Call for Papers
We invite papers that offer critical analysis of how disabilities have been viewed in historical terms as medical conditions, social/cultural constructs, and as the norms that produce and reproduce perceptions of normalcy or normative bodies. We particularly welcome papers dealing with normalcy narratives, discourse, and issues of stigmas evolving around disabilities in marginalized communities with an emphasis on the intersection of disability (as an identity and minority) with gender, culture, and religion.
Core conference themes include, but are not limited to:
Disability and identity
Social and cultural construction of disabilities
Religious and cultural perspectives on disability
Bodies and construction of normalcy
Gendered disabilities and feminist approaches to disability
Language terminology and conceptualization of impairment and disability in literary, cultural, and artistic production
Disabilities as social and legal rights issue
Community activism, policy making, and service
Lived experiences, life-writing and narratives of people with disability
We invite proposals of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and thematic conversation. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Panels will be composed of 3- 4 presenters (time must be divided equally among panel presenters allowing 10-15 minutes for questions). Roundtable and thematic conversation may consist of more than three participants. The time for all panel types is one hour.
Abstracts up to 300 words in Word format must be submitted through the electronic system by October 31, 2021.
You will be notified of the decision by December 15, 2021.
Conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies.
For any inquiries, please contact Enaya Othman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gülnur Demirci at email@example.com