Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Call for Papers: Open Words

Special Issue of the Journal

Open Words: Access and English Studies

Devoted to Disability Studies

Open Words: Access and English Studies is a journal dedicated to publishing articles focusing on political, professional, and pedagogical issues related to teaching composition, reading, ESL, creative writing, and literature to open admissions and non-mainstream student populations.

We will be devoting issue 5.1 (Spring 2011) to articles focusing on Disability Studies.

We invite manuscripts to explore Disability as identity, Disability Rights as a political movement, disability as rhetorical and as theoretical lens, disability and pedagogy, as well as the ways that

disability intersects with other approaches, identities, histories, and movements. Given the inter- and intra-disciplinary nature of the field of Disability Studies, a diversity of methodologies and modes of inquiry are invited.

How has disability shaped or been shaped by English studies? How can Disability Studies approaches help us to better understand issues of access? How are words such as “basic,” “normal,” “mainstream,” or “remedial” rhetorically charged by disability and how does this shape

space and practice? What are the locations of disability in education, and how might this geography be remapped?

Contact Guest Editor Jay Dolmage with submissions or with questions:


Deadline for Submissions: May 22, 2010

View past issues of Open Words HERE.

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