1. PGR Workshop: ‘Interdisciplinarity in Practice: Medical Humanities Research’, Leeds

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    The University of Leeds warmly invites participants for a one-day workshop addressing the scholarly challenges and collaborative opportunities surrounding postgraduate research in the medical humanities.

    Increasing numbers of postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines are undertaking work on human health, wellbeing, disease, and the body that entails interdisciplinary approaches. Conducting PhD research across disciplinary boundaries offers significant opportunities for innovative scholarship, but it can also present practical and intellectual challenges for those at the earlier stages of their academic careers.

    This workshop, supported by the AHRC, will bring together postgraduate students in the medical humanities for interactive sessions and open discussion on research skills and professional career development in the field. Session leaders include Dr Emily T. Troscianko (Oxford), Dr Victoria Bates (Bristol), Dr Sam Goodman (Bournemouth), Dr James Stark (Leeds) and Dr Catherine Oakley (Leeds), with a keynote address from Professor Jane Macnaughton (Durham).

    The workshop takes place on Thursday 7th September, University of Leeds, 11am – 6pm. For more details and the application process, see here. Please address any queries to Dr James Stark.

  2. CFP (artwork and creative writing), Asylum Magazine

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Call for Submissions from Helen Spandler, Asylum Magazine

    Asylum, the magazine for democratic psychiatry is looking for creative submissions to publish in its quarterly publication. These can include creative writing, artwork, cartoons, photographs, ad spoofs etc.  Images can be colour and/or black and white. Ideally we are looking for creative artwork with a critical mental health theme. There is no specific deadline.  Images should be high quality resolution (for printing purposes).

    For more information about the magazine see: http://www.asylumonline.net/

    For more details please contact Helen Spandler: hspandler@uclan.ac.uk

    Please send submissions to: editors@asylumonline.net

  3. New MH Publications and Book Launch, Glasgow

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Lena Wanggren’s Gender, Technology and the New Woman has just been published, including two chapters on medical women. The book  treats the protofeminist figure of the New Woman by focusing on specific technologies of the time, with two chapters concerning women in late nineteenth-century medical modernity: they deal with the New Style nurse (chapter 4) and the female doctor (chapter 5) respectively. There are readings of novels like Grant Allen’s nurse novel Hilda Wade, and female doctor novels like Arabella Kenealy’s Dr Janet of Harley Street and (Scottish writer and doctor) Margaret Todd’s Mona Maclean, Medical Student. Lena has a written a blog about the book, and the book itself is available here.

     

    Book Launch Event: Megan Coyer’s Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858

    Date: 3-5pm, Wednesday 31st May 2017

    Location: Edwin Morgan Room, 5 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

    Dr Megan Coyer is delighted to invite you to the launch of her monograph, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858. There will be a special launch discount (£35, reduced from £70). This book is also available Open Access by visiting the book page on Edinburgh University Press website and clicking on the resources tab.

    Wine and nibbles will be provided – all welcome!

    Find out more at: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-literature-and-medicine-in-the-nineteenth-century-periodical-press.html.

  4. ECR Workshop: ‘Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    This  intensive 3-day workshop for early career researchers will take place Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Durham University, with the support of the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

    Work in the critical medical humanities brings together scholars from the arts, humanities, social and life sciences, health professionals, patient advocates, carers and experts by experience to pursue a deeper understanding of health and illness. The field is increasingly oriented towards inter- as well as multi-disciplinary practice, and to large-scale collaborations involving multiple stakeholder groups. Much has been written and said about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, broadly conceived. Yet there is surprisingly little discussion of how in practical terms this can and should be achieved, and even less about the roles, responsibilities and opportunities for ECRs in navigating the complexities not just of cross-disciplinary but also of cross-sector working. Particularly where questions of distress, disease, disability and health inequalities are to the fore, the frameworks and practices which bring people together require more than good intentions to be effective.

