1. CFP: ‘VariAbilities III: The Same Only Different?’, London, 6-7 June 2017

    Posted on October 26th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    VariAbilities III: The Same Only Different?

    Location: Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E

    Date: Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th June 2017

    In the third iteration of the Variabilities Series, we will take stock of the academic work done on the “body” in “history”.

    When we study the “Body” should we restrict ourselves to impaired bodies or make comparisons with sports bodies? Or should a conference discussing the body entertain papers on both impaired and sports bodies?

    When we consider “history” we must ask ourselves when did history begin, and has it ended? Variabilities III is casting its nets as widely as possible, with no methodological assumptions, beginning or end dates, with as wide scope for dialogue as possible.

    Come and tell us what the “body” in “history” means to you.

    For accessibility purposes we welcome Skype Presentations.

    Please send your proposal (300 words) by November 30th 2016 to:

    chris.mounsey@winchester.ac.uk and stan.booth@winchester.ac.uk


  2. Research Funding: ‘Impact of First World War on Medicine and Healthcare’, Worcester Medical Museums

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Research Bursary: Impact of First World War on Medicine and Healthcare

    Researcher to be appointed in October 2016. Project to be complete by September 2017.
    This is a paid research opportunity.

    Project Details

    Worcester’s Medical Museums are looking for a Researcher to study the impact of the First World War on developments in medicine and healthcare in Worcestershire (and beyond). This will include the areas and disciplines of medicine covered in displays at both museums, to include (but not limited to): Home Medicine, Medical Science, Surgery, Anaesthetics, War surgery, and First Aid. The Researcher will have access to Worcester Medical Museums’ collection of objects, books and photographs, and archives held at The Hive. The Researcher will theme and edit their findings for printing in a mini publication, and for display on a pop-up banner to be toured. To view our previous research publication about the story of the first female Resident Medical Officer at Worcester Infirmary, go to http://medicalmuseum.org.uk/research-2.

    This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and part of the larger Worcestershire World War 100 partnership with heritage organisations and attractions in Worcestershire. The found research will enable us to share the broader picture of developments in medicine and healthcare during this time, and enable visitors to comment on the subject matter through social media, display panels at the George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary, and the ‘Debating Space’ at The Infirmary. We will also publish the findings in a mini booklet available both online and in print.


    The Researcher will have regular supervision sessions with Dr. Frank Crompton, Associate Fellow at the University of Birmingham Centre for the History of Medicine, and longstanding PhD supervisor for the University of Worcester.

    To Apply

    To apply for this role please send a current CV and sample of your writing no longer than 2 sides A4 from a completed research document (e.g. dissertation, essay, published article) to Mark Macleod, Head of The Infirmary at m.macleod@worc.ac.uk or The Infirmary, University of Worcester, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3AS by 12pm on Friday 21st October, 2016 with appointment before the end of October.

  3. CFP: Special Issue of RHM, ‘Disability and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Special Issue: ‘Disability and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’, Reproductive Health Matters

    Deadline: 30th Nov 2016

    The forthcoming issue of RHM, which is produced in partnership with CREA, and co-edited with Janet Price and Renu Addlaka, is aimed at shedding light on the population of people with disabilities, focusing on their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This is a subject that is slowly emerging from a private world of neglect and exclusion into public discourse and policy.

    More than 15% of the world’s population are affected by disability, which include physical or sensory impairments, intellectual disability, as well as psychosocial disability. While persons with disability have equal rights and sexual and reproductive desires and hopes as non-disabled people, society has disregarded their sexuality and reproductive concerns, aspirations and human rights. The topic of SRHR has also been largely overlooked by the disability rights movement and neglected in policy, planning and service delivery by social, health and welfare services.

