Deaf history, in its most distilled form, is the study of deaf people and their experiences in the past. There is an intrinsic value in the research, study, and writing of deaf history. Social critic James Baldwin alludes to that value when he observed that “history is literally present in all that we do.” The rapid racial, social, economic, political, and technological changes in the U.S. compels us to explore how these changes affect deaf people’s lives. They also compel us to ground our exploration in history.
The corpus of work in the field of Deaf History continues to grow. As with historical studies of other communities, a historiographical assessment of the field reveals gaps in coverage of temporal periods, diversity within the population, class, and geographical reach.
This call for papers is for a multi-volume series in Deaf History, with one volume focusing on the histories of deaf people outside the United States and at least one focusing on U.S. histories. The editors welcome essays on deaf history from a wide range of subfields and disciplines from U.S. deaf histories, transnational histories, the Global South, and other geographical locations. Essays should be historically focused but can originate from related field such as deaf studies, film studies, art history, literature, anthropology, politics, and sociology. Topics that tie issues of race, class, and gender to deaf history are especially of interest. This includes the histories of deaf people of color, deaf disabled people, and deaf blind people. Topics that focus on mid to late 20th century deaf histories including the Deaf President Now movement are especially encouraged. This book series is under review at a university press. Accepted proposals will be assigned to an appropriate volume and publication date will vary according to volume order of publication.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a brief proposal of approximately 500 words explaining the topic, thesis, and major sources to be used in the article. A three line author biography should be included with the proposal.
Proposal deadline: 1st March 2018
Please submit proposals to the editors:
- William Ennis, assistant professor, history, Gallaudet University, William.Ennis@gallaudet.edu
- Brian Greenwald, professor, history, Gallaudet University, Brian.Greenwald@gallaudet.edu
- Joseph J. Murray, associate professor, ASL and Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, Joseph.Murray@gallaudet.edu
Notifications of acceptance of proposals will be made by 1st April 2018 and contingent on publisher’s acceptance of book proposal.
Accepted chapters should be between 5,000-8000 words and citations will be in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.