    This three-day intensive workshop will engage early career researchers who have some experience of working collaboratively in the medical humanities, whether in a research, community or public engagement context. Using a range of innovative formats which draw on the expertise of those assembled, we will interrogate what ‘best practice’ in collaborative medical humanities looks and feels like by exploring topics such as:

    • Understanding disciplinary commitments and conflicts
    • Techniques for the creative facilitation of meetings, seminars and workshops
    • Who does the work, who gets the credit?
    • Practical strategies for engaging clinical, patient and activist groups
    • Making sense of awkwardness, ambivalence and failure

    As well as giving participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of and, crucially, practical skills in working collaboratively, we hope that this workshop will help facilitate the creation of a dynamic and ultimately self-sustaining network of researchers working at the critical cutting edge of the field.

    Who’s involved?

    Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities will be led by Dr Angela Woods, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health/English Studies, University of Durham, and Mary Robson, Creative Facilitator, with confirmed contributions from:

    Practical Details

    • The workshop will run from 11am Monday 11 September – 2pm Wednesday 13 September 2017 at St Chad’s College, University of Durham. A follow-up day will be held at the Wellcome Trust in London on February 19 2018.
    • Applications for a place on the workshop are invited from early career researchers (broadly defined) working in any area of the medical humanities. We anticipate that academic applicants will be between 2-10 years post-PhD. Details about the application process, including a link to the online form, are available below.
    • There is no charge to participants to attend the workshop. Meals and college accommodation will be provided; however, participants must cover their own travel expenses. We will do our very best to accommodate all access requirements within the architectural limitations of Durham.
    • Following the workshop, participants will be encouraged to contribute to Working Knowledge – an online collection of practical resources for anyone interested in embarking on or funding interdisciplinary research.

    Application Process

    Applications are invited from early career researchers working in any area of the medical humanities or allied fields.

    To apply, please complete the CCMH Application Form and send it with a current CV to congress administrator Jane Abel by Friday 17 June 2017.

    Applicants will be selected by a project steering committee on the basis of their demonstrable commitment to collaborative working in the medical humanities and to ensure a mix of disciplines, areas of expertise, and career stages.

  5. CFP: Disability and the Emotions (Part 2), Liverpool Hope

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Disability and the Emotions: Part 2 of the seminar series hosted by the CCDS at Liverpool Hope University

    No crying in disability studies, that was the rule set by Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity in 1993, only to be broken a few years later by Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast at the 2000 MLA conference. In the decade that followed there was a proliferation of work on emotion, especially affect, which culminated in Donaldson and Prendergast’s Representing Disability and Emotion, a themed issue of JLCDS published in 2011. Since then the CCDS has engaged with the subject of emotion recurrently. Most recently, Ria Cheyne, Joanne Heeney, Margaret Price, Emma Sheppard, Chris Foss, and Michael Rembis all gave excellent seminars in the Disability and the Emotions series.

    If you would like to present a paper in this seminar series please send a proposal on or before July 16, 2017. The proposal should consist of a summary of your presentation (200 words max) and a biographical note (100 words max). If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation in the 2nd part of the seminar series (2017-2018). Proposals should be sent to: ccds@hope.ac.uk

  6. Disability Studies: Austerity and Precariousness Seminar Series Inaugural Colloquium, Dundee

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Date: 12-3.15pm, 6th June 2017

    Location: Dalhousie Building 2S14, University of Dundee

    You are invited to: Disability Studies: Austerity and Precariousness Seminar Series Inaugural Colloquium

    Sponsored by ‘(Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion research group’, School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee

    Disability studies is a scholarly movement that engages with interdisciplinary insights into the construction(s) of disability and ableist-normativity and what these dividing practices means for social policy, social care, legal regimes and biopolitics more generally. Precariousness ‘implies living socially, that is, the fact that one’s life is always in some sense in the hands of the other. It implies exposure both to those we know and to those we do not know; a dependency on people we know or know not at all’ (Butler, 2009, 14).

    Precariousness can be a significant measure of the efficacy of social policy and law. This seminar series will bring together researchers whose work focuses on the marginal, the aberrant, disabled people, displaced persons and the trans/categorically ‘othered’ to explore austerus, those ‘dry, harsh and sour’ landscapes of thinking about difference, variability and the increasing (re)turn to classifying populations creating inside and outwith zones of belonging and exclusion.

