Volume 5 - Theme: THE BODY DIVERSE

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Disability is an aspect of human diversity - yet disability issues are often left out of discussions about increasing diversity or, for instance, movements for gender equality.

This Volume of the Canberra Disability Review will dig deeper into how individuals with disabilities conceptualise diversity and “difference”, relate to their own bodies and form unique identities, all while navigating a world that generally privileges straight cisgender white men without disabilities (from Anglo and English-Speaking backgrounds) over other identities, including:

  • people with disabilities
  • women 
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 
  • LGBTIQA+ people


“Diverse bodies and abilities”

Contributions might deconstruct normative ideals of beauty /challenge mainstream notions of what is “normal” or explore:

- the ways diverse and disabled bodies are viewed by others, and even within the disability community;

- personal understandings of identity and “the body”,

- appearance diversity and the experience of having an atypical body or facial difference


“Disability representation and leadership”

Contributions might:

- critique media representations of disability

- analyse depictions in popular culture, e.g. disabled superheroes and villains; whitewashing exploitation in The Greatest Showman? 

- discuss the importance of disability leadership and visibility within the community, in politics and government decisionmaking, on television, etc


“A diverse population”

Contributions might:

- consider diverse experiences of people with different types of disabilities

- assess the level of acceptance and understanding within the disability community of different disabilities, e.g. exploring ways to advance the inclusion of

- people with intellectual disability;

- people with autism or other forms of neurodivergence;

- people with psychosocial disabilities; or

- people with an acquired brain injury.

- explore experiences of living with invisible disabilities, and/or multiple disabilities with complex interactions  

- showcase how people think about/ individualise/ customise their wheelchair, mobility scooter, cane or other disability aid.



Contributions might:

- consider how your experiences of having a disability (or disabilities) intersect with your ethnicity, culture, race, gender and/or sexuality

- explore how disability services and systems could better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

- critique policies that fail to recognise or address (or even further embed) layered discrimination and disadvantage

- evaluate accessibility and inclusiveness at LGBTIQA+ venues/spaces in Canberra

- share perspectives from multicultural communities in Canberra and explore the experiences of people with disabilities from non-English speaking and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

- explore age and disability – are the experiences and perspectives of young and/or ageing people with disabilities marginalised?


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