The essay is titled ‘Una Vida Sin Palabras?: Disability, Subalternity and the Sandinista Revolution'. The essay presents a reading of the documentary film La Vida Sin Palabras, which explores the endeavour to teach sign language to three deaf siblings from a rural area of Nicaragua.

Dr Burke and Dr Rudman explore the ways in which the film re-enacts the perceived political failings of the Sandinista Revolution and fails to trouble the dominant liberal political narratives of popular cultural representation. In the essay, they argue that this is tied to the interpellation of a particular audience (educated and metropolitan) whose privileged position is never questioned within the film. We will also consider various critical constructions of subaltern identities in the context of disability studies in order to argue that these raise important questions about the political objectives of disability studies itself.

Disability and the Global South is the first peer reviewed international journal, which publishes high quality work focused exclusively on all aspects of the disability experience in the global South. It provides an interdisciplinary platform for material that is critical, challenging, and engaging from a range of epistemological perspectives and disciplines.

The essay received fantastic reviewer comments, with one describing it as “a truly excellent, informed, and stimulating article written with deep sensitivities to issues and discourses of coloniality flowing through multiple practices" a wonderful and major resource for scholarship in the field.

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Friday, 29th April 2016