    RSVP through our Eventbrite page.

    (Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion

    (Dis)places: is a new grouping that goes by a name that is emblematic of its intended flexibility, critically and creative, without us taking ourselves too seriously. The ‘dis’ element, reflects, firstly, the School’s historical and continuing strengths in disability-related research – broadly defined. Bracketing it alongside ‘places’ draws attention to our interest in marginal spaces – physical, political, educational, cultural, economic, etc. – in which disabled people, as well as other groups and communities, find themselves. (Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion highlights the broad disciplinary base of our group – humanities, theology, social sciences (pure and applied), as well as making links with creative arts.

    Programme:

    12.00 Welcome/Chair by Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell (seminar coordinator, Co-convenor Displaces)

    12.15 Professor Marianne Hirschberg

    1.45 Dr Maria Norstedt

    2.15 Dr Elisabet Apelmo

    2.45 Q & A (audience & between panel)

    3.05 Closing remarks, Dr Murray K Simpson (Displaces co-convenor).

  7. CFP: ‘Dementia Lab 2017 – stories from design and research’, Dormund, Germany

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Date: 6th – 7th September 2017 (Dortmund, Germany)

    The theme for this year’s Dementia Lab is sharing the underlying questions that designers, researchers and educators face in their design process for and together with people with dementia.

    These questions vary from such practical challenges as recruiting persons with dementia to finding funding before a project begins or failing to have a method work as expected. Designers may struggle to find a way of communicating with people with dementia when words fail or have a hard time coping with the stress of dealing with people who are in constant mental and physical decline. Finally, once a design is made, designers and researchers often encounter resistance to the first iterations of the things designed or have difficulty integrating the designs into the routines of daily life and care.

    This second edition of the Dementia Lab event, wishes to support the sharing of these successes and failures by inviting contributions from designers and researchers who are designing for and together with persons with dementia.

    The event program is open for traditional contributions such as papers and workshop proposals. Additionally, there is the possibility to share experiences through stories as well as showcase the designs made for persons with dementia. The poster exhibition gives the opportunity to discuss preliminary ideas or share an experience in a poster format. Selected submissions will be published in the event proceedings.

    Deadline for submission: 12th June 2-17

    Notification of acceptance: beginning of July

    Dementia Lab event: 6th – 7th September 2017

    As the event is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fochhochschule Dortmund, the cost to attend is free. However, no more than 50 participants can attend. We have a travel support for students of up to 250 euro.

    Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks, LUCA School of Arts, Social Spaces, University of Leuven (Belgium). See www.dementialab.com for more info.

  8. CFP: ‘The Forgotten Other: Disability Studies and the Classical Body’, London

    Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    CFP: The Forgotten Other: Disability Studies and the Classical Body

    Location: Kings College London

    Date: 18th–19th June 2018

    Deadline: 31st July 2017

    Organisers:

    • Ellen Adams (Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kings College London)
    • Emma-Jayne Graham (Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University)

    The influence of the classical bodily ideal on Western notions of beauty has been vast. But what of the broken body, as so many classical marble sculptures have become? While philosophical explorations of the body and the senses may reference the ancient world as a starting point, there is generally little engagement with the sensory body that is impaired or progressively failing. If we are interested in the body, past or present, experienced or represented, we must look to what happens when it ‘breaks’ – the challenges posed and met, the hurdles overcome or un-surmounted, and the remarkable strategies adopted to mitigate any disabling effects of physical and sensory impairments – by both individuals and their societies. Studying the disabled in the ancient past has yet to engage with Disability Studies in a way comparable with other areas of identity politics, such as gender, sexuality and race. Classics, and its cognate disciplines, has nevertheless played a role in shaping the modern concepts of impairment and disability that form the basis of contemporary Disability Studies, and this relationship deserves further exploration.

    This conference seeks to explore shared ground by examining what modern debates concerning impairments and disabilities can add to our understanding of ancient bodies and identities. It will question why ‘non-normative’ bodies are so rarely brought into the mix by classicists, historians and archaeologists studying ancient social and cultural contexts, and how doing so can offer suggestive new ways of understanding the complex relationship between bodies, identities and divergent experiences of the world.

