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RDS Call for Papers

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) seeks proposals for a special forum on the Crip, the fat, the ugly. We are currently soliciting papers of up to 7500 words in length, including references and tables. The deadline for submission of papers is June 1, 2017. Learn more about the Call for Papers

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Volume 12, Issue 4 of the RDS Journal is now available!

The latest issue of RDS is out! You won’t want to miss this issue featuring an international tapestry of disability studies focused research, creative works, best practices, film review and much more.

Check out our featured editorial Cripping Concepts: Accessibility by Dr. Kelly Fritsch, RDS Associate Editor for Research.

Visit our website featuring the latest issue: www.rds.hawaii.edu/ojs/index.php/journal/issue/view/V12i4

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RDS is now recruiting Peer Review Board Members

RDS is recruiting for Peer Review Board Members to support the peer review process. Members have an important role in the peer review of international disability studies proposals.

We are looking for members with expertise in a wide range of scholarly expertise.

Learn more about becoming a Review Board Member

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New Forum on Aging and Disability

Sneak Preview: Coming in August Forum on Aging and Disability

‘Thread and fibre have always held me close. Words I may struggle with but any piece of cloth can speak to me. Thread lets me play and explore, it is a material that all people engage with. It is the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep between. It ties things together.

Threads are used in labeling, but words are given precedence. I wrestle with a label that was given me. I read about it, I explore what is said about it in many different ways in our world. It takes over my processes. I fight back, but I I fall into letting it define me again. I am hoping that you will share a label that has been applied to you or a friend. That you will hang a tag on the walls of this box to share that label. I am hoping to use these words in an exploratory activity that will continue. I am beginning to see through this process.

Learn more about this forum

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Special Forum on Disability and Aging Call for Papers

Empirically, we need to remember these facts: barring sudden death, those who are aging and those who have a disability can be only artificially separated at a particular moment in time. Or except for the possibility of sudden death, everyone with a disability will age, and everyone who is aging will acquire one or more disabilities. (Zola, 1989, p. 6)

Rather than merely read old age as disability, or disability as akin to old age, it is crucial to consider how an older person’s body read as having a disability is different from a younger person’s body read as having a disability. Similarly, it is crucial to consider how an older person’s body read as having a disability is different from an older person’s body read as not having a disability. (Chivers, 2011, p. 22)

Population aging is taking place in nearly all countries across the globe and, by midcentury, older persons (ages 60 year and over) are projected to exceed the number of children for the first time ever (UN, 2013). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) (2010), chronic non-communicable diseases associated with old age will soon represent the greatest burden on global health. Within reports published by global governing bodies, disability is routinely assumed and directly referenced as a consequence of population aging. Although powerful in their potential to direct support to targeted issues, such reports may also contribute to a “crisis rhetoric” (Kennedy, 2002, p. 226) that rests on an “inappropriate conflation” (Chivers, 2011, p. 22) between disability and aging, which begins with the assumption that all older people are disabled by virtue of their being old. Such conflation has implications for public policy and entitlement to services and supports.

Research, policy and practice have tended to treat disability as a product of unsuccessful aging, and aging as an obstacle to living well with a disability. There is a paucity of research that explores the nuances and complexities of the relationship between disability and aging (Freedman, 2014). Conceptually, aging and disability are not only separated temporally, but spatially as well. There is, for example, very limited research on the experiences of young people living within nursing home environments and other residential care facilities despite the co-residence of older and young adults.

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) seeks proposals for a special forum on disability and aging. We are currently soliciting papers of approximately 6000 words in length. The deadline for submission of papers is October 31st, 2015. Papers should be submitted to the RDS online submission system at www.rds.hawaii.edu. Upon submission, please submit under the “forums” category from the pull-down menu and indicate in the “notes for the editor” that your paper is for consideration for the special forum on disability and aging.

Papers considered for inclusion may take the form of academic and creative works, as well as reflections on international disability-specific policies, practices, pedagogies and developments.

Topics to be explored may include:

  • (Trans-/)Disciplinary approaches to disability and aging
  • Disability and aging as made to appear in/by technology, design and the built environment (e.g., Universal Design)
  • Decolonizing disability and aging (post-/anti-colonial approaches)
  • Disability, aging and embodiment
  • Disability, aging, and the labor market
  • Disability and/as (un)successful aging
  • Epistemological relations to disability and aging
  • Genealogies of disability and aging
  • Geographies of disability and aging (social and cultural/local, national, inter-/transnational)
  • Global policies and best practices that connect disability and aging
  • Intersectional analyses that foreground disability and age
  • Living well: Social philosophical approaches to the good life from the dual perspectives of disability and aging
  • Points of connection and contestation between disability studies and aging studies (e.g., caregiving studies)
  • Queering disability and aging
  • Theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the study of disability and aging
  • The chronologization of the life course

Submissions to this special forum will undergo a process of multiple editor peer-review. Authors will be notified of whether their papers will be included in the forum by December 1st, 2015. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the RDS website at www.rds.hawaii.edu for more information about the Journal and its formatting guidelines. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their paper and to subscribe to the Journal. All submissions must follow the RDS publication guidelines posted on the website.

RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The Journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions please contact the Special Guest Editors Dr. Katie Aubrecht and Dr. Tamara Krawchenko: katieaubrecht@msvu.ca and tkrawche@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Katie Aubrecht, PhD
Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University

Tamara Krawchenko, PhD
Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research and Policy Analysis, Mount Saint Vincent University

Works Cited

  • Chivers, S. (2011). The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in Cinema.
  • Freedman, V. (2014). Research gaps in the demography of aging with a disability. Disability and Health Journal, 7, S60-S63.
  • Kennedy, J. (2002). Disability and aging – beyond the crisis rhetoric. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 12(4), 226-228.
  • United Nations. (UN). (2013). World population ageing. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. New York: United Nations. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/WorldPopulationAgeing2013.pdf
  • World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Global health and aging. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/ageing/publications/global_health.pdf
  • Zola, I. (1989). Aging and disability: Toward a unified agenda. Journal of Rehabilitation, 6-8.
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Upcoming Changes to the RDS Journal

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Effective January, 2015 RDS is using a new online management system for viewing content, submissions, manuscript review, and subscriptions. Access journal content and activities.

Note that you must be registered as a user to view the full content of the site or to conduct site activities such as submitting a manuscript.

RDS will be completely open access until March 1, 2015, at which time only subscribers will be able to access current content. Subscribe to RDS.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at rdsj@hawaii.edu

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RDS Announces Special Issue of the journal to mark the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Aloha!

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) will publish a special issue of the journal to mark the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity to take place in May, 2015. The special issue will be published in the Fall of 2015.

Works considered for inclusion may take the form of academic and creative works, as well as reflections on international disability-specific policies, practices, pedagogies and developments. To be considered, authors must first submit their abstracts using the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity submission process (http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/callforpapers/). Authors of abstracts that are accepted for inclusion in the Pacific Rim Conference Program and that address disability-related strands within the Conference themes Exploration, Foundation and Innovation will be invited to submit a paper for consideration for inclusion in this special issue of RDS.

Abstracts will undergo peer-review as part of the submission process for the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. Acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee publication in RDS. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their abstract and to subscribe to the journal. Authors can refer to the website, www.rds.hawaii.edu, for more information about the journal and for formatting guidelines. Full paper submissions must be formatted according to RDS publication guidelines to be considered.

RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal. Founded by the late Dr. David Pfeiffer, RDS is published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multi-media relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.

A call for papers for this special issue with detailed information is forthcoming. For additional information please email the Forums Editor at rdsj@hawaii.edu.

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Upcoming Changes at RDS

Aloha Disability Studies Community:

I wanted to update you on some new and exciting changes coming your way from The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS). Starting in January, 2015, with Volume 11, The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii will utilize an open systems journal management program to offer you RDS entirely online. Although we are proud of our beautiful print edition, it has become too costly to produce. With the new online version, everything from submissions through manuscript review, publication and issue browsing will be easier to access and utilize. We will also be offering new content including an expansion of our creative works and disability studies practice sections.

A demonstration of the new and improved RDS will be launched this Fall and will be open to anyone who wishes to explore the site. Starting in January, 2015 the most current volume of RDS will only be available to subscribers. Subscription prices of the new format will remain the same ($25 for students, $50 for individuals, and $100 for libraries) with no additional cost for international subscriptions! Back issues of RDS will still be available online for free.

As a final note, I am sad to say that Steven Brown is retiring to the Foggy Bay Area and will be leaving us as Reviews Editor, and Holly Manaseri has recently moved to another position and will no longer be acting as Forums Editor. Both Steve and Holly have been invaluable to RDS and I will miss them greatly! However, this does mean that there will be new opportunities for those of you inside and outside of our Center to contribute to content development and editing of RDS. Stay tuned.

Please look for additional updates this Summer and Fall. Thank you to everyone who has supported RDS over our 10 year history and through our transition into the next 10 years!

Megan Conway
RDS Editor

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