Call for Papers - Interrogating Disability and Prostheses - KKF 2020/1 – Københavns Universitet

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11. december 2018

Call for Papers - Interrogating Disability and Prostheses - KKF 2020/1

In this Special Issue we invite papers that critically examine diverse phenomena of disability, whether physical or mental, congenital, acquired, or age-related, from feminist perspectives.

Disability in relation to prostheses

In particular, contributers are invited to think critically and creatively about disability in relation to the objects, notions or metaphors of 'prostheses’. Prostheses can be thought of in relation to a diverse multitude of phenomena – from wheelchairs to hormone replacement therapy – that in different ways shape and reshape not just functionality, but the very fabric of human lives, particularly in the context of disability. In addition, the prosthetic metaphor is operationalized in a wide range of contexts, evoking a blending of human and technology to triumphantly overcome the ‘natural’ limitations of the ‘ordinary’ human body.

Interdisciplinary approaches

The Special Issue welcomes contributions that unsettle the familiar certainties of modernist thought by exposing all the gaps, fissures and aporia between the ideal and the actual that render some lives – often those of people with disabilities – unsustainable. Interdisciplinary approaches and approaches that bring an important gendered dimension to these considerations, as well as analyses of the diverse aspects of social injustice and local and global inequalities as related to health and ability, are particularly encouraged.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gendered representations of disability and prostheses
  • Disability and the posthuman
  • Gender affirming/transforming prostheses
  • Neural prostheses
  • Technologies and materialities of disability
  • Queering concepts and practices of prostheses and disability
  • Norms of embodiment, personhood and ‘healthy’ bodies
  • Disability, crip and feminist theory/methodology
  • Disability/prostheses and feminist bioethics
  • Disability policies and inequality

Deadline for abstracts (max 300-word + up to 100 word author bio): February 25, 2019
Deadline for articles: August 25, 2019

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