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:http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/announcement/view/10
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: email@example.com