    We invite papers which explore these issues from the standpoint of both Classical Studies and Disability Studies (of all periods). Plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion and, where possible, the organisers hope to ‘pair up’ speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to encourage greater reflection on the synergies and differences of each approach. Free-standing papers will also be welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

    • The ableism inherent in the Humanities
    • Reference to the classical world and ancient thinkers in Disability Studies
    • ‘Fixing’ impairments (including aids)
    • The tension between ‘disabled’ and ‘unable’
    • The terminology of disabilities
    • Moving beyond etic objectification to the emic voice of the (impaired) person
    • The application of social, medical and interactional models to the classical world
    • Other approaches to treating disabilities (e.g. ritual)
    • The phenomenology of impairment, including movement and kinaesthesia
    • Sensory impairment and embodied experience
    • The disabled ‘beautiful body’ and the beautiful disabled body
    • Experiences of and attitudes towards progressive disabilities and sensory impairments.

    Confirmed speakers include: Patty Baker, Eleanor Betts, Lennard Davis, Jane Draycott, Edith Hall, Brian Hurwitz, Helen King, Christian Laes, Michiel Meeusen, Georgia Petridou, Tom Shakespeare, Michael Squire, Hannah Thompson.

    Papers should be 20 minutes in length and abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted to either Ellen Adams (Ellen.Adams@kcl.ac.uk) or Emma-Jayne Graham (Emma-jayne.graham@open.ac.uk) by 31st July 2017. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume. Funding may be available to support travel and accommodation for speakers where necessary.

  9. CFP: Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability, and the Media, London

    Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    CFP: Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability, and the Media

    Location: Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, London

    Date: 9am-6pm, 23rd June 2017

    Deadline: 28th April 2017

    This one-day conference seeks to explore representations of the body as strange, shameful, wrong, impaired, wounded, scarred, disabled, lacking, different or ‘other’ in contemporary media.

    The advent of digital media has underlined the importance of visual culture and our curiosity in representations of the body to form opinions about ourselves and others. Media portrayals of bodies can affect our lives because media are one of the primary agents of socialization (Moore and Kosut, 2010). Bodies we see in newspapers, on television and in our social media feeds are often made to appear perfect in order to conform to racialized and heteronormative ideals of what it means to be beautiful and normal in contemporary capitalist societies. Presentations of the body that are white, young, slim and productive have been critiqued from different fields in academia such as feminism, queer theory, disability studies, critical theory and postcolonial studies.

    The digital media landscape is posing new challenges to the study of body representation. The Internet and social media in particular have led to an increased representation and engagement with the body through practices such as selfies, webcamming, blogging, vlogging and so on. While digital media may contribute to an empowerment of excluded and silenced bodies, they may equally open up spaces of discrimination, threats, hatred, trolling and silencing online, as the #gamergate controversy or author Lizzie Velásquez’ self-presentation on social media have recently illustrated.

    A critical approach to representations of bodies and disability is therefore essential as a means of change (Bolt, 2014). This conference aims to develop a new understanding of disability and the media in the 21st century by establishing a dialogue between different scholars on the theme of body representations. In particular, we seek to formulate new questions to comprehend how the tension between non-digital and digital media is creating spaces for new ways of framing disabled bodies. How are new narratives being developed to recount diversity? What is their function? What is the relationship between representation of the body in news outlets and self-representation on social media? What are the epistemological opportunities the media could embrace in order to promote equality, health literacy and ultimately, a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be human?

    We encourage interdisciplinary paper presentations of 15 minutes that aim to explore how narratives and images of other bodies are constructed in the media and what their aesthetic, social, cultural, epistemological and political implications are.

    Themes

    Papers may draw on media and communication studies, as well as queer theory, disability studies, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, critical theory, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, literature, history, visual studies, anthropology, health communication, religious studies, medicine and philosophy.

