Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies

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June 25, 2020
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Government and Public Service, Human Rights, Humanities, South Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies



A new online peer-reviewed international journal "Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies" (InJCDS), edited by Anita Ghai and Tanmoy Bhattacharya is being launched. The journal’s editorial board boasts of well-known Critical Disabilities Studies scholars who represent a range of disciplinary perspectives. The journal is fully open-source and will be published bi-annually. (



Call for Papers for issue number 2.1 


Although, we do not have a specific theme for this first open call for the newly established journal, we would prefer articles directly or indirectly addressing one of the core foundational principles of critical disability studies, namely, intersectionality. Intersectionality (see Crenshaw, 1989; and Crenshaw 2014 for a newspaper interview) has been most widely employed in feminist movement and gender studies (see Bell Hook, 2014). There is widespread acceptance of the role of intersectionality in finding unifying social oppression patterns across different identities (class, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexuality, ability) and help create collaborative coalitions across these identities. However, the inherent complexity of intersectionality (McCall, 2005, Carastathis, 2016) requires a careful approach to the topic.

 When it comes to research on disability, the intersectionality aspect of it is often missing. We believe that disability studies cannot be truly inclusive without addressing intersectionality. Critical disability studies (CDS) framework, among other things to be progressively explored through various issues of this journal, filled this gap by making intersectionality as one of the cornerstones of research on disability studies.  Based on initial work such as Söder (2009) and Goodley (2010), more and more research within the domain of CDS is addressing intersectionality (see Artiles, Dorn, & Bal, 2016, Artiles, 2013, among others).

 Possible themes of the research papers may include (but are not limited to);

  • Justification of intersectional perspective in (critical) disability studies;
  • Complexity that intersectionality may introduce in disability research;
  • History of intersectionality in disability;
  • Intersectionality and activism in disability;
  • Intersectionality and its relations to other frames of disability reference;
  • The role of ‘the body’ and intersectionality;
  • Importance of intersectionality in disability research in south Asian context; etc.


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