Archive for December, 2013

  1. Disability Studies Postdoctorate Research Associate Position, University Of Sheffield

    Posted on December 20th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    Job Reference Number: UOS007678

    Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate

    Contract Type: Fixed term until 31st December 2016

    Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

    Department: School of Education

    Salary: Grade 7

    £28,972 – £36,661 per annum

    Closing Date: 8th January 2014

    This Post-doctorate Research Associate will work with Professors Dan Goodley and Elizabeth Wood and other colleagues across the Social Sciences, Humanities and Medicine, to develop a newly identified programme of inter-disciplinary research entitled ‘Transforming Disability, Culture and Childhood: Local, Global and Transdisciplinary Responses’. The successful post-holder will work with a number of academic colleagues in the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth to develop the theoretical, research and funding capabilities of a research programme comprised of three research strands:

    Strand 1: Early Years (birth-5 years) Disability Diagnoses: Cultural Perspectives, Beliefs and Experiences in the Early Years.

    Strand 2: Children (5-16 years) Disability Dealings: Working with Children as Critical Practitioners.

    Strand 3: Young People (16 – 24 years) Disability Discourses: Analysing Emotionality and Psychologisation.

    Applicants should hold a good first degree and a PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and have experience of undertaking qualitative research and a good track record of publications. Previous experience and skills in inter-disciplinary research is desirable

    More info here.

  2. PhD Studentships, Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York

    Posted on December 20th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    White Rose DTC ESRC Networks promote collaboration across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The intention is to support interdisciplinary research excellence and develop critical mass in key areas of research with the aim of building long-term research partnerships between the White Rose Universities.

    Title of network: Complexity and Disabled Selfhood: An Inter-Disciplinary White Rose Network

    Each studentship is tenable from Session 2014 and will provide Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates. It is expected that the student appointed to the project will liaise with both supervisors at least 6 times a year. Applicants for these studentships will be expected to hold a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent.

    For further information, contact the named supervisor below:

    Academic lead
    Name: Professor Alan Roulstone
    Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
    University: University of Leeds
    Tel: 0113 3434434
    Email Address: a.roulstone@leeds.ac.uk

    STUDENTSHIP ONE – Imagining Work: Disabled Young People, Narratives on the Boundaries of Work and Welfare

    Principal Supervisor
    Name: Professor Alan Roulstone
    Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
    University: University of Leeds
    Tel:01133434434
    Email: a.roulstone@leeds.ac.uk

    Co-Supervisor: Professor Peter Dwyer
    Current position: Professor of Social Policy University of York

    STUDENTSHIP TWO – Contesting neoliberal education and able citizenship: Some postconventionalist alternatives

    Principal Supervisor:
    Name: Professor Dan Goodley
    Department/School: Education
    University: University of Sheffield
    Tel: 0114 222 8185
    Email: d.goodley@sheffield.ac.uk

    Co-supervisor:
    Name: Dr Angharad Beckett
    Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
    University: University of Leeds
    Tel:0113 343 4409
    Email: a.e.beckett@leeds.ac.uk

    STUDENTSHIP THREE – Overcoming the Barriers: Including People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities in Research

    Principal Supervisor:
    Name: Prof Celia Kitzinger
    Department/School:Sociology
    University: York
    Tel:07872472740
    Email: celia.kitzinger@york.ac.uk

    Co-Supervisor: Dr Kathy Boxall
    Current position: Lecturer in Social Work

  3. CFP: Legal Bodies: Corpus / Persona / Communitas, Leiden University

    Posted on December 19th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    Legal Bodies: Corpus / Persona / Communitas

    15th-17th May 2014

    LUCAS (the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) will host a three-day conference on the various ways in which literary and artistic texts have represented, interrogated or challenged juridical notions of ‘personhood’. The guiding assumption behind our conference is that ‘personhood’ is not a (biologically) given, stable property of human beings (which precedes their interaction with the law), but that ‘personhood’ is assigned to selected (and historically varying) ‘bodies’ by discursive regimes, such as those of law, medicine, politics, religion, and education. During the conference we will study how literature, art and culture form domains in which the implications and scope of legal, political or medical conceptualizations of personhood can be dramatized and thought through, and in which alternative understandings of personhood can be proposed and disseminated.

