Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heads Up, Call For Submissions

Detailed call coming soon. Use this space to ask questions to prime the pump as our editorial collective works on this detailed call.

But we are going to have a forum in which we find out what the idea/practice/etc of neuroqueer means to everyone who sees the call and has thoughts and feelings about it and cares to write about what it means. We'll publish submissions in a sort of orderly form at a given time and people can comment on each other's ideas.

There are some reasons for this. I'll say a lot more, but not just yet.

Right now, I'll say two things about it:

The first is, as I said when I started this blog, it is important to my definition that other people's definitions matter and are valid. Otherwise, we're not doing it right.

The second is-- and it's why I'm jumping the gun and writing a clear, ringing heads up before the real call-- the second is I heard that some people still think "neurodiversity" is some kind of autistic thing, and so by extension, so is neuroqueer, because of the neuro.

Well, that sounds to me kind of like saying plain old (non-neuro) "diversity" is some kind of Black thing. I realize people do say that, and I equally think they should not.

So let me dispell that myth in ways that I guess my earlier essays did not do.

Neurodiversity is not autistic.  In another context, a few of us wrote this litany, to which we keep adding: "mad, developmentally disabled, learning disabled, autistic, intellectually disabled, mentally disabled, brain injured, and neuro-muscularly disabled people, including those with conditions like epilepsy and migraine..." -- see where I'm going with this?  Things that have to do with your brain are neuro.  

Now that we have that cleared up (in my dreams) be thinking what neuroqueer may mean to you, because we are about to call for art, poetry, scholarly and experiential articles, creative non fiction, op eds, cultural commentary pieces, you name it. On that topic. To expand the definition and blow our collective chaotic hivemind.



  1. I would like to think (and possibly write) about Elizabeth Moon's book The Speed of Dark, and my experiences teaching it in First year Writing, and my experiences having an LD child. All mixed into a piece of literary criticism/creative nonfiction. My favorite scholarly mashup.