CFP: Special Issue of Intersectionalities, ‘Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health’

Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice has just launched a call for papers on a special issue of the journal.  We hope that you will consider contributing to this special issue, and please do send this call for papers out to your contacts.

Special Issue Call For Papers: Mad Studies

Guest Editors

  • Peter Beresford, Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University, UK
  • Brenda LeFrançois, Associate Professor, Memorial University, Canada
  • Jasna Russo, PhD Candidate, Brunel University, UK

Abstract Submission Deadline: 3rd November 2014

The special issue ‘Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health’ aims for an interdisciplinary ­or in/disciplinary collection of articles that will demonstrate the relationship and contribution of Mad Studies to other related fields of study.

Questions that we would in particularly like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • How has the project of Mad Studies been taken up both in and outside of Canada in the fields of disability studies, social work and/or mental health? How is this emergent field evolving internationally?
  • How are Mad bodies read within the fields of mental health, disability studies and/or social work?   How might Mad Studies open a space to read Mad bodies differently and/or understand madness through the filter of social justice principles and in particular with the centering of the analyses of those who have been psychiatrized?
  • What kind of knowledge production might lead to the development of non-medical conceptualizations and alternative social responses to madness, sanism, and psychiatrization, including resistance to current power relationships within and outside of the mental health system?
  • In what ways do Mad identities intersect with other socially disadvantaged subjectivities in (re)producing hierarchies of dominance and subordination?
  • In what ways does using an intersectionality lens support the unpacking of the role of sanism within the matrix of domination?
  • What  are  the  working  realities  of  Mad  identified  scholars and advocates  within  both academic and non-academic settings?
  • Intersectionalities provides a forum for addressing issues of social difference and power. In order to keep with the journal¹s focus we in particularly seek contributions   which consider the intersections of age, disability, class, poverty, gender and sexual identity, geographical (dis)location, colonialism/imperialism, indigeneity, racialization, ethnicity, citizenship.

Please see the Journal policy at:

Review process and the time line

Please submit abstracts by 3rd November 2014 (not more than 500 words).

The guest editors of this special issue will review the abstracts and notify you about the decision by 24th November 2014.

The full manuscripts are due 30th March 2015.

Submitting manuscripts

Contributions should be between 3000 and 7000 words. Submissions should follow the Journal¹s editorial policies and guidelines for submissions, which can be found at: Please note it is the responsibility of the submitting authors to ensure that the articles are correctly edited for Canadian English and within the journal¹s format.

At the top of your submission, please clearly state: Special Issue: Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health.

All papers should be submitted online at

We encourage contributions from authors of various regions and backgrounds and will answer any further inquiries. Please direct inquiries to the guest editors:

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