    Possible themes include but are not limited to:

    • Researching bodies and the media: frameworks and methodologies
    • Journalism and practices of othering the body
    • The mediated body as spectacle
    • Celebrity bodies and the spectacles of transformation
    • The abject body
    • Stigma and the body
    • De-colonizing and de-westernising the mediated body
    • Neoliberalism, policy and austerity politics
    • (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
    • The objectification of the disabled body in the media
    • Contemporary coverage of disability in print/online/television/radio
    • Reality television and the body
    • Auto-ethnographic accounts of the body in / through digital media
    • The medicalised body in the media
    • Representing wounds and scars
    • Affective labour of bodies
    • The body and trauma

    This conference is part of the research project ‘Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print to Online’, led by Dr Diana Garrisi (University of Westminster) and Dr Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster), which is financed through the University of Westminster Strategic Research Fund.

    Invited speakers include Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy at the UK charity Changing Faces.

    How to submit papers

    Please send in abstracts of no longer than 500 words to both Jacob Johanssen (j.johanssen@westminster.ac.uk) and Diana Garrisi (d.garrisi2@westminster.ac.uk) by 28th April 2017.

    Conference attendance will be free and registration will open in late spring.

    We seek to provide an open and inclusive space for everyone.

  10. CFP: Care and Machines, Manchester

    Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    CFP: Care and Machines: an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies 

    Location: University of Manchester

    Date: 20th – 21st October 2017

    Deadline: 1st June 2017

    The event will provide researchers from a variety of fields with the opportunity to come together and to discuss and reflect upon what is meant by ‘care’ in a world characterised by increasingly intimate relationships with machines (of all shapes and sizes).

    The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prof Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield; Robot Wars);  Prof Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam); Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths University, London); Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente); and Nigel Ackland (public speaker on bionics and cyborgs). These discussions will explore care in contexts ranging from healthcare and mobile technologies, to prosthetics and dis/ability, to machines as companions, and sexual tools and partners. Researchers are invited to propose papers on these themes and other aspects of care to be presented at the conference.

    In order to explore critically the meaning, significance, and future of care and machines, contributors from a range of disciplines are invited to propose papers on a variety of topics. As an indicative guide, topics and questions that might be explored include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Methodological issues

    • What is ‘care’ in relation to other concepts such as wellbeing, trust, or altruism?
    • What do these reveal about our understandings of care and machines?
    • How can we discern or measure ‘care’ in a technological context?
    • What insights from the philosophy of technology can be applied, developed, or critiqued?

    Ethical issues

    • Do humans have a duty of care to one another?
    • Can/should this be technologically mediated?
    • Do humans have a duty of care to nonhumans, including machines and animals?
    • How do practices of care interact care and machines an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies between different nonhumans, i.e. can/should machines care for nature or animals?
    • What, if any, are the reciprocal demands on participants – human and machine – in caring relationships?

    Practices in contexts

    • What specific questions are raised by different examples of care and machines? (I.e. mobile devices and ubiquitous communication/data mining; companion robots and projection of emotion/replacement of relationships with other humans; machines in medicine and trust/prompting of new moral dilemmas such as switching off life machines; etc.)

    Disciplines, traditions and receptions

    • How do historical relationships influence our present and future attitudes to care in technological contexts?
    • How do depictions of technologies in fiction influence our attitudes to care and machines?
    • What religious attitudes would support or challenge practices of care with machines?

    Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short author bio (of approximately 100 words), to scott.midson@manchester.ac.uk. The closing date for proposals is 1st June 2017, and authors will be notified of decisions by 1st July. Prospective presenters should be aware of the diverse audience of this conference, and ensure that their papers are accessible to researchers from other fields and disciplines. This should be reflected in abstracts and proposals. This conference is part of the Living with and Loving Machines project at the Lincoln Theological Institute, The University of Manchester.

    Further information, as well as of the project that it is part of (‘Living with and Loving Machines’) and the Lincoln Theological Institute who are hosting the conference, can be found at the website: http://lincolntheologicalinstitute.com/care-and-machines/. Registration for the conference (for presenters and delegates) will open in June.

    Please feel free to circulate this CFP across your networks and to those you think may be interested in the themes of the conference.