    The symposium broaches the question of personhood on three different levels: those of the body, the individual and the community. Questions to be addressed include (but are not limited to), firstly: from which discourses did notions of bodily integrity historically emerge? Which social, political and medical developments are currently challenging these notions? How do artistic, cultural and socio-political phenomena (such as bio-art, body horror, the right-to-die movement, etc.) invite us to rethink our notion of the human body?

    Second, what literary and rhetorical figures made it possible to think of legal personhood in antiquity, the middle ages and the modern era? What is the legal status of ‘not-quite persons,’ such as children, illegal immigrants, the mentally disabled, the unborn and the undead? What could ‘animal personhood’ entail?

    Finally: how do collective bodies acquire personhood? How did art and literature represent legal entities such as the medieval city, the seventeenth century trade company or the nineteenth century corporation? Or what is the legally defined status of sects, networks, conspiracies, and resistance movements?

    The conference is organized in cooperation with NICA (the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis) and is made possible by LUCAS, the Leiden University Fund, and NICA.

    400-word proposals for 20-minute papers can be send to Frans-Willem Korsten, Nanne Timmer and Yasco Horsman (LUCAS, Leiden) at legalbodies@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

    Deadline: 14th February 2014

    See: http://hum.leiden.edu/lucas/news-events/legal-bodies-corpus-persona-communitas.html

    For more information on LUCAS and NICA, see http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucas/ and http://www.nica-institute.com/, or contact f.w.a.korsten@hum.leidenuniv.nl, Y.horsman@hum.leidenuniv.nl or n.timmer@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

  4. Assistant Professor of Disability Studies, University of Toledo

    Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    University of Toledo seeks assistant professor of disability studies

    The Disability Studies Program at the University of Toledo invites applications for a assistant professor to start in August 2014.

    Position Summary: Assistant Professor in Disability Studies. This tenure-track faculty member will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Disability Studies, maintain a record of significant scholarly achievement, and play a role in the growth of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo.

    Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: A Ph.D. or terminal degree in Disability Studies or a closely related field is required (completed by August 2014). Given the intensely interdisciplinary nature of Disability Studies, applications are welcomed from a wide variety of fields, from the humanities to the social sciences, from human services to business, from education to health sciences. Candidates should demonstrate clear evidence of (1) a national and international reputation, or their potential to establish one through an active program of research and/or creative activity; and (2) their potential to teach a diverse population effectively. An existing track record is a definite plus.

    Preferred Qualifications: We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following: global perspectives; law and policy; employment and labor; Deaf studies; cultural studies; bioethics and healthcare; assistive and adaptive technologies.

    Review of applications expected to begin approximately January 10, 2014.

    Required Applicant Documents:  Cover Letter, curriculum vitae, work sample, list of at least three references.

    Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply at http://jobs.utoledo.edu in order to be considered for the position. Applications should include a cover letter (including teaching and research interests); current CV; a recent and representative publication or other work sample (e.g., a film maker might submit a film); and a list of three references. If you have questions, please submit them to Dr. Kim Nielsen (kim.nielsen2@utoledo.edu).

  5. PhD Studentship: Community health and wellbeing in contemporary British fiction and culture, University of Leeds

    Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    A fully funded PhD studentship, to start in February, as part of an AHRC-ESRC funded project under the Connected Communities research programme has just been announced. Full details are available here. The student will work on a topic entitled ‘Community health and wellbeing in contemporary British fiction and culture’, and will be based in the School of English, University of Leeds. It is part of the ‘Representing Communities: Developing the Creative Power of People to Improve Health and Well-being’ project. This studentship would suit a student with a background in English Studies and an interest in contemporary British fiction and/or health/medical humanities.

