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Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies

Call For Papers:

Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies

Abstracts Due January 30th 2016.

Edited by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Katie Ellis, Mike Kent and Rachel Robertson

The collection is a new contribution to global interdisciplinary disability studies. The book will consist of contributions from established and new voices in international disability studies outlining their own manifestos for the future of the field.  Interdisciplinary fields covered will include bio-ethics, social media, cultural studies, disability studies pedagogy, maternal studies, robotics, social sciences, Indigenous peoples, neurodiversity and much more.

We have asked some of the leading scholars in the field to provide a 4000 word manifesto on where they believe the future of critical disability studies lies. These short, sharp chapters will map out future directions for the discipline. A number of prominent writers in this field have already been approached and expressed interest including: the editorial team, Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell, Beth Haller, Gerard Goggin, Baden Offord and Tara Brabazon.

We invite potential authors to submit a chapter abstract of no more than 500 words, including a title, 4 to 6 keywords, and a brief bio, by email to both Dr Mike Kent <> and Dr Katie Ellis <>  by 30 January 2016. (Please indicate in your proposal if you wish to use any visual material, and how you have or will gain copyright clearance for visual material.) Authors will receive a response by February 28th 2016, with those provisionally accepted due as chapters of 4000 words (including references) by May 30th 2016.


For any queries or further information please contact Mike Kent through


About the editors:


Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English and Bioethics at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.


Dr Katie Ellis is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University. Her research focuses on disability and the media extending across both representation and active possibilities for social inclusion. Her books include Disability and New Media (2011 with Mike Kent), Disabling Diversity (2008), Disability, Ageing and Obesity: Popular Media Identifications (2014; with Debbie Rodan & Pia Lebeck), Disability and the Media (2015; with Gerard Goggin), and Disability and Popular Culture (2015).


Dr Mike Kent is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University. Mike’s research focus is on people with disabilities and their use of, and access to, information technology and the Internet. His edited collection, with Katie Ellis, Disability and Social Media: Global Perspectives will be available through Ashgate in 2016 and his book also with Katie Ellis Disability and New Media was published in 2011. His other area of research interest is in higher education and particularly online education, as well as online social networking platforms. His edited collection, An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network, was released in 2014 through Routledge.  


Dr Rachel Robertson is a West Australian writer and Senior Lecturer at Curtin University. Rachel’s academic research interests include Australian literature, feminist maternal studies, life writing and critical disability studies. Her academic work has been published in Life Writing, Axon: Creative Explorations, Hecate, Studies in the Maternal, and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.  Her edited collection Purple Prose with Liz Byrski was published in November 2015.