VOLUME 13: Intersections of Trauma and Critical Disability studies in Latin America
Critical disability studies have highlighted the importance of considering disability as socially constructed and as a category of oppression that is intersected and mutually constituted by class, race and gender. The field has highlighted the importance of considering the embodied experiences of persons who live with disabilities, by exploring autobiographical narratives and memoirs as well as other forms of testimony that range from performance, cinema, photography and social activism. Critical disability studies also interpolates the significance of contemplating individual and situated interpretation and contestation with notions of wound, trauma along with the im/possibility of healing and cure within specific social and political contexts. The emphasis on embodied experiences of disability does not discard considerations of how social structures might produce disability and induce trauma. The relevance of trauma studies in bringing into focus the physical and psychological effects of a traumatic experience on the body, such as state violence, genocide, sexual assault among others, facilitates conceptualizing the connections between these two fields of study. Brújula’s Volume 13 will focus on the intersections between trauma and critical disability studies in Latin America in order to consider the interplay of both individual interpretations and embodied experiences of disability, illness and trauma as well as social factors that might be shaping and producing such categories. The contemporary hemispheric scenery, shaped by colonial legacies, post-dictatorial regimes, neoliberal economies and environmental strugglesmight be conceptualized and looked through the lenses of trauma and disability to redirect attention towards violence and its un/seen effects on the body. How can we think of practices that contest, re signify and respond to the notion of ableism, wound and trauma within current modes of cultural production?
For this volume of Brújula, we seek contributions that address this and other questions in the fields of Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, New Media, Cultural Studies, History, Anthropology, Ecology, Ethnography, Disability and Gender Studies, Languages and Literatures, and any field that addresses the intersections of disability and trauma studies.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Auto/biographical, fictional narratives that speak of trauma, pain
Community-engaged practices of healing and care
Performance and disability
Crip and Queer temporalities
Activisms and human rights
Disability and environmental humanities
The body and its significations
Ethnicity, race and disability
Cultural significations of illness
Gender, sexuality and disability
Science and Technology Studies
Brújula welcomes the submission of the following scholarly genres:
Academic articles (15-20 pages)
Historiographical analysis (15-20 pages)
Interviews (6-10 pages)
Reflections on performance practices (4-5 pages)
Book Reviews (3-4 pages)
Please submit your manuscript with a cover letter that includes a brief (50-75 words) professional statement (with your name, academic affiliation and title [graduate student, doctoral candidate, assistant professor, professor, etc.], institution, research interests, and/or a few relevant publications), the title of your paper, and a 100-word abstract.
Brújula is a peer-reviewed journal that favors anonymity in the selection process. Therefore, manuscripts should be submitted without names. Names and email addresses should appear only on the cover letter.
Manuscripts must be written in Spanish, English, or Portuguese and must be double-spaced, including endnotes and bibliography.
Format manuscripts following the conventions of the latest MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
Tables, diagrams, maps, photos, and artwork may be included by arrangement with editors.
Permissions to reproduce such materials will be the author’s responsibility.
Brújula only accepts original contributions. Translation of articles or articles already published will not be accepted.