to disability.

The editors welcome submissions from all fields in the humanities and social sciences for this interdisciplinary collection.  We expect the anthology to reflect the work being done in fields ranging from literary theory to history to sociology.  The anthology will focus mainly on modern America, but we also welcome articles that offer a comparative perspective from a different time or place. The editors are not looking for personal narratives, but will consider personal accounts set within a strong analytic framework.  We hope to limit the number of articles with a biographical or autobiographical approach.

To be considered for the anthology, please send a proposal of 250-500 words to both editors, Kim Nielsennielsenk@uwgb.edu, and Jeff Brune jeff.brune@gallaudet.edu.  We also request a c.v. of no more than five pages.  All documents should be in MS Word format (.doc or .docx). Proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, postal address, and article title.

Proposals are due October 1, 2009 and we will notify authors of acceptance or rejection by November 10.  Contributors will then have until June 1, 2010 to complete their articles of up to 10,000 words.  We plan the book to be published in 2011.

Please feel free to email the editors with any questions.  We look forward to receiving many submissions on this important and exciting topic.

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