    Please circulate widely! Potential applicants are warmly encouraged to contact Clare Barker for further information.

  6. CFP: Alternative Psychiatric Narratives, Birkbeck, London

    Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    Alternative Psychiatric Narratives

    This conference will take place on the afternoon of Friday 16 May, and all day on Saturday 17 May 2014, at Birkbeck College, London, United Kingdom. Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck.

    In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view. Studies have moved on from focusing on medical discourse to investigating the diversity of the patient population, their varied experiences, and their pathways to and from psychiatric institutions. Only just beginning, however, is work which pays attention to alternative narratives of psychiatry: individuals and accounts that have been excluded or overlooked in the midst of this focus upon doctor and patient. These include the experiences of those located outside formal psychiatric spaces and relationships, from families and non-medical staff, to activists and campaigners, as well as narratives taking unconventional forms or found in unexpected places, offering alternative readings of sites, spaces, or texts, or challenging the very ways in which psychiatric narratives could or should be expressed and used.

    This conference seeks to contribute to the development of these alternative narratives of psychiatry (in the broadest sense of the term) by exploring the voices and experiences of those involved in the non-institutional, non-formal aspects of psychiatry, and by investigating new ways to access all aspects of psychiatric experience, from the early modern period to today. This will be a space to discuss wide ranging (alternative) narratives of psychiatry, representations of psychiatry over time, and the methods and meanings behind this work from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

    Proposals for 20 minute papers touching on any aspects of alternative psychiatric narratives are welcomed from postgraduate and early career researchers across the humanities and social sciences. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

    • Alternative methodologies (such as oral history, social geography, ethnography, and more)
    • Histories of familial and community care
    • Representations of psychiatry in literature, theatre, art, music and the media
    • Disability theories and histories in relation to the history of psychiatry and mental health
    • Reforms, campaigns, and histories of activism and the psychiatric survivor movement
    • Alternative views of traditional psychiatric sites such as asylums, hospitals, clinics
    • Developments, experiences and perceptions of auxiliary and support staff
    • Questions of space, time, culture and locality
    • The gendering of psychiatric spaces, diagnoses and treatments
    • Changing therapeutic identities over time
    • Race and ethnicity, and other hidden dimensions of psychiatric history
    • The classic sick role: its history, consequences and alternatives
    • Medical texts and their role in shaping psychiatric stories
    • The problems with psychiatric narratives: authenticity and authority, uses and abuses

    Those interested in presenting a paper should email a short proposal (max. 300 words) to AltPsychiatricNarratives AT gmail.com by Monday 3rd March 2014.

  7. Lecturer in English (Literature and Medicine), University of Bristol

    Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Hannah Tweed

    Closing date: 06/01/2014

    Job number: ACAD100620

    Contract Type: Open ended contract staff

    Work Hours 35.0 Hours per Week

    Job Type: Research and Teaching

    Division / School: School of Humanities

    Grade: Lecturer B, Pathway 1, Grade J Salary: Starting salary £34,223 to £38,522

    The University of Bristol invites applications to a full-time permanent Lectureship (Lecturer B) in English Literature (Literature and Medicine). Candidates who can demonstrate excellence in research in any area of the subject are eligible to apply. There is no restriction of period, and ‘English Literature’ may be taken as meaning ‘literature in English’.

    The successful candidate will join a Department with a long-standing reputation for the quality of its teaching and research, and become part of a dynamic community of scholars in the School of Humanities and the Faculty of Arts.

    For further information about the department, see www.bris.ac.uk/english .

    Contact for informal enquiries: 

    Timescale of appointment: Long-listed candidates will be notified on or about Friday 31st January 2014. They will be required to submit a sample of their work (in English, not more than 8,000 words) as soon after notification as possible but no later than Wednesday 5th February.

    Short-listed candidates will be notified on or about Wednesday 26th February and invited to interview.

    Interview date: Wednesday 5th March 2014.

    Anticipated start date: September 2014