    Within this thematic issue, we intend to provide an arena for original research, personal experiences and critical analyses that address the current situation and future potential in sexuality and SRHR of people with disabilities. The issue will concentrate on three areas:

    1. Rights, justice and aspirations of people with disabilities

    Sexual and reproductive health and rights of people with disabilities continue to be contested, and there are particular concerns in relation to women with disabilities. Analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) negotiations demonstrates how rights were downgraded to focus on family life, resulting in no mentions of sexuality, sexual integrity or agency, or non-heteropatriarchal approaches and identities. However, debates and campaigns are emerging, recognising people with disabilities as sexual beings with equal rights to aspirations for sexual desire, intimacy, love, relationships and sexual and reproductive choices. Activism has resulted in positive movement at regional level, although in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals, it achieved limited impact. There is a need for analysis of the success and failures of activism in relation to policy creation and its implementation. Societies are moving at different rates in recognising SRHR of people with disabilities. As people with disabilities gain increasing agency and control in other areas of their lives, it is essential to understand the context and outcomes of demands for choice over sexuality and relationships and how these emerge in relation to diversity and equality in the struggle for personal freedoms and a better quality of life.

    2. Inequitable structures and access

    Access is a complex process, dependent on multiple factors and hampered by poverty, stigma and discrimination, inaccessible environments and communications, and absence of meaningful engagement of people with disabilities in decision making and service delivery. Neoliberalism and austerity measures also impact access to personal and institutional SRHR resources, a careful examination of which is highly warranted. War, ongoing conflict and environmental disasters further cause instability, and result in an increase in the numbers of people with disabilities. For women, disability often means being suddenly displaced, excluded from a life of femininity, partnership, active sexuality and often denied the opportunities for motherhood. In the context of refugees and displaced populations, people with complex impairments may be left behind without support. In this context, vulnerability increases the levels of sexual violence towards both women and men, resulting in sexual and reproductive trauma —an unacknowledged form of disability —that cause stigma and isolation. These are crucial, yet rarely debated challenges in the respect, protection and fulfilment of SRHR.

    3. Personal experiences, identity and intersectionality

    Prejudice around disability and sexuality have resulted in poor documentation of local and cultural factors that shape personal shame and construct challenges in developing sexual confidence and establishing relationships. There is limited research on how cultural attitudes affect people with disabilities in search of sexual relationships, desire to express sexual orientation and gender identity, the negotiation of which is almost always counter to collective norms of heterosexuality, marriage and family.

    While sexual violence towards people with disabilities is moderately well documented and human rights violations in this regard are well recognised, crucial analysis of personal context and gender dynamics, including the dynamic between disability and feminist activism, are limited. There is little data about interactions and alliances across movements around disability and sexuality rights despite the emergence of coalitions, courses and research developed transversally in various regions, initiatives that have a growing global reach.

    Call for Papers – What and When?

    For this issue of Reproductive Health Matters, we are inviting articles that contribute towards building a knowledge base that can inform policy and practice and offer a better understanding of the connection and intersection of SRHR and disability. We welcome analytical pieces, critical perspectives and contextual analysis on SRHR of people with disabilities, addressing the broad outlines given here. We encourage original research articles, and policy and human rights analysis and we will consider reviews, commentaries, viewpoints and critical perspectives. Submission of photo or video articles illustrating positive dimensions of the topic is encouraged. We warmly welcome narratives from people with disabilities, as well as contributions from low- and middle income countries and from activists and actors promoting SRHR for people with disabilities.

    Across these areas, we welcome analytic approaches to discursive strategies of change related to the subject. Apart from that already outlined, other potential topics include:

    • What are people with disabilities’ experiences of: pleasure and managing violence; establishing relationships and fulfilling their SRHR; challenging prejudice; and negotiating the influence of intersectional factors, e.g., shared disability, gender, ethnicity, and educational status?
    • Between who and where are relationships established by people with disabilities, how are these experienced, and how do they vary socio-culturally and from the human rights perspective?
    • What are the responses to the desire for comprehensive sexuality information, sexuality education and services, including sexual assistance for people with disabilities?
    • How is the exclusionary power of shame exacerbated and accompanied by violence in times of crisis and shifting socio-economic power, e.g., elections, coups, war, economic crisis?
    Submissions accepted between 1 October and 30 November 2016

    Submit at http://ees.elsevier.com/rhm

    **Please carefully read submission guidelines before submissions.

  4. CFP: ‘Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship’, Oxford

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Location and date: University of Oxford, 24th March 2017

    Deadline: 30th November 2016

    “Two distinct and separate parties interact with one another – not one mind (the physician’s), not one body (the patient’s), but two minds and two bodies.”

