Launching Collective Voices

Letter from the Editors - October, 2009

Thank you for joining us for the first issue of Collective Voices! Several factors contributed to the creation of this magazine. First and foremost, we wanted to give disability studies students a voice; an outlet through which to express ourselves creatively. As students so much of our time is spent on academic writing for classes, exams, conferences, publications, and hopefully dissertations. This magazine is intended for the other stuff…

Anthology of Zombiology

Posted by K. Caldwell - October, 2009

Collected works from the first inclusive conference on zombie rights -- While the recent popularization of vampires in modern culture may have breathed new life into studies of the undead, there is one population that remains overlooked – zombies. Consequently, those who identify as such, persons with un-death, remain disenfranchised and underserved by society. Not as romantic an endeavor, Zombiology as a field presents two main challenges to young scholars…

Capitalizm: The Political Economy of Zombies

Book Review by V. Cuk - October, 2009

A minority group of Afro-Caribbean origin; zombies have historically been discriminated against within societies who have overwhelmingly designated institutional or peripheral spaces for this group. It is widely known that zombies are highly photosensitive; however, without any accommodation from society it is impossible for them to fully participate as citizens. A groundbreaking theory by Alistair Moneybags attempts to provide new insights into the discrimination and “lived” experience of zombies…

The Consequences of the Costume

Posted by R. Parrey - October, 2009

There is a certain Halloween costume I’ve seen online that lets the wearer become a zombie, but not with make-up or a mask. This "costume" puts the wearer in an all black outfit to which a zombie body has been affixed. As the black-clad person moves and dances so too does the life-sized zombie marionette. The costume only works if the wearer is thought to disappear completely…

Crip the Mass

Posted by K. Caldwell - October, 2009

On the last Friday of every month hundreds of Chicagoans gather in Daley Plaza for Critical Mass. While most noted as being a sort of controlled chaos for avid bicyclists, Critical Mass has developed as a spontaneous community. Friends that you see once a month and share an unforgettable ride with. In theory the Mass is apolitical, but many people are driven to become part of it for their own reasons…

Launching Collective Voices

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Letter from the Editor

Thank you for joining us for the first issue of Collective Voices!

Several factors contributed to the creation of this magazine. First and foremost, we wanted to give disability studies students a voice; an outlet through which to express ourselves creatively. As students so much of our time is spent on academic writing for classes, exams, conferences, publications, and hopefully dissertations. This magazine is intended for the other stuff… for those ideas that seem silly, bizarre, or half-baked but are still informed by a disability studies perspective. We believe that such diversions deserve to be shared too. So while our content is intended to be entertaining, we hope that you find it thought provoking as well.

Further, in bringing together our collective voices we hope to strengthen this burgeoning community of scholars, artists, and advocates. This is not just our magazine… this is your magazine.

How does this thing work?

Collective Voices will start out in bi-monthly syndication (every other month). Each issue will have a theme released the preceding month. We not only welcome and encourage submissions from viewers like you… we depend on them! Each issue will also have a contest of sorts. Now bear in mind that being students ourselves we don’t have any $$$ so the prize will be our esteem and a place of honor in the next issue. You can find the contest for this month below. Each issue will also feature a poll that can be found on the bottom, right-hand side of the webpage.

If you would like to get involved in the magazine click here for a list of open positions.

What is December’s Theme?

Wanderlust! – Let’s face it, December is depressing and often you want to be anywhere but sitting in front of a computer screen reading articles on the social construction of or theoretical approaches to disability related whatchemacallits. For this reason we have dedicated December’s issue to wanderlust. If you have an idea for an article relating to disability studies in other cultures or “Tales of Student Travels” check out our submissions page! We look forward to hearing from you.

Photo Contest – We would like to put together a cross-cultural slideshow of people with disabilities in many different countries. So if you have any pictures from home or vacation photos depicting this please send them our way!

Introducing our First Issue:

OMG Zombiez! – You may have noticed that we have chosen a zombie theme for this first issue. What began as an inside joke morphed into a kind of obsession as we found applying various theories of disability to zombies challenging. For example: how would you apply a social model to alleviate the oppression of a zombie population? How would zombies find themselves positioned in the political economy? Discussions have also led us to question how and why we have constructed the zombie as we have and what similarities exist given how disability has been socially constructed. Further, what does that say about our culture? We attempt to address these topics in the following articles, and realize that we are only starting the conversation...


Now, let our magazine’s birth begin with un-death!


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