ECR Fellowships: University of York’s Centre for Future Health

Closing date: 31st March 2018

Duration: 2 years from 1st October 2018

Four prestigious Fellowships are available through the University of York’s Centre for Future Health ( to support world-class early career researchers in the broad domain of health. The scheme is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of York and is open to individuals from across the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences. Fellowships offer salary in the range of £38,882 – £47,722 per annum for two years starting from 1st October 2018 and project expenses of up to £100,000.

This scheme is intended to provide a stepping stone for the ablest post-doctoral early career researchers to begin a fully-established, independent and externally-funded research career. Previous Fellows worked in areas including history, Medieval studies, social sciences, neuroscience, biophysics, molecular and cell biology, electronics. 

Applicants with interdisciplinary interests and those who have some professional experience from another institution, academic or non-academic, are particularly welcome. We are also pleased to receive applications from people who have had a career break (because of family commitments, ill health or to take on work outside of research) and who wish to re-establish their research career.

Further Information:

The University of York ( is a thriving UK Russell group University with particular strengths in the domain of health research and the biomedical sciences including the medical humanities, mental health, neuroscience, infectious diseases, health and social science. 

For more details about the scheme, please see

How to Apply:

Please visit to start your application

The York Centre for Future Health ( can advise on all aspects of the application process including eligibility and the first stage of identifying a suitable academic sponsor in the applicant’s target department.

CFP: ‘The Gut-Brain Axis’: Cultural and Historical Perspectives, Glasgow

Date: 4th-5th May 2018

Location: University of Glasgow

Research into the so-called ‘gut-brain axis’ has seen extraordinary growth in the past decade as microbiologists, neurologists and nutrition scientists have discovered new ways in which these supposedly separate parts of the body interact. Whereas our guts, brains, nervous systems, and behaviour were thought to be distinct, increasing evidence shows that the boundaries between them are more porous. Both scientific and popular interest in the topic continues apace, with a constant stream of publications aimed at specialist and lay audiences, and the first international Gut-Brain Axis Summit taking place in San Francisco in December 2017.

Important work has also been undertaken on gastro-psychic connections by researchers from the history of medicine, literature and psychology, but so far, there has been little in the way of a coordinated, targeted contribution to the debate on the gut-brain relationship from the humanities and the social sciences.

This workshop will consider the value of cultural and historical perspectives on the relationship between the gut and the brain, an area of our lives that so emphatically crosses somatic, emotional and psychological experiences. The event will engage with this topic from a critical perspective, not only taking new approaches but also asking:

  • What are the risks or challenges involved in studying the gut-brain relationship from perspectives beyond the strictly biological or the clinical?
  • How can disciplines beyond science contribute to the understanding of this area of human experience?
  • How does a humanities and social sciences approach differ from and / or enrich scientific research on the gut-brain axis?
  • What can a cultural and historical perspective on digestive health achieve?
  • How might different cultural understandings of the gut-brain relationship be communicated to scholars in the sciences, non-academic audiences, and public health practitioners and organisations?
  • Who might the audiences be for this form of research?

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The implications of categories such as race, class, age, or gender on understandings of the gut-brain relationship
  • Variations across nations and cultures in understanding the links between the gut and brain
  • The history of the gut-brain relationship
  • Shifting definitions of ‘the gut’ and ‘the brain’ according to discipline, nation or time period
  • The construction of the gut-brain relationship through productions such as literature, the visual arts, social media, and film
  • The ways in which links between the gut and the brain might  contribute to our understanding of what it is to be human

Contributions are invited from scholars in any area of the humanities and the social sciences, but preference may be given to papers focusing on the modern period (1800 to the present). Papers focusing on non-Western nations are strongly encouraged, as are proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers.

The confirmed keynote speaker for this event is Professor Elizabeth Williams (Oklahoma State University), who has published seminal articles on psycho-gastric conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently completing a study of scientific and medical thinking about the appetite for food from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century.

Proposals of 250 words for 15-20 minute papers, along with a 150-word biography, should be sent to by 31st January 2018.

Registration Open: ‘New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course’, Leeds

Date: 19th – 20th March 2018

Location: Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Registration is now open for the forthcoming conference “New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course”. This two-day event will bring together scholars from across the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, to share new perspectives on the role and value of historical approaches to ageing across disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.

The two-day conference, including lunch, is free for all delegates. For details of the schedule, and to sign up to attend, visit the conference Eventbrite page. A detailed programme, containing abstracts and biographies for all speakers, is available here. The original CFP, is also available. Please also feel free to forward details on to colleagues in other departments and institutions.

