Stories about us are boring. As predictable and ubiquitous as they are dangerous, normate narrations of our lives are as straight as they come: one-dimensional narratives of tragic loss and/or progressive normativity. We are dying or overcoming. We become a burden or an inspiration. We desire vindication or marriage. Our entire narrative worlds are defined by our Otherness, yet revolve around the normates and the normative. These stories cut straight to the point, using—and used as—well-steeped, easily readable metaphors bolstered by the requisite piano-based musical cues. If we didn’t know us better, we would bore us.
Vol 2, No 4 (2013): Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition Curated by Amanda Cachia
Image from Katherine Araniello's "Sick, Bitch, Crip Dance."
Image depicts a wheelchair symbol coloured mottled green with a human face inside a television, floating in space.
This image is from the webcomic Cripz, created by Jeff Preston and Clara Madrenas and reprinted with their permission. In this issue of the CJDS, Christine Kelly writes about their comic as a new form of Canadian disability activism.
The image depicts two young men. The man on the left has blond hair and holds his arms crossed against his chest defiantly. His sweater has a red wheelchair symbol on it. The young man on the right wears a hat and holds his fist out towards us. He wears a large gold ring across his knuckles. The ring showcases another wheelchair symbol.
You can read the comic at http://cripz.jeffpreston.ca/
Theme Issue: Disability Mediations
This theme issue of the CJDS interrogates "mediations" of disability -- how disability is represented from within and without, through and across the media.This image depicts Sam Sullivan, former mayor of Vancouver and subject of Nicole Markotic's essay in this theme issue of the CJDS. Sullivan is shown from the waist up, sitting in an electric wheelchair, leading slightly to the left. Photo courtesy Phillip Chin.
What is Canadian Disability Studies?
This inaugural issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies gathers articles that respond to the following questions:
Does Disability Studies have a Canadian perspective? What is unique about Canadian views, methods, and approaches to the field? Conversely, why does Canada need Disability Studies – in the academy, in policy, in advocacy, in activism? What are the key works in Canadian Disability Studies scholarship? What are the future directions for this field? What are the spatial, social, cultural, political and economic contexts of Canadian Disability Studies? How is Canadian Disability Studies, a field that defines geographical and disciplinary limits, also an international and multidisciplinary endeavor? Conversely, how is Canadian Disability Studies conceptualized and received internationally as uniquely Canadian in content and perspective?