Call for Papers for Special Issue on "Disability at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health"

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2022
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Humanities, Religious Studies and Theology, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies


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

Issue Editors

Dr. Enaya Hammad Othman, Marquette University. Contact:

Dr. Shannon R. Wooden, Missouri State University. Contact:

Dr. Karalee Surface, Marquette University. Contact:

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