The editors of The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability seek
proposals for a peer-reviewed volume of essays that approach art from a
critical disability studies perspective. Throughout history many artists
either had disabilities themselves, included representations of disability
in their work, or explored an aesthetics of disability, but the
construction of dis/ability in the history of art has not received the
attention it deserves. By employing critical disability studies as a
methodology, scholars of the history of art can provide valuable insight
into how disability was understood in divergent historical and cultural
epochs, contribute to our understanding of artistic traditions and
stylistic developments, and demonstrate a new model for the understanding of both art and disability.
The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability, part of Routledge’s Art and Visual Culture Series, will be organized chronologically to correspond
to the historical and stylistic subcategories that have traditionally been
used to structure the discipline of art history; however, we would like to
cast a wide net to engage with diverse issues such as:
– How are people with disabilities represented in art?
– How are notions of disability articulated in relation to ideas of normality, hybridity, and anomaly?
– How do artists use visual culture to affirm or subvert notions of the normative body?
– What is the changing role of disability in visual culture?
– What is the place of disability representation in particular
– How do art history and disability studies engage with and critique
intersectional notions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality?
Interested scholars should submit an abstract of 300 words and a cv to Keri Watson Keri.Watson@ucf.edu and Timothy W. Hiles firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2019. Selected authors will be notified by January 3, 2020, and will contribute a full-length essay of approximately 6,000 words by July 30, 2020.