LINGUIST List 32.3175

Fri Oct 08 2021

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics / International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS) (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 06-Oct-2021
From: Maria Cristina Nisco <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics / International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS) (Jrnl)
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Full Title: International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS)

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Nov-2021

Call for Papers:
Disability, Shame and Discrimination
Guest editors: Bronwen Hughes and Maria Cristina Nisco
(University of Naples Parthenope, Italy)

The many forms of exclusionary othering that we witness today, both in online and offline contexts, involve isolating certain members of society or social categories by making them feel different, inadequate, alone, and lacking in those physical, psychological or characterial traits which allow a person to feel that they belong and that, by extension, they can actively and usefully contribute to society (Sherry et al. 2020; Wilkin 2020).

Othering stands at the opposite end of the spectrum to inclusiveness or inclusivity; it is born of the age-old power play whereby dominant groups stand together, finding strength in numbers and elective affinities, and minority groups are excluded and shamed for not possessing whatever trait the dominant group considers a prerequisite for membership. As much research has documented in recent years, othering occurs specifically in relation to categories such as gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, age, and of course disability, upon which the contributions to this special issue will focus (Ging and Siapera 2019; Kiuppis 2018; Lumsden and Harmer 2019).

Discriminatory practices can also operate in an intersectional manner, targeting combinations of these ideologically disparaged categories. Hence, for example, disability can be combined with sexual orientation, gender or ethnicity to create carefully crafted pockets of inequity where prejudicial behaviour runs rife leaving the objects of intolerance feeling hurt and ashamed.

The injury meted out by discriminators then fuels a never-ending spiral, with shame leading to feelings of defectiveness, worthlessness and a fear of stigmatization which can, in turn, bring about physical and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression (Watermeyer and Swartz 2015).

The growth and expansion of new media and the ever-increasing engagement with self-representational practices have further increased the ways disability can be mediated (Barnes 1992; Johanssen and Garrisi 2020). On the one hand, this serves to enhance positive visibility, on the other, however, this increased exposure lays the persons involved open to new and heightened forms of discrimination and intolerance. As Ellis and Kent observe, ''the web 2.0 has been developed in and by the same social world that routinely disables people with disability'' (Ellis and Kent 2011: 2) and digital technological progress often serves merely to duplicate the forms of inaccessibility and discrimination found in the offline world.

We invite contributors to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words including 3 keywords but excluding references, to Bronwen Hughes and Maria Cristina Nisco

Dates to remember:
- Submission of abstracts: by 26 November 2021
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: by 8 December 2021
- Submission of individual papers to guest editors: by 17 April 2022
Detailed info on the CfPs can be found at the following link

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