15/6/2019 – CFP: New Disability Poetics

cfp disability

Special issue of Amodern.

What, when & where

This issue draws together poets, critics, and hybrid practitioners in the fields of contemporary poetics and disability studies to posit new approaches to experimental aesthetic practices that interrogate and represent the social, political, and mediated realities of disability. The issue will bring together work on contemporary poets and artists with new takes on earlier experimental poetry, and will build on the work of Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen, editors of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011) to include new work in disability poetics from a wide range of aesthetic practices, media, and orientations. We welcome papers that situates disability in dialogue with analyses of class, race, sexuality, immigration status, and other forms of social precarity, as well as work that situates disability poetics within local, national, transnational, and planetary scales of instability and shift. We encourage essays that will read disability across fields and situate the body as a site of lived experience within environmental and social systems that press upon it.

Possible topics include and are not limited to:

Disability and technology, Performance and the body,
Trans/feminist and queer theories of disability
Critical race studies and disability poetics, Space, site, and accessibility
Disability and the postcolonial
Connections between disability activism and creative practice
Care ethics and caring labor
Theories and representations of illness
Disaster and the body
Indigenous approaches to disability and poetics

Deadline & how to apply

Proposals of 300 words due: 15 June 2019
Drafts of 4000-8000 words due: 1 September 2019

Proposals for articles of 300 words are due June 15. Completed articles of 4,000-8,000 words are due to the special issue editors Orchid Tierney, Knar Gavin, and Davy Knittle on September 1, 2019. Please direct questions, abstracts, and full articles to newdisabilitypoetics@gmail.com.

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