This afterword to this special issue of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, entitled ‘For an Anthropology of Cognitive Disability’, explores the intersections of disability studies and ethnographic research on cognitive difference. We offer a brief scholarly genealogy, discuss how these articles provide recognition for ‘the disarticulate’, and consider how anthropologists working on this subject might contribute to an ethics of possibility.
Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp are both Professors in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Disability Studies at New York University. The recipients of multiple grants and awards and authors of books and articles on their own, together they edited Conceiving the New World Order: The Global Politics of Reproduction (California, 1995) and wrote over twenty articles including ‘Disability Worlds’ in The Annual Review of Anthropology (2013). They are currently writing a book with that title based on a decade of ethnographic research.