Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

  • ISSN (Online) : 1757-6466
  • ISSN (Print) : 1757-6458
  • Language : English
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Focusing on representations of disability, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies publishes a wide variety of textual analyses that are informed by disability theory and, by extension, experiences of disability. 

Instrumental in the interdisciplinarity of literary studies, cultural studies, and disability studies, It is an essential disability studies journal for scholars whose work concentrates on the portrayal of disability.

With an editorial board of 65 internationally renowned scholars, the journal is edited by Professor David Bolt, Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University.  

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies is indexed/abstracted in SCOPUS.  

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Special Issue: Cripistemologies Now      

Guest Editors:  

Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer,  University of South Carolina-Upstate and George Washington University      


When the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies first issued a call for papers for a special issue on Cripistemologies ten years ago, the world was in the throes of a global financial crisis but also on the cusp of an unprecedented year of anger and hope, as the Arab Spring; los Indignados in Spain; student movements in Chile, Mexico, and Quebec; Occupy Wall Street; and other insurrections brought to light not only the abuses of neoliberalism, capitalism more generally, and authoritarianism, but also the power of diverse voices in solidarity to demand change and imagine alternative futures. Disabled or crip voices were part of all of these movements; indeed, the anti-austerity movement in Spain directly adapted concepts of a shared vulnerability and a capacious “we” from a decade’s worth of activism in the disability movement.  In that same year, uprisings across the United Kingdom erupted in the wake of the killing of Mark Dugan, an unarmed Black man, both echoing and anticipating the collective outrage around countless similar deaths in the UK, US, Latin America, and elsewhere, outrage that has arguably crystalized globally in 2020 following the police murder, in Minneapolis, of George Floyd, a Black and disabled man.  “Cripistemologies,” as a concept, emerged out of a historical moment of crisis and hope, centralizing not only the idea that disabled ways of knowing must always be part of our theorizing of exploitation, inequality, and suffering, but also that disability culture and history already has germinated countless ways of thinking about bodies and minds caught up in, and actively and creatively resisting, injustice.    

Of course, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, we now face challenges that were virtually unimaginable ten years ago.  And yet, in the face of increasing police and state violence against Black lives, the rise of authoritarian populism, the entrenchment of global logics of austerity, and a global pandemic that has devastated poor, marginalized, aging, disabled, and chronically ill communities, disabled/crip anger, hope, solidarity, community, and resistance continue to flourish.  This ten-year anniversary issue of JLCDS, “Cripistemologies Now (More Than Ever),” hopes to attend to and extend this flourishing.  Disability justice, led by disabled and queer people of color, has increasingly taken hold as a way of thinking in North America and elsewhere, ensuring that Black, Brown, and Indigenous cripistemologies are now central to the disability movement; cross-border artistic, activist, and scholarly crip solidarity is stronger than ever and fueled by inventive uses of social media; feminist, queer, and trans perspectives continue to shape and reshape disability studies and the disability movement.  In our first set of two issues on Cripistemologies, we sought to center marginalized voices: ways of knowing that emerged from non-urban or rural locations, mental disability, chronic pain, trans experiences, or historical experiences—such as post-socialist contexts—that triumphalist narratives of neoliberal capitalism would locate firmly in the past.  In this new special issue, we again look to the margins to disrupt or challenge the mainstream, including the mainstream of the disability movement or disability studies, while acknowledging that many of these issues have in fact shifted to the absolute center of our crip consciousness.   

We welcome all topics in the orbit of Cripistemologies Now.       

  • #BlackLivesMatter and Disability 
  • #BlackDisabledLivesMatter 
  • Crip Indigeneities 
  • Disability and/in the Borderlands 
  • Crip Translations: New Languages for Disability 
  • Crip Theory in the Global South 
  • Anti-Capitalist Cripistemologies 
  • Cripping/Defunding the Police: Disabled Anti-Police Activism Cripping Authoritarian Neoliberalism 
  • Cagey/Caged Cripistemologies: Children in Cages 
  • Crip Temporalities 
  • Crip Futures, Mad Futures 
  • Pandemic Futures / Future Pandemics 
  • Cripistemologies of Quarantine 
  • Disabled Quaranteaming 
  • Epistemological Dizziness 
  • Illness and Activism / Protesting (or Not Protesting) in Pandemic Times 
  • Resistance and/in the Nursing Home Industrial Complex
  • Masked Cripistemologies / Cripping the Mask / Fragile Mask-ulinities 
  • Disability and Disposability: Pandemics and Eugenics, Disabled Deaths, DNRs for Disabled COVID-19 Cases 
  • Disability and/in the Wet Market 
  • Disability and Contemporary Orientalism: the “China Virus,” “Kung Flu,” and Proliferating Anti-Asian Discrimination 
  • Cripistemologies of Pain 
  • Care Work 
  • Crip Materiality 
  • Crip Ecologies 
  • Disability and Animal Studies 
  • Crip Historiographies 
  • Trans Theory/Disability Theory 
  • Queer/Crip Tensions and Emergent Resolutions 
  • New Directions in Disability Performance 
  • New Directions in Feminist Disability Studies 
  • New Directions in Fat Studies and Disability Studies     


1 February 2021: Deadline for submissions of 500-word proposal for articles and a short biography to the guest editors Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer 

1 May 2021: Authors will be notified of proposal status 

1 February 2022: Full versions of selected papers to be submitted to guest editors 

1 May 2022: Authors will be notified of final decisions with suggestions for revisions on papers 

1 February 2023: Deadline for submitting final, revised papers to guest editors     

David Bolt, Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University 

Book Reviews Editor
Ann Fox, Davidson College 

Comments Editor
Owen Barden, Liverpool Hope University 

Editorial Support Worker
Heidi Mapley, Liverpool Hope University 

Editorial Advisers
Clare Barker, University of Leeds
Tammy Berberi, University of Minnesota, Morris
James Berger, Yale University
Michael Berube, Pennsylvania State University
Lucy Burke, Manchester Metropolitan University
Fiona Kumari Campbell, University of Dundee
Johnson Cheu, Michigan State University
Ria Cheyne, Liverpool Hope University
Tom Coogan, University of Birmingham
G. Thomas Couser, Hofstra University
Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego
Lennard J. Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago
Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles
Jim Ferris, University of Toledo
Anne Finger, Oakland, California
Chris Foss, University of Mary Washington
Ann Fox, Davidson College
Chris Gabbard, University of North Florida
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University, Atlanta
Martin Halliwell, University of Leicester
Diane Price Herndl, University of South Florida
Christopher Krentz, University of Virginia
Miriamne Ara Krummel, University of Dayton
Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Stephen Kuusisto, Syracuse University
Robert McRuer, George Washington University
Susannah B. Mintz, Skidmore College
David T. Mitchell, George Washington University
Stuart Murray, University of Leeds
James Overboe, Wilfrid Laurier University
Catherine Prendergast, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ato Quayson, University of Toronto
Susan Schweik, University of California, Berkeley
Margrit Shildrick, Linkoping University
Sharon L. Snyder, George Washington University
Tanya Titchkosky, University of Toronto

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