    – Jay Katz, The Silent World of Doctor and Patient (1984)

    The doctor-patient relationship is the primary way that we experience medicine: we go to the doctor when we are may be sick, or are scared of becoming sick. Healthcare is constructed around encounters between practitioners and patients, and the relationship between them is integral to how medicine is practised, experienced, and represented around the world. It may be paternalistic or a partnership of equals, underpinned by acts of care and compassion or negligence and abuse.

    This one-day symposium organised by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) will explore the different ways in which encounters between medical practitioners and patients have been imagined or conceptualised across different historical and cultural contexts.

    How has our understanding of these interactions been affected by factors such as scientific and technological advances, urbanisation, and increased patient demand? By interrogating these idiosyncratic and complex personal and professional relationships, how can we better understand broad themes, such as the professionalisation of medicine or the politics of identity? The doctor often tells us a great deal about the patient: but what can the patient tell us about the doctor?

    We encourage proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars with an interest in medical humanities working across different disciplines, e.g. arts, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. While papers on the history of medicine in British and North American contexts are welcome, we would also like to hear from scholars working in languages other than English, and on areas of the world beyond Britain and North America.

    Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

    • Representations of practitioners and patients in literature, visual arts, and film;
    • Different types of medical practitioners, e.g. nurses, dentists, midwives;
    • History of emotions: the affect of the medical encounter;
    • Whose voice? Patient narratives and case histories;
    • Living with diseases of the age: nervous attacks, melancholia, hysteria, shell-shock;
    • Doctors, patients and identity politics: gender, sexuality, race, class;
    • Professionalisation, power and authority;
    • Experiencing and/or practising colonial, imperial, and indigenous medicine;
    • Medical encounters in the institution: hospitals, workhouses, prisons, asylums;
    • Psychiatry and mental health;
    • Medicine, the state, and its citizens;
    • The material culture surrounding doctor-patient relationships.

    Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and a short biography should be included in addition. Please submit them by email to Sarah Jones (Oriel College, Oxford) and Alison Moulds (St Anne’s, Oxford) by 30 November 2016.

    The symposium is funded by TORCH through a Medical Humanities Programme Grant and the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project Constructing Scientific Communities.

  5. CFP: ‘The Intersections of Disability and Science Fiction’, Special Issue of JLCDS

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

    Special issue: The Intersections of Disability and Science Fiction

    Guest editors: Ria Cheyne (Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University) and Kathryn Allan (Independent Scholar, Canada)

    “No other literary genre comes close to articulating the anxieties and preoccupations of the present day as clearly and critically as SF, making it a vital source of understanding advances in technology and its impact on newly emerging embodiments and subjectivities, particularly for people with disabilities.”

    –Kathryn Allan, Disability in Science Fiction

    Reflecting the status of science fiction as a genre that spans multiple mediums and audiences, this special issue of JLCDS seeks articles that explore the intersection(s) of science fiction, disability, and disability studies. What possibilities might science fiction or science fiction theory offer to disability activists and the field of disability studies? How might disability theory, or a disability-informed approach, enrich or transform our understanding of science fiction as a genre or as a mode of thought?

    Topics might include, but are not limited to:

    • Representations of disability in science fiction literature, comics/graphic novels, film, art, music, video games, or television, and their implications for our understanding of genre and/or disability.
    • Science fiction fan culture (including conventions, fanfic and other forms of fan production).
    • Science fiction and prosthesis.
    • Science fiction and eugenics/genetic engineering.
    • Science fiction and the posthuman.
    • Accessibility and science fiction environments.
    • The political and ethical consequences of imagining future worlds with or without disability.
    • The figure of the alien or cyborg in science fiction and/or disability theory.
    • Disability and queerness in science fiction.
    • Disability and indigenous futures in science fiction.
    • Science fiction, disability, and medical humanities.
    • The influence of disability activism on professional or fan-based science fiction production.

    Submissions that consider how disability intersects with other identity categories are particularly encouraged. The guest editors welcome contributions from independent scholars.

    Please email a 500 word proposal to cheyner[at]hope[dot]ac[dot]uk and kathryn[at]academiceditingcanada[dot]ca by15th March 2017. Contributors can expect to be notified by 26th April 2017. Full drafts of the selected articles will be due by 6th December 2017. Please direct any questions to either guest editor.

