Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Peace Studies Journal
Theme: “Disability Studies and Ability Studies: Two Lenses to Investigate Peace
Gregor Wolbring, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies,
Dept. of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
The Peace Studies Journal is an international interdisciplinary free online peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary academic discipline that investigates the situation disabled people face  involving activists, teachers, artists, practitioners, and researchers . Ability studies is linked to disability studies in the sense that disability studies covers people who are impacted by body related (physical, mental…) ability expectations and that the term ableism (the cultural dynamic that one perceives certain abilities as essential) was coined by disabled people to highlight the negative situation disabled people experience because they are labeled as not having the required ability expectations. However ability studies goes beyond body related ability expectations. Ability Studies investigates in general how ability expectation (want stage) and ableism (need stage) hierarchies and preferences come to pass and the impact of such hierarchies and preferences [2-3]. Ability Studies investigates: (a) the social, cultural, legal, political, ethical and other considerations by which any given ability may be judged, which leads to favoring one ability over another; (b) the impact and consequence of favoring certain abilities and rejecting others; (c) the consequences of ableism in its different forms, and its relationship with and impact on other isms [2-3].Peace is an ever evolving concept whose relation to disabled people and to ability expectations is so far under-investigated. We accept any peace related topic as long as it engages with it through an ability studies lens or disability studies lens or both.
We invite potential contributors (scholars, activists, and community leaders to submit
articles of 3000-5000 words (excluding figures and tables) of original research and scholarship (empirical, theoretical and conceptual)that engage with the concept of peace through the disability studies lens, the ability studies lens or both.
Please submit full article to the Guest Editor via e-mail at:
gwolbrin[at]ucalgary.ca by 15 July, 2013
Every submitted article will be subject to anonymous peer review and recommendations arising.
As to possible areas linked to the theme the below is a sample list of possible topics”
Concept of Peace;
Peace between human and nonhuman animals;
Peace between humans and the environment;
Peace and eco-ability;
Peace and eco-ableism;
Peace and disabled people;
Peace and ability expectations;
Peace and active citizenship;
Peace and law
Peace and community;
Future of Peace
Peace and activism and social movements
Peace and science and technology;
Peace and human enhancement;
Peace and subjective well-being;
Peace and body image;
Peace and Disablism;
Peace and medical and social health policies
Peace and elderly people, youthism and ageism
The ethics of Peace;
Peace and resolution of ability expectation conflicts
Peace and transformative ability expectations;
Peace and social change discourses
Peace and ability privilege
Peace and resilience
Peace and adaptation
Peace and transformative justice
Peace and energy insecurity
Peace and climate change insecurity
Peace and water and sanitation insecurity
Peace and human insecurity
Peace within families
Peace and sport
1. Society for Disability Studies. Guidelines for disability studies programs Society for disability studies [Online], 2012. http://disstudies.org/guidelines-for-disability-studies-programs/.
2. Wolbring, G., Why NBIC? Why Human Performance Enhancement? Innovation; The European Journal of Social Science Research 2008, 21 (1), 25-40.
3. Wolbring, G., Expanding Ableism: Taking down the Ghettoization of Impact of Disability Studies Scholars. Societies 2012, 2 (3), 75-83.
Dr. Gregor Wolbring
Associate Professor Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
Dept. of Community Health Sciences
TRW Building, 3d31
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary