The wide spectrum of articles in this Spring 2018 issue reflect the past, present, and future of Disability Studies. That is, they build on the questions and issues with which we as a field have wrestled in the past; they reflect our current intellectual and activist concerns; and they point to strengths, commitments, and matters with which we need further engagement. Indeed, each, in various ways, push at the boundaries and constituencies of "we as a field." Taken as a whole they reflect Disability Studies Quarterly's commitment to a transnational travel of scholarship and activism, which we only hope grows and expands in the coming decade. These articles also reflect DSQ's commitment to the necessity and complexity of living, breathing, and doing work with an attention to the intersections of power and oppression. Disability Studies is, at its center, a way to practice intersectionality. And, as with everything and always, woven throughout this issue is the reality that there is work yet to be done.

Our section "Coming Out, Staying In" plays with the boundaries of geography and identity. "Disability Disrupted/Rethinking Disability" provides divergent examples of the ways by which people with disabilities claim and resist disability identities proffered in film, literature, language, and humor. Finally, "Living Disabled/Disabled Lives" examines more concretely the lives of people with disabilities in Kuwait, in relationship, in the law, and in campus communities. This section includes the essay of Lydia X. Z. Brown, the 2017 recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies.

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