  6. Lecture: Prof. Tom Shakespeare, ‘Disability and Diversity: Taking the Twin Track to Inclusion’, Edinburgh Napier

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Disability and Diversity: taking the twin track to inclusion
    Professor Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, Norwich Medical School

    Tuesday 25 October 2016
    Lyndsey Stewart Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

    Lecture begins at 5.30pm followed by refreshments

    How much is required to enable disabled people to participate fully and flourish? Other equality campaigns demand a level playing field. But is removing barriers enough to ensure all disabled people succeed, given the diversity of disability? Prof. Shakespeare has broad experience in health, education, employment, and has worked in the UK and in developing countries. He will draw on his academic, policy and practice experience to explore what it takes to achieve equality.

    This ARISE lecture is a feature of Edinburgh Napier’s Inclusivity Week. For more information and to register for other events visit the Inclusivity Week website.

  7. Lecture: ‘Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart’, Edinburgh

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart, Edinburgh Napier

    Tuesday 11 October 2016, 16:00 – 18:00

    The Royal College of Nurses is hosting Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart as part of our centenary programme and we would be delighted if you would be able to join us.

    In October 1916, the Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital was requisitioned as a war hospital for the British army. The hospital treated officers suffering from psychological trauma: most famously poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Catherine Walker, curator of the War Poets Collection (Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus) will give a history of the hospital for the centenary of its founding. Following on from this, Dr Alison O’Donnell (RCN History of Nursing Society) will explore the key role which the nursing staff of Craiglockhart undertook whilst caring for their patients, with Dr Claire Chatterton offering an insight into the impact that the effects of the First World War had on the men who served.

    The event is free and open to the public, so please do also circulate the event information to your networks. To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

  8. Conference: Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies, London (UCL)

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies: A One day International Conference

    Location: UCL Health Humanities Centre / Institute of Advanced Studies

    Date: 15th October 2016

    Suspended between science, medicine, religion, art and philosophy, the advent of modern psychotherapies represents one of the distinctive features of 20th-century Western societies, and they are increasing being exported to the rest of the world. However, their historical study glaringly lags behind their societal impact and the role they play in contemporary mental health policies. In recent years, a small but significant body of work has arisen studying histories of psychotherapies in discrete local contexts throughout the world, which is expanding and reframing our knowledge of them. However, little has been done to draw this work together within a comparative setting, and to chart the intersection of these connected histories and transcultural networks of exchange of knowledge and healing practices. This conference takes up these questions, through drawing together scholars working on histories of psychotherapies in Brazil, Europe, Japan, the UK and the US.

    10.30 – 11.00am Registration/coffee

    11.00 – 11.15am Professor Sonu Shamdasani (chair) (UCL) Introduction

    11.15 – 12.00pm Dr. Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow) Miracles of Healing: Scottish Psychotherapy

    12.00 – 12.45pm Dr. Rachael Rosner (Independent Scholar, Boston, USA) Charting Virtues in Philadelphia: The Enlightenment Journey of Aaron T. Beck’s Cognitive Therapy

    12.45 – 2.15pm Lunch

    2.15 – 3.00pm Professor Cristiana Facchinetti (Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Civilizing the Brazilian People through Psychotherapeutics: the case of the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene (1921-1945)

    3.00 – 3.45pm Dr. Sarah Marks (Birkbeck College) Therapeutic dissidence? Legacies of psychoanalysis and phenomenology in Cold War Czechoslovakia

    3.45 – 4.15pm Tea/coffee

    4.15 – 5.00pm Professor Akihito Suzuki (Keio University, Tokyo, Japan) Family, Hospital and Psychotherapies: Cases from Tokyo in the Early Twentieth Century

    5.00 – 5.45pm Dr. Christopher Harding (University of Glasgow) Buddhism, Christianity, and Psychotherapy: A Three-Way Conversation in the Mid-Twentieth Century

    Location: Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

    Register at http://ucltranshistpsych.eventbrite.co.uk.

    Tickets: £30; Registered Students (bring proof of ID) £20; UCL staff/student (with UCL ID) free.

    Sponsored by the UCL Global Engagement Office.

  9. Postdoctoral Associates (2 positions), Medical Humanities, Rutgers University

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ

    Call for Applications, 2017-18

    Postdoctoral Associate (2 positions)

    The Medical Humanities is an emerging field that explores the relationship between culture and society, on the one hand, and medical science and clinical practice, on the other. A growing body of scholarship in this area approaches the experience of embodiment, health, illness, and medical treatment as a question rather than a given.

