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Disability & Society

Deadline: 30 September 2020

Special Issue Call for Papers

Contemporary Controversies and Challenges

For the Disability & Society 2021 Special Issue we wish to acknowledge that the world is at a defining moment for collective action on issues of major significance to disabled people across the globe. We wish to reflect contemporary debates and struggles taking place locally, nationally and internationally to improve the lives and futures of disabled people according to the priorities of disabled people themselves. This focus seeks to ensure we keep alive the original values and intentions of the journal to forge strong links between the academy and activists in the disability arena.                                                                

We invite contributions which will consider any contemporary controversies and challenges facing the world and examine how they affect disabled people, addressing critical issues at home and across borders. From climate change and sustainability, to averting conflict within and between nations, to confronting the systemic forces that create unequal identities and societies, we wish to address questions of what are the pressing challenges and opportunities ahead, and what is needed to respond to them. What bright spots of action are emerging, including the rise of new and previously unheard voices of disabled people and their supporters, driving collective action and global progress? In the face of ever changing global uncertainty, 2021 will be a significant year for shared action on issues that effect us all and require working together in the interests of disabled people.

Back in our first Editorial of 1986 it was said ‘we do not wish the journal to be viewed as a vehicle for merely representing professional perspectives’ and we continue to deeply respect this aim. We strongly encourage articles written in partnership for the Special Issue, though this is not a prerequisite for submission.

Submissions might focus on:

  • Climate Change acceleration – from flooding to fires, how will climate change impact on disabled people’s well-being and security and what needs to be done about it? In the aftermath of climate emergencies disabled people have been literally ‘left behind’ by first responders – how can this be avoided in future emergencies? What roles can disabled people and their organisations play in climate justice and disaster management? 
  • Humanitarian Crises – issues facing disabled people which arise from conflict and the increase of natural disasters which continue to impede development, peace, and security worldwide
  • Disabled people’s ambitions for, and engagement with, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including youth effort, the rise of local groups including city initiatives and community foundations – where do we need to do better ?
  • Empowerment and progress towards dismantling exclusion and ensuring equality? Examples of new grassroots movements or empowered citizens
  • The position of disabled people in relation to creative economy for sustainable development – financing conversations for disabled people’s livelihoods; poverty and extreme poverty
  • Changing technologies – how can we ensure technological development and thinking is empowering and increases inclusion?
  • Intersectionality and identity challenges; papers which seek to place debates within the conditions of oppression shared by all involved in liberation struggles —as well as disabled people’s contributions to— creating awareness about and finding solutions for these challenges

This list is not exhaustive. The overarching theme of the 2021 Special Issue will be identifying challenges and overcoming inequalities to advance disabled people’s rights in the context of contemporary global issues.

There is an established well-informed international audience for the journal. Authors are expected to consider this wide readership and to exhibit knowledge of the history of ideas previously discussed when submitting their work for consideration.

This Special Issue will be published in 2021.

Submission Guidelines

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 8,000 words (excluding bibliography). 

The final deadline for receipt of papers is 30th September 2020.

No papers will be considered after this date.

For further advice on the submission procedure please go to the Instructions for Authors.


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