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CFP: Disability and Society Special Issue 2015 ~ Disability: Who counts? What counts?

Call For Papers: Disability and Society Special Issue 2015

Theme: Disability:  Who counts?  What counts?

The next Special Issue of Disability & Society will bring together cutting-edge discussion on questions of how changing sociopolitical and cultural relations are redefining disability and seeks to shape future directions for Disability Studies. Papers will consider new agendas for disability which are emerging as the 21st Century moves on, exploring ideas about categories of disability, disturbing categories, narrowing of the disability category, expanding of the disability category and interpretations of disability in cross-cultural and temporal contexts. The transformation of disability research and political action and their role in challenging conceptions of disability will also be of interest.

We welcome ccontributions on a wide range of themes. The list below is not meant to be exhaustive and we encourage creative interpretation of topics which fit with matters of ‘who counts?’ and ‘what counts?’ in contemporary studies of disability and society.

Topics you may wish to address include:

  • Mad Studies
  • Neoliberalism
  • Faith
  • Conflict
  • Medicine
  • Neurodiversity
  • Childhood and Identity
  • Poverty
  • Work
  • Disability and Development
  • Ageing

This Special Issue will be published in 2015.

Submissions should be made online at the Disability & Society ScholarOne Manuscript site .  New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.  Maximum word length is 7,000 words (including bibliography). 

The final deadline for receipt of papers is 31st August 2014.  No papers will be considered after this date.

For further advice on the submission procedure go to: Disability and Society at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09687599.asp

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New Project: Big Society? Disabled People with learning disabilities and Civil Society

Austerity, cuts in services, rising debt and hate crime: could life get any worse for people with learning disabilities? A new project is looking at opportunities, possibilities, interconnections, resources and support in civil society occupied by people labeled with learning disabilities. Four university partners (Manchester Metropolitan University; The University of Sheffield; Northumbria University, and the University of Bristol) will work with three organisations of and for disabled people (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; Speak Up Self Advocacy and independent living consultants) who want to engage communities, promote inclusion and self-advocacy. In these times of Big Society and austerity we ask: how can people with learning disabilities live a good life?

You can follow the project via our blog: http://bigsocietydis.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @BigSocietyDis

Contact: k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk for more information.