Writing for Disability Studies: A Workshop with Journal Editors


Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Journal editors Jay Dolmage (Canadian Journal of Disability Studies), Kim Nielsen and Ally Day (Disablity Studies Quarterly) will lead a 90-minute workshop on writing for peer review publications in Disability Studies. Participants are encouraged to bring an abstract and outline of a current project to workshop.

The workshop will begin with introductions from the editors and an overview of how journals work with authors from initial submission, through peer review and onto publication. Following this, the editors will present, in multiple formats, key strategies for writing for peer review.

In the second half of the session, participants will move into small break-out groups to workshop their own material, guided by the editors who will circulate among groups to provide suggestions and answer questions.

Learning outcomes

  • Workshop participants will learn about the peer review process, from submission to publication;
  • Workshop participants will learn useful strategies for writing for an academic audience, with particular focus on the field of Disability Studies internationally;
  • Workshop participants will apply these writing techniques to their own work and the work of their peers in small groups.

Workshop Leaders

Photo: Ally Day

Ally Day is an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. Her research has primarily focused on the relationship between chronic illness, citizenship and life writing. She has published articles in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, and a/b Journal of Autobiography; she also has a chapter in Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave January 2017) and forthcoming in The Untied States: Untangling Identity in the New American Studies. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Stigmatizing Narrative: Medicine, Memoir, Citizenship and Self in the Age of HIV. Since Fall 2015, she has served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Disability Studies Quarterly.

Photo: Kim  Nielsen

Kim Nielsen is a scholar of disability, gender, and history in the Disability Studies Program at the University of Toledo. In addition to numerous articles, her books include A Disability History of the United States (Beacon, Oct 2012); Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (Beacon, 2009); Helen Keller: Selected Writings (NYUP, 2005);  and The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (NYUP, 2004).  She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Disability History (Oxford University Press, 2018), and completing The Doctress and the Horsewhip: Insanity, Patriarchy, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century America.  She also co-edits Disability Histories, a book series at the University of Illinois Press. In 2010 the Organization of American Historians honored Nielsen by appointing her a Distinguished Lecturer. Other awards include the 2007 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize of the Southern Association of Women Historians, a Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, an NEH Summer Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholars Award.  Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa.