Dear reader:

It is with great pleasure and humility that we bring you this first general issue since the DSQ, with the support and encouragement of the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies, issued a temporary moratorium on all new submissions to the journal. Nearly one year ago, we, the interim managing team, with the assistance of the brilliant and indefatigable Melanie Schlosser, assumed daily operations of DSQ. Upon examining the tremendous backlog of manuscripts, it became immediately apparent that — as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson noted in her 2013 American Quarterly review essay — disability studies has emerged. The breadth and depth of the manuscripts in the queue and the sheer number of submissions to the journal lent strong testimony to the vibrancy and interdisciplinarity of the field. History, literature, philosophy, education, technology, media, cultural, and policy studies, and many other areas of inquiry were represented, as were dozens of geographic locations. Almost immediately themes began to emerge among the manuscripts around central questions and concerns that seem to animate researchers, activists, and artists from around the world — the body, community, communication, spatiality, relationality, temporality, technology, family, and friendship. It is our hope that the seven articles and nine reviews in this issue provide a sampling of this rich body of work. As always, we are ever thankful to Melanie Schlosser at the OSU libraries, and to our newest member of the team, Ingrid Schneider. We are most thankful to you, our readers, and to our patient and cooperative authors and reviewers. We are happy to leave the DSQ in the extremely capable hands of Kim Nielsen and Allyson Day.


Mike Rembis and Tanja Aho

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