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Disability and/in/through fanfiction — CJDS wants you!

Published three times a year, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies combines essays, ideas, and discussion between academics, non-academics and folks like us.

They've just issued a call for submissions for their theme issue on the relationships between fanfiction and disability.

The full call for papers is here:

A taste of what they want follows:
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However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic.

Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies.
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We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).
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Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to
Cath Duchastel de M. at:

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Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.
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[link] Accessible Video Games: a Legal Approach vs Individual Advocacy

Video Game Accessibility: A Legal Approach
George Powers, Vinh Nguyen, Lex Frieden

The authors all work at the Southwestern (U.S.) ADA Tech Assistance Center, so they're familiar with the law and its limitations. They believe a legal approach would result in more, lasting access.

Video game accessibility may not seem of significance to some, and it may sound trivial to anyone who does not play video games. This assumption is false. With the digitalization of our culture, video games are an ever increasing part of our life. They contribute to peer to peer interactions, education, music and the arts. A video game can be created by hundreds of musicians and artists, and they can have production budgets that exceed modern blockbuster films. Inaccessible video games are analogous to movie theaters without closed captioning or accessible facilities. The movement to have accessible video games is small, unorganized and misdirected. Just like the other battles to make society accessible were accomplished through legislation and law, the battle for video game accessibility must be focused toward the law and not the market.

Full article in Disability Studies Quarterly
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CFP: Social Media & Disability

Here's a "call for papers" to be published in an academic volume:

Disability and Social Media
edited by Dr Katie Ellis & Dr Mike Kent
Internet Studies, Curtin University

Abstracts are due 15 July 2014

Social media is popularly seen as an important media for people with disability in terms of communication, exchange and activism. These sites potentially increase both employment and leisure opportunities for one of the most traditionally isolated groups in society. However, the offline inaccessible environment has, to a certain degree, been replicated online and particularly social networking sites. Subjects, references to current work in this area, and more in the cut )
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1 link 4 June 2014: CFP

Academic Editing Canada:
Call for proposals: Anomalous embodiment in YA spec fic. Jun 4 2014.

We are particularly looking for contributions on works which either (1) interrogate, problematize the dominant discourse on normative embodiment present in YA fiction, (2) emphasize, by a play on repetition or any other means, the limitations of the traditional discourse on the ‘abnormal’ or ‘disabled’ body, and signal the inherent violence of such normative paradigms, and/or (3) propose an alternative approach to the anomalous body.

1 link 19 November 2013

Inside Higher Ed: Disabilities Studies Meeting Wasn't Accessible to Those with Disabilities

“Access is a problem. No thought is really put into cultivating professors with a disability or students with a disability. And what happens is disability becomes a spectacle and it becomes a problem that has to be managed and solved," Peace said. "What took place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges was a microcosm of what could happen at any place.”

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FB Group: Beneath the SURFACE: Disability and Popular Culture

I've now spent more than fifteen minutes on Facebook, and I'm still overwhelmed. Perhaps this group will be of interest to us?

Beneath the SURFACE: Disability and Popular Culture
is a digital repository that will provide scholars, practitioners, editors, and its own readership with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream cultures both nationally and internationally. Genres and subgenres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly literature will be showcased.

Tragically, they first chose an offensive name, which lives on in its URL
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1 link 20 Oct 2013

Kathryn Allan: Story behind Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure

Ms. Allan writes about the experiences of creating this book.
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(academia) CFP: Disability Studies Area, Southwest PCA (deadline Nov. 1st)

Call for Papers: Disability Studies Area 35th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
“Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2014

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2013
Submission Address: Read more... )
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cfp: Anthology on disability and graphic literature

Disability Studies has always paid lip service to including contributions from community members (aka "independent scholars.") Here's a chance for folks who've thought about comics to share their ideas with a wider audience. I've seen that one really great article from an outsider can have a deep impact on how academia perceives the world, theorizes about it, and thus teaches us to shape it.

I wish I were that writing person, but maybe you are?

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We invite proposals for chapters in a volume on disability and graphic literature for the new Literary Disability series from Palgrave Macmillan edited by David Bolt, Elizabeth Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative will scrutinize the ways that disability has been employed in comic books, graphic nonfiction, graphic novels, underground comix, and/or webcomics. Our aim is to interrogate standard assumptions about disability and sequential art in order to open up new approaches and potential collaborations between both of these vital areas of study.

Some possible but not exclusive topics include analyses of the range of representations of disabled figures in both superhero comics and graphic narratives; considerations of the role of the visual in offering multimodal engagement with the textual experience of disability (beyond character, plot, and theme); critical investigations of how the systems of meaning associated with disability studies (see Donna Haraway, Tobin Siebers, and others) overlap with or challenge the language of sequential art (as theorized by Thierry Groensteen, Scott McCloud, and others); extended examinations of specific comic book characters (such as Batgirl/Oracle, Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Professor Xavier, or Cyborg/Victor Stone); delineations of disability as an organizing logic in ongoing graphic series (like Fantastic Four and Doom Patrol); and theorizations of the role of disability in the texts of individual graphic narrative writers (such as David B., Alison Bechdel, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Harvey Pekar, and Chris Ware).

Send 500-word abstracts to Chris Foss (, Jonathan Gray (, and Zach Whalen ( by Dec 15th.
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[Jesse notes: This is a call for proposals for an academic conference in disability studies, not an actual event at any Comic-Con]

This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

April 2013 - Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY USA

DEADLINE for Proposals EXTENDED until: January 25, 2013

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).

More details available on their site:

I've linked to the mobile version because the full-screen is not very accessible to me as a large print user (and WordPress sites, I've heard it told, are wicked difficult to make accessible). See my next post.

Web: or
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Call for Papers: Mediating Digital Communications in Education

This announcement came over one of my academic listservs. Those of us reading are, in fact, experts in how new communication technologies affect disabled people's lives throughout their education, as well as in adulthood.

The full call is at this link; here are some highlights. highlights of the CFP  )