    For the 2017-18 CCA seminar, we plan to gather those who share our interest in exploring what becomes possible when the realms currently governed by “the medical” and “the humanities” are allowed to intersect and overlap: faculty and graduate fellows, medical professionals, artists, and distinguished guests.

    Topics of interest will include but are not limited to the history of disease, illness, health, and care; the visual culture of medicine; disability studies; medical narratives of all kinds, including scientific narratives; race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the study of health and illness; global health; and the classification and treatment of mental health.

    The seminar will meet approximately once every two weeks for three hours on Wednesday afternoons over the course of the 2017-18 academic year.  We will read and discuss scholarship related to the medical humanities, and members will circulate and present work-in-progress.  In addition, distinguished guests will visit the seminar to discuss current projects and share insights and expertise.

    In 2017-18, CCA will sponsor two external postdoctoral associates. Postdoctoral Associates will receive a $45,000 salary, health benefits, and a private office in the new Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. During the course of the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates teach one undergraduate course in a relevant department within the School of Arts and Sciences, which is arranged through the CCA. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the 2017-18 academic year.

    All materials must be uploaded to the Interfolio system by 9th Jan. 2017. Please direct all inquiries about this search to admin@cca.rutgers.edu.


    All requirements for the PhD must be completed by 1st August 2017.

    Application Instructions:

    Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a detailed proposal for an advanced undergraduate course that you would like to teach. For more details, visit the job posting.

  10. CFP: ‘Cripping Care: Care Pedagogies and Practices’, Special issue of The Review of Disability Studies

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Hannah Tweed

    The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) seeks proposals for the special forum “Cripping care: Care pedagogies and practices”. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st November 2016. Full manuscripts should be submitted to the Special Guest Editors, Dr. Patty Douglas, Dr. Carla Rice, and Dr. Christine Kelly atdouglasp@brandonu.cacarlar@uoguelph.ca or christine.kelly@umanitoba.ca.

    Please indicate that your proposal is for consideration of the special forum upon submission. Papers considered for inclusion should be approximately 6000 words, and may take the form of critical, academic, multimedia and creative works about disability and care as well as reflections on care’s varied pedagogical aspects and international scope.

    Topics and questions related to disability and care pedagogies may include:

    • Cripping care: Disability studies approaches to care
    • Ethics of care
    • Disability care ethics
    • Caring in health/social care encounters
    • Care in long-term and home care systems, policies and programs
    • Disabled teachers and disability as teacher
    • Pedagogies of care
    • Phenomenologies of care
    • Caring under austerity and neoliberalism
    • Disabled health care providers and disabled caregivers
    • Regulating care: Vulnerability, autonomy and notions of the human in legal and policy regimes governing care
    • The entanglement of care and violence (including medical trauma, violence in/of cure, institutional violence, colonial violence, structural violence, as well as physical, sexual and other normative forms of violence)
    • Caring and cared for bodies: inter- and intracorporealities
    • Speaking back to regimes of biomedical care and biopedagogies of care
    • Post-humanism and pedagogies of care
    • Interspecies intimacies
    • Relationalities: Intersubjective, familial and kinship care
    • Innovative approaches to care
    • Care beyond carceral spaces (i.e., institutional warehousing, long-term care, group homes, asylums)
    • Caring as a pedagogy of possibility, for example, improvisation, creativity
    • Care phenomenologies and pedagogies of time
    • Intersectionality in care encounters and contexts
    • Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and care pedagogies and practices
    • Affect, disability and care pedagogies
    • Research ethics and pedagogies of care
    • Disability justice and the political economy of care

    Submissions to this special issue will undergo a process of peer-review. Authors will be notified of whether their papers will be invited for consideration in the forum by 1st December 2016. Final manuscripts are due 1st March 2017. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the RDS website at www.rds.hawaii.edu for more information about the journal and its formatting guidelines. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their paper and to subscribe to the journal. Please note that acceptance of an abstract or initial acceptance of an article does not guarantee publication in RDS. RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions or want to submit, please contact douglasp@brandonu.ca, carlar@uoguelph.ca or christine.kelly@umanitoba.ca.