Call for Abstracts: Hierarchies of Disability Human Rights, new edited volume

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Call for Papers
September 1, 2020
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Area Studies, Human Rights, Law and Legal History, Social Sciences

Call for Abstracts


Hierarchies of Disability Human Rights


An edited volume for the

Routledge Press, Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Book Series




Stephen Meyers

Megan McCloskey

Gabor Petri



The disability movement has gained important rights for persons with disabilities on both the international and local levels. Progress, however, has not been equal. Some persons with disabilities enjoy greater representation within disability movements and more legal rights than others. This edited volume is focused on exploring Hierarchies of Disability Human Rights by examining the ways in which some voices remain unheard and certain identities are more protected than others. For example, the needs and interests of men with disabilities have historically been promoted over women with disabilities, and the legal protections gained for persons with physical or sensory disabilities are often greater than those with psychosocial, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Similarly, advocates located in the Global North often have more influence than those in the Global South over the international disability rights’ agenda.

We are seeking contributions that examine hierarchies within disability movements and disability human rights from the perspective of intersecting identities (i.e. gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexuality, immigration status, and so forth); specific impairment group (i.e. Autism, intellectual and development disabilities); circumstance (veteran status, worker status, etc.); or global location (i.e. Global South). As such, we are interested in submissions from non-academics, including self-advocates and persons marginalized from higher education, as well as non-Western academics. The editors are open to a wide variety of contributions, which could include letters, testimonials, interviews, and oral histories; creative representations of experience, such as poetry or images; civil society reports; as well as traditional research articles of 6,000-8,000 words.

If you are interested in contributing something, please submit a short abstract or explanation of your intended contribution (250-500 word as a .doc or .docx file) to by August 31, 2020 with “Hierarchies Abstract” as the subject line of your email. Abstracts and explanations will subsequently be reviewed and contributors will be notified by December 15 and contributors will have until March 15, 2021 to submit their full draft.

An Easy Read version of this call for abstracts is available here: Easy Read.



  • August 31, 2020 – Please submit 250-500 word abstracts or explanations of intended contributions which contain expression of interest and commitment to submit a final product.
  • December 15, 2020 – The authors of accepted abstracts and explanations of contributions will be notified.
  • March 15, 2021 – Completed contributions are due and will be sent out for peer review.
  • May15, 2021 – Notification of review outcome and requests for revisions.
  • July 15 1, 2021 – Final date for completed manuscript on the basis of review.
  • September 1, 2021 – Full manuscript of collected volume submitted to Routledge Press.
  • Autumn, 2021 – Copyediting, etc.
  • Summer, 2022 – Anticipated publication


About the Editors:


Stephen Meyers PhD, University of California, San Diego. Stephen is an Assistant Professor in Law, Societies & Justice and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also core faculty in the UW’s Disability Studies Program. His research focuses on the interactions between international law, global social movements, and grassroots associations representing marginalized groups in the Global South. His 2019 book Civilizing Disability Society: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Socializing Grassroots Disabled Persons' Organizations in Nicaragua, for example, traces the ways in which the UN Convention has transformed grassroots disability associations on the ground in Nicaragua, oftentimes in ways that clash with Nicaraguan civic culture and ignore the expressed needs of local disabled persons in lieu of international priorities.


Megan McCloskey, J.D., University of Michigan, LL.M., University of Washington.  Megan is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in providing research and technical support on the implementation of gender equality, disability inclusion, and anti-discrimination policies and programs.  In addition to being co-author of UNFPA’s 2018 global study Young Persons with Disabilities: Global Study on Ending Gender-based Violence and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, she is also a co-author of the 2018 assessment of disability inclusion within the United Nations system prepared for UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas.  She has written and presented on a variety of topics relating to the protection of women’s rights including access to justice and legal responses to domestic violence in Viet Nam and the impact of women’s political leadership on development in Rwanda.  Her research focuses on the intersection between gender and disability in international human rights law and legal practices.  At the University of Washington Megan is Senior Fellow in the Disability Inclusive Development Initiative.


Gabor Petri, PhD, University of Kent, Tizard Centre. Gabor has 20 years of experience in disability policies in Hungary and in the European Union. He has published academic articles on various topics including the self-advocacy of autistic people and people with a learning disability, disability human rights, deinstitutionalisation and community living, and post-socialist disability policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Gabor is member of the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum and the Mental Health and Human Rights Committee of the Brussels-based NGO Mental Health Europe.




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