My name is Dr David Bolt and I am Associate Professor of Disability and Education and Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. I have a lifelong interest in culture and the appreciation of diversity.
In particular my work focuses on representations of disability, a subject that I approach from an embodied position insofar as I have both sensory and physical impairments myself. In relation to Considering Disability I have an executive role that is informed by my experience as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (JLCDS), and it is on this that I have been invited to write JLCDS is a relatively young publication, but it has already achieved a great deal. It was founded in 2006 as an online biannual journal that would bring disability studies to literary theory and criticism. It had no institutional backing at the time but nonetheless attracted a number of internationally-recognised scholars to form the editorial board. It was launched in 2007 at the inaugural Conference of the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network, Liverpool John Moores University. Within a couple of years it was under contract with Liverpool University Press, part of the esteemed Project MUSE collection, available in print as well as online formats, and expanded from two to three issues per year. It found a temporary institutional home in 2008 at the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, before moving in 2009 to its permanent base in the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University. It is now approaching its tenth anniversary and in 2017 will mark the start of its second decade by becoming a quarterly.
In its first decade of publication, JLCDS has provided a venue for much cutting edge work. It includes peer-reviewed articles, comments from the field, and book reviews, and is published in general and special issues. The specials thus far are Disability and/as Poetry (guest edited by Jim Ferris); Disability and the Dialectic of Dependency (Michael Davidson); The Representation of Cognitive Impairment (Lucy Burke); Blindness and Literature (Georgina Kleege); Deleuze, Disability, and Difference (Petra Kuppers and James Overboe); Ablenationalism and the Geo-Politics of Disability (Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell); Disabling Postcolonialism: Global Disability Cultures and Democratic Criticism (Clare Barker and Stuart Murray); Representing Disability and Emotion (Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast); Disability and Life Writing (G. Thomas Couser); Popular Genres and Disability Representation (Ria Cheyne); Disability and Native American/Indigenous Studies (Siobhan Senier and Clare Barker); Disability, Humour and Comedy (Tom Coogan and Rebecca Mallett); Cripistemologies (Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer); Disability and the American Counterculture (Stella Bolaki and Chris Gair); and Disability and visual culture (Alice Hall and Tobin Siebers). In all this interdisciplinary work I am greatly indebted to the editorial board of fifty scholars, of whom the vast majority are full professors. With their support I am confident that our second decade can be even stronger than the first.
David Bolt is Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Education, Course Leader on the Disability Studies MA, and Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He is Founder of the International Network of Literary and Cultural Disability Scholars, and his work in disability studies has been widely recognised in both the humanities and the social sciences.