Disability Studies Quarterly
Fall 2006, Volume 26, No. 4
Copyright 2006 by the Society
for Disability Studies

Editors' Preface

Editing DSQ has been a wonderfully rewarding experience. We are sharing that observation at this time because this issue is the final one of our three-year term. We have implemented a number of changes during our time as the co-editors: adding anonymously peer-reviewed research papers to its content; trying to improve its Web site accessibility for people who use screen readers; purchasing a distinct url, www.dsq-sds.org, to build awareness of the journal; adding its first international section and a section devoted to pedagogy; and at the request of the SDS Board, returning DSQ to being a journal that is a benefit of SDS membership or purchased by subscribers as a password-protected Web site. Also, with this issue we added a new page to the DSQ Web site that briefly chronicles the history of the journal.

It would be erroneous to leave the impression that we alone can claim credit for DSQ's accomplishments over the past three years, in terms of content as well as production. Some of the people responsible for making it all come together do have their names on the DSQ home page, but we want to highlight them here. This is especially important because, as many readers may not realize, none of those who work on DSQ get any financial remuneration. A massive portion of thanks must go to Sue Baglieri, whose work as Assistant Editor has covered the gamut from basic administrative tasks to the highest levels of input on complex policy decisions.

As co-editors, we expanded the types of reviews of materials with disability connections, with additions of reviews of TV shows and plays to accompany the numerous book, video, and film reviews. And we see in this issue particularly how this idea has taken off thanks primarily to our outstanding review editors, Katie LeBesco (Humanities) and Linda Long-Bellil (Social Science), who have shepherded the many reviews into the journal over the past three years. In this issue alone we offer you fully 22 reviews.

We also thank Johnson Cheu who joined the team about midway to serve as Poetry/Fiction editor. Editorial assistant Maria Molnar joined us in the past year to accomplish special tasks that could not have happened otherwise. Thanks also to the large group listed on the home page who comprise the Editorial Board.

Finally, one person behind-the-scenes deserves public thanks, in addition to traditional payment, for always going "above and beyond" in the interest of maximizing accessibility of the content for non-visual readers: Alec Haavik moves all of the content into its final Web-based format, enhancing the journal's appearance at the same time.

Turning to a quick scan of this issue, we have a number of thought-provoking general papers: Jahan Chowdhrury and Dermot Foley present data rarely considered in the Western Disability Studies world, that of the economic consequences of disability in an impoverished region of Bangladesh; David Church turns our attention to the little-studied intersection of rock music and disability; William Ebenstein brings to the psychology of disability the unusual perspective of Greek myth; coincidentally, his focus on the Hephaestus myth is echoed in a Commentary piece by Petra Kuppers (see below); Mike Gill explores the disabled male gaze in the film "Rory O'Shea was here;" and finally, Sharon Lamp's paper moves the reader from a spotlight on male-gendered perspective to a critique of feminist rhetorics of disability. Her paper merited the special recognition of the 2005 Irving K. Zola award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies.

In terms of commentaries, we include two "review essays": the first, a group effort by Kathy Jordan, Rachel Oppenheimer, Jean Wong and Carrie Snow, addressing the 2005 Encyclopedia of Disability, edited by Gary Albrecht et al.; the second, an essay by Allan Macurdy that was stimulated by the 2005 volume, Disability Rights, edited by Peter Blanck. Using the format of a "literary essay," Petra Kuppers provides a poetic response to Disability Culture poetry; finally, we have a provocative take on Disability Studies from Jerome Shapiro, someone new to the discipline who puts forth a warning that Disability Studies must not fall into a trap of marginalization in the U.S. academic world.

This issue also presents Part 2 of the Theme begun in the Summer 2006 issue on Religion and Spirituality. Guest Editors Gerry Hendershot and Nancy Eiesland had received so many quality submissions that, as had happened with several prior themes, we needed to spread the material over two issues. Three articles and one Commentary comprise the contributions found in Part 2.

In closing, we also use this preface to thank our numerous peer reviewers from 2006 who volunteered their time to make DSQ a rigorous, yet nurturing, scholarly journal. Our goal from the outset in instituting the peer review process was to create a type of mentoring relationship in which the peer reviewers' comments could guide authors to expand their thinking and thus improve their papers. The peer reviewers listed below have achieved excellence in developing this process, -- over and over authors tell us that the peer reviews helped them enhance their papers.

Beth Haller
Corinne Kirchner
DSQ Co-Editors, 2003-2006

2006 Peer Reviewers

Susan Baglieri, Long Island University - Brooklyn
Liat Ben-Moshe, Syracuse University
Jerome Bickenbach, Queen's University, Canada
Robert Bionaz, Chicago State University
Allison Carey, Shippensburg University
Michael Chemers, Carnegie Mellon University
Roy Chen, Michigan State University
David Church, San Francisco State University
Barry Cronin, Family Education Network
Ed Eames, California State University - Fresno
Joshua Eyler, University of Connecticut
Phil Ferguson, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Ann Fox, Davidson College
Gregory Fraser, University of W. Georgia
Susan Gabel, National - Louis University
Gerard Goggin, University of Queensland, Australia
Brian Grossman, University of California, San Francisco
Brent Hardin, University of Alabama
Marie Hardin, Penn State University
Katherine Hayword, Tarjan Center at University of California - Los Angeles
Brigida Hernandez, DePaul University
April Herndon, Gustavus College
Keith Johnston, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Maho Kasahara, Syracuse University
Deborah Kendrick, freelance writer
Stephen Kuusisto, Ohio State University
Katie LeBesco, Manhattan Marymount College
Gary Linn, Tennessee State University
Alex Lubet, University of Minnesota
Zana Luftiyya, University of Manitoba, Canada
Susan Magasi, University of Illinois - Chicago
Ravi Malhotra, University of Ottawa, Canada
Nicole Markotic, University of Calgary, Canada
David T. Mitchell, University of Illinois - Chicago
Mansha Parven Q.H. Mirza, University of Illinois-Chicago
Thomas Neuville, Millersville University
Andrew Roach, Vanderbilt University
Tobin Siebers, University of Michigan
Harvey Switzky, Northern Illinois University
Amy Wilson, Gallaudet University

Copyright (c) 2006 Beth Haller, Corinne Kirchner

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