Forthcoming Series: Bodies & Abilities in Culture, Literature, and the Arts


Edited by Meindert Peters, University of Oxford, UK

This book series explores human physical abilities and their imaginaries in culture, literature, and the arts. What counts as an ability, and whose abilities count? What abilities are valued, supported, and celebrated in which settings? Which and whose abilities are ignored? And what makes a disability? Bodies & Abilities in Culture, Literature, and the Arts publishes high-quality research exploring these and other questions about the various social and aesthetic meanings of physical skill as it pervades historical and cultural imaginaries.

This series brings together monographs and edited volumes exploring the large range of human physical abilities and disabilities, skilful performances and failures, and the social and material worlds that aid and impede these, in culture, literature, and the arts across the globe.

We invite texts demonstrating how various disciplines and new theoretical and methodological paradigms add critical understanding to our bodily activity and passivity and their place in our cultures. We especially welcome monographs and themed volumes exploring how human abilities, and our perception of these, intersect with questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

All submissions are subject to a double-anonymous peer review process prior to publication.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Iulia Ivana or Masja Horn. Please advise our Guidelines for a Book Proposal.

ISSN: 2950-2314


This series is aimed at scholars working in a variety of Arts and Culture disciplines, including but not limited to Dance Studies, (Comparative) Literary Studies, Cultural (Sports) Studies, and Art History, as well as those working in the Health and Medical Humanities more broadly.

Editorial Board

  • Amanda Cachia, Independent curator and critic, Australia
  • Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University, India
  • Younghan Cho, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
  • Kelina Gotman, King’s College London, UK
  • Conor Heffernan, Ulster University, UK
  • Stefanie Heine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Fraser Riddell, Durham University, UK
  • Samantha Noelle Sheppard, Cornell University, USA
  • Yvonne Schmidt, Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, Switzerland
  • Sophie Witt, Universität Hamburg, Germany