How can we possibly write right now? How do we write when the world is spinning, when our bodyminds [1] are constantly responding to the material, social, emotional, and psychical pressures of grief, mourning, death, sickness, disabling infrastructures, state-sanctioned violence, and university-sanctioned negligence?

Is there a future for disability and composition?

This is the framing question for this call for submissions: is there a future [2] for disability and composition? Within this question inherently lie a multitude of assumptions and…more questions.

  • Is there a future for disabled people? What does a living future for disabled people feel like? [3] Can we imagine a future for disabled people at all?
  • Is there a future for composition? If we understand composition as an action or as a verb [4], rather than simply an academic discipline, how does that alter our perception of the relationship between composition and disability?

For the second volume of collected writings featured on Anti-Ableist Composition, this call for submissions asks writers from all backgrounds (academics, activists, writers) to question the future.

Questions to consider in your submissions include but are certainly not limited to:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted your writing process and/or your embodied writing practices?
  • If you are a graduate or undergraduate student, how has COVID-19 and, potentially, your university’s response (or lack thereof) impacted your progress to degree or progress to graduation?
  • What things haven’t changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic/public health crisis? What elements of disabled/crip/krip [5] life remain the same, despite the ways that dominant narratives have presented many experiences during this time as new or novel?
  • If you are a faculty member, how has COVID-19 and/or your university’s police/procedures impacted your time to promotion, your tenure portfolio, and/or your capacity to find balance between work/personal life?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your workplace and your role within it? Have your employers been accommodating? If not, what could they or employers in general do better about?

This call for submissions is not limited to academics or currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. This call is open to all people but is especially interested in the perspectives of disabled and neurodivergent people. Below is a guide for submitting your texts. If you have any questions, please feel free to email cody.jackson@tcu.edu or navigate to the Contact page.


If you would like to remain anonymous, that is welcomed in this space. While your work will be published anonymously, for submission it will need a name and email address in order to correspond about your submission when necessary.

Length: 500 words to 1500 words

Genres/Types of Essays: Narrative, Scholarly, Reflective, Manifesto/a, Review of Literature, Review/Discussion of Activist Work

Format: Text, Video, Audio, and Image-based writing are welcomed. Videos should be closed-captioned, audio compositions should be transcribed, and all images should have descriptions. Your submission could also include a combination of any or all of these aspects.

Editorial Procedure: There will be minimal changes to your original submission. The only changes or revisions to your submission that may be suggested will only consist of ensuring that the writer is aware that what they are submitting will be public-facing and open access. There will be no gatekeeping or editorial changes to the content of the writer’s work. This is a writer-focused space.

Submission Deadline: We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis until May 1, 2021.

Where to Submit: Submit your work to antiableistcomposition@gmail.com.

Note on Compensation: As of right now, submissions will not be monetarily compensated due to a lack of resources. However, Cody Jackson is currently working toward small stipends for authors whose work is featured on this website. Updates on compensation will be shared as they develop.

If you have any questions about this call or about the Anti-Ableist Composition Collective generally, please use the form below or email antiableistcomposition@gmail.com. You can also contact us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AntiAbleistComp.

Bibliography

[1] Price, Margaret. “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain.” Hypatia, vol. 30, no. 1, 2015, pp. 268-284.

[2] Yergeau, M. Remi. Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. Duke University Press, 2018; Muñoz, José Esteban. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. New York University Press, 2009; Moten, Frederick C. “The Beauty of José Esteban Muñoz.” b20, 10 March 2014; Wynter, Sylvia and Katherine McKittrick. “Unparalleled Catastrophe for Our Species? Or, To Give Humanness a Different Future” in Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human As Praxis.

[3] Travis Chi Wing Lau. “The Crip Poetics of Pain.” Amodern, no. 10, December 2020.

[4] Kynard, Carmen. Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies. SUNY Press, 2013.

[5] Moore, Jr., Leroy F., Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, and Emmitt H. Thrower. “Black & Blue: Policing Disability and Poverty Beyond Occupy” in Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability, pp. 295-318.

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