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Deadline extended: “A World of Difference: Disability, Culture, and the (P)Art of Those Who Have No (P)Art”

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Although a little (or maybe a lot) esoteric, this call for papers should produce very interesting work. I’m looking forward to the journal being published.



Dear Colleagues,
Sara Maria Acevedo and I have extended the submission deadline for our co-edited Cafe Dissensus issue “A World of Difference: Disability, Culture, and the (P)art of Those Who Have No (P)art.” We ask that you send us your complete essay drafts by November 15, 2018, with the issue appearing in January, 2019.
Here, for your reference, is the concept note:
Concept Note: Disability activists and scholars mark a division between disability arts and culture, on one side, and mainstream arts and culture in which disabled people participate. The division is based on the premise that disability arts and culture express a politics of self-representation often unavailable or severely limited within mainstream artistic, cultural, and performance traditions. This proposed issue of Café Dissensus explores how this division works in theory and practice, drawing on disability arts and culture practices from around the world. The issue’s title plays on Jacques Rancière’s (2010) understanding of “the political subject” as “the part of those who have no part” (p. 70). Contributors will have the opportunity to converse with this understanding in both articles, as well as multi-media formats, and to frame their contributions in response to two main questions:
1) How do disabled artists, musicians, and writers locate their creative work?
2) How do both disability arts and culture, and mainstream culture locate certain disabled bodies as the (p)art of those who have no (p)art?
Submissions should be of roughly 2000-2500 words. Some longer pieces would be considered, if they deserve more space. We ask that you send us your complete essay drafts by November 15, 2018,

Please email your submissions to both guest editors and

We look forward to receiving your essays!
With best wishes,
Sara Maria Acevedo, PhD and Stefan Sunandan Honisch, PhD

Stefan Sunandan Honisch, PhD
Associate Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
University of Victoria

Black Artists with Disabilities Sought

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CALL for ART: Black Artists with Disabilities: Arts Unbound is currently accepting submissions for the February 2019 exhibition featuring work by black artists who have a physical disability, developmental disability, learning disability, mental illness or chronic illness. This show will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the achievements of black artists while, at the same time, bringing attention to the issues around disability in the black community.

For this open call we are inviting both emerging and established artists to submit work in any medium.

Eligibility: Black artists who have a physical disability, developmental disability, learning disability, chronic illness or mental illness.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

How to apply: Submission is free and must be sent via email to

Please submit:
1 – 3 images at 72dpi,
Images must be labeled with title, medium, size
An artist statement

Shipping + presentation: If your submission is accepted, you will be notified with information for drop off or shipping your artwork(s) to the gallery. In the event the work does not sell the artist is responsible for the return postage which can be a shipping label from either UPS, Fedex or USPS included with your artwork.

Gallery commission: Arts Unbound retains the right to represent an artist in a sale of the artwork that is exhibited for the duration of the exhibition. All artworks will be offered for sale. Arts Unbound takes a 40% commission on all sales. Accepted entries are represented by Arts Unbound for the duration of the exhibition, and artworks will be promoted on our website and other social media.

Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, Arts Unbound centers their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenges the stigma associated with disability and aging.

For more information, contact:
Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development

Featured Artist Blog Post: Photographer Kathleen Sheffer

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Featured Blog by Bay Area Artist: Kathleen Sheffer

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I knew I was starting to heal when I began taking photos in my hospital room. My camera had laid neglected in my bag since I was wheeled into the operating room. For days I couldn’t eat, walk to the restroom, or say with certainty what day it was, though the hospital psychiatrist asked me regularly.