Call for Papers


Deadline: May 6, 2022

Disability is a living human experience. It is not merely a medical or biological phenomenon, and it is not only the subject of sciences. Perspectives on disability have evolved historically, theologically, and medically. Academics and disability activists have increasingly come to view disability as more than an individual medical diagnosis, often highlighting it as an issue of social justice and equity. As such, there is a need for further collaboration between the sciences and the humanities to deepen our understanding of disability in all of its complexities. Using interdisciplinary approaches to examine disability as fluid and dynamic condition can help us understand it as an identity and as social construct.

The aim of this Special Issue is to encourage interdisciplinary research that offers critical analysis of how disabilities have been viewed in historical terms, the complexities of the religious meanings of disability, disabilities as social/cultural constructs, and 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


Key Topics:

Possible topics 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

Manuscripts should be submitted at https://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jgecp

Issue Editors

Dr. Enaya Hammad Othman, Marquette University. Contact: enaya.othman@marquette.edu

Dr. Shannon R. Wooden, Missouri State University. Contact: SRWooden@missouristate.edu

Dr. Karalee Surface, Marquette University. Contact: karalee.surface@marquette.edu

Journal Description

The Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary journal with the primary goal to facilitate the examination of the intersection among gender, cultural, and ethnic studies. Published biannually, this journal seeks to invigorate discussions of the global mobilization of people, ideas, and capital, and the ways in which this circulation has influenced conceptions of gender, ethnicity/race, migration, and culture. In the very same way, the journal examines the gendered nature of cultures and cultural encounters across borders. It is committed to facilitating intersectional, interdisciplinary dialogue which results from the crossing of disciplinary boundaries. By virtue of this commitment, The Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies invites the submission of scholarly articles from diverse fields and disciplines including, but not limited to, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Literary and Critical Studies, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Disabilities Studies, and Religious Studies.
All research articles in this journal undergo peer review.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 1 (2023)


Introduction: Disability at the Intersections
Shannon R. Wooden and Karalee Surface


Improving Communication Access with Deaf People Through Nursing Simulation: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Jamie L. McCartney Ph.D., Tracy Gidden, Jennifer Biggs, Kathy Geething, and Karl Kosko Ph.D.