Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in the multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies.

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Call For Proposals: Disability and/in/through fanfiction

This special issue invites works that explores disability in fanfiction, disability and fanfiction, and disability through fanfiction.  
Posted: 2015-11-11 More...

Call For Proposals: Institutional Survivorship


The Huronia Regional Centre, a residential facility for persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, operated in Ontario for 133 years until after a long and difficult history it was shut down in 2009. In this special journal issue, in honour of the work accomplished by Huronia survivors, we are interested in the experiences of disability and disablement both within and beyond experiences of institutionalization, and look to explore the meaning of survivorship as it pertains to institutionalization and disability. 

Posted: 2015-07-29 More...

Call For Proposals: Telling Ourselves Sideways, Crooked, and Crip

We seek submissions that engage in playful, non-normative, experiential, and experimental formats and that use such (de)compositional forms to create/explore crip knowledges, enactments, aesthetics, and corporealities.  
Posted: 2015-05-05 More...
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Vol 4, No 3 (2015)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Law, Religion, Disability PDF HTML
Ravi Malhotra, Heather Shipley i-xiv


Entre l’accommodement de la croyance religieuse et l’accommodement du handicap en milieu scolaire: les tribunaux devraient-ils adapter leur analyse? PDF HTML
Marie-Eve Gagné 1-25
Quakers and Disability: Theory and Practice in the 19th Century PDF HTML
Timothy Lillie 26-49
Reflections on Law in Light of Everyday Life at L’Arche PDF HTML
Thomas McMorrow 50-71
Propter Deformitatem: Towards a Concept of Disability in Medieval Canon Law PDF HTML
Brandon Parlopiano 72-102
Moving from the Implicit to the Explicit: ‘Spiritual Rights’ and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities PDF HTML
Russell Whiting, Sándor Gurbai 103-126


Review of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Gawande PDF HTML
Caleb Berkemeier 127-133
Review of Foucault, Power and Education by Ball PDF HTML
Mark Castrodale 134-141
Review of Approaching Disability by Mallett & Runswick-Cole PDF HTML
Diane Driedger 142-144
Review of Re-Membering by Millett-Gallant PDF HTML
Sheila Jennings 145-151
Review of Psychiatry Disrupted by eds. Burstow, LeFrancois, & Diamond PDF HTML
Andrea Nicki 152-159
Review of Disability and Passing by eds. Brune & Wilson PDF HTML
Amber Reid 160-167