Nancy E Hansen, PhD,
Interdisciplinary Master's Program,Disability Studies
Accessibility is not an optics issue or a choice it is a necessity
If you say I have special needs ... then just say the word disabled. Euphemisms only fuel ableism. Disability is not a dirty word. Haben Girma
True Inclusion moves at the speed of trust. Atif Choudhury
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Chapter 18: DisAppearing Disability: Disability MAiD Invisible, by Nancy Hansen
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Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration for a special issue of representations of disability in animation for the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.
Title: Representations of Disability in Animation.
Guest editors: Erin Pritchard and Alison Wilde.
Disability is present in various forms of animation, and while it is often not meant to be taken seriously, depending on its representation it can either help or hinder disabled people’s fight for equality and survival. For example, Crippen cartoons by David Lupton have provided an accessible way to raise awareness about disability politics. Furthermore, representations of disability in adult animation have been argued to be a useful form of ‘social commentary’ (Fink, 2013). This can work to promote ideas across the spectrum; for example, Pritchard (2021) argues that Family Guy highlights problematic attitudes towards dwarfism, whereas those within Disney's animated classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, have promoted damaging stereotypes of dwarfism (Pritchard, 2022; Watson, 2020). Others have shown how animation can strengthen feelings of pride, identity, and belonging (Wilde, and Millett, 2017) and theorised how animation can provide greater representation possibilities, and present ‘chaotic, mutable relational complexity’ (Roberts, 2019), arguably valuable to more multi-dimensional representations of disability and impairment. This special issue of JLCDS aims to bring together a collection of articles that focuses on such issues in representations of disability in animation, both past and present. We welcome proposals from disability scholars, but also from scholars in other disciplines whose perspectives can help to provide a broad and detailed understanding of how disability is represented in various forms of animation.
Contributions might consider, but need not be limited to:
● Representations of disability in adult animation
● Representations of disability in children’s animation
● Disney and Disability
● Representations of disability in Japanese manga
● Studio Ghibli and disability/diversity
● Disability and magic realism
● Disability and Humour in animation
● Computer generated imagery and cripping up
● Disabled animated characters as ‘ethical encounters’
● Animation, empathy, and disability
● Animation and audience affect
● Parasocial relationships with animated characters
● Implications of the false and the true aspects of animation in understanding disability
● Animation as a tool for activism
● Future representation of disability in animation
Please email a 1-page proposal and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 1st December 2023. Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by 22nd January 2024 (Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on 29th July 2024).
Please direct any questions to Erin Pritchard and Alison Wilde.
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