CFP: Disability & Society Special Issue 2019, ‘Disability, Activism and the Academy’

Disability, Activism and the Academy: Special Issue 2019 

Our 2019 Special Issue aims at keeping alive the original values and intentions of the journal to bridge the gap between the academy and activists in the disability arena. Through the pages of Disability & Societywe have always wanted to reflect debates and struggles taking place locally, nationally and internationally to improve the lives of disabled people according to the priorities of disabled people themselves.In the next Special Issue we wish to bring together fresh insights into the relationship between disability, activism and the academy and to explore how this is playing out against the backdrop of very difficult times in which disabled people are bearing the brunt of global upheavals and conflicts, austerity policies and the changing nature of political activism amongst disabled people.

We invite contributions which will examine the relationship between disability, the academy and activism in relation to any chosen themes. Back in our first Editorial of 1986 it was said ‘we do not wish the journal to be viewed as a vehicle for merely representing professional perspectives. Thus we want to encourage the consumers of services and people with disabilities to speak for themselves’. We strongly encourage articles written in partnership for the Special Issue, though this is not a prerequisite for submission.

Submissions might focus on:

  • Examples of collaborative activist projects
  • Inclusive research and development strategies
  • The role of changing technologies in activism
  • How accessible is the academy?
  • Power relationships and the reality of participation in decision-making processes
  • Disability policy and service user agendas
  • The work of service user representative organisations
  • Globalisation and the changing nature of political activism amongst disabled people
  • Papers which seek to place debates within the conditions of oppression shared by others involved in liberation struggles.

There is an established well-informed international audience for the journal. Authors are expected to consider this wide readership and to exhibit knowledge of previously-published articles when submitting their work for consideration.

This Special Issue will be published in 2019.

Submission Procedures

Submissions should be made online at the Disability & Society ScholarOne Manuscript site  New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.  Maximum word length is 8,000 words (excluding bibliography).

The final deadline for receipt of papers is 31st August 2018. No papers will be considered after this date.

For further advice on the submission procedure please go to Disability and Society.

CFP: 2018 Annual PG Conference, ‘Human Bodies, Antibodies and Other Bodies’, Durham

Date: 24th April 2018

Location: University of Durham

Durham University Anthropology Department invites postgraduate students in all sub-disciplines of anthropology and related fields to the upcoming PG conference: Human Bodies, Antibodies and Other Bodies. It will take place at Durham University, Tues 24th April 2018, and is free to attend.

Throughout its history, anthropology has engaged with the study of biological and social bodies. Biological bodies were quantified, qualified and described, while social bodies are discussed in ways that challenge naturalized ideas about oppression and power, race, sex, gender and in the end humanity itself. Bodies in anthropology and its sister disciplines have been studied as subjects and objects, meaningful and material, individual and social, and all at the same time.

This conference seeks to explore “the body/bodies”, broadly conceived, from all sub- disciplines of anthropology and related disciplines, in all of their various approaches and conceptualizations. To fulfil the aims above, we welcome proposals on human and non-human bodies, living and non-living bodies, and their interactions including proposals that emerge from biological, medical and social anthropology. Some of the themes to consider are:

  • Biological bodies – biological anthropology of bodies, human/animal interaction, animal and/or human bodies and behaviours
  • Medical bodies – health, reproduction/fertility, genetics, biomedicine, suffering/dying, dead bodies, health and illness
  • Bodies in society – education, gender /sexuality, citizenship, spirituality/faith/religion, power, governance, art/fashion/aesthetics
  • Bodies in science and technology
  • Moving bodies – migrations, bodies in nature, bodies in conflict, commodified bodies, sports, performing arts
  • Digital bodies
  • Other bodies (broadly conceived)

Paper and poster proposals should include:

  • author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact email
  • paper title
  • a paper abstract (200 words max)
  • and short bio (200 words max).

Please clearly indicate whether you submitting a paper or poster proposal.

Please submit your proposals no later than 31st January 2018 by email.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15th February 2018.

Registration opening dates will be announced in due course. Places are limited. Updates will be announced on the Facebook page and the website.

For any enquiries please contact the conference organisers indicating a specific issue or topic in the e-mail subject line.

Workshops: ‘“Going to the Dogs”? The intersections of Disability and Animal Studies’, Leeds

Date: 2-5pm, Monday 19th February 2018

Location: Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, School of English, 6–10 Cavendish Road, Leeds

Responding to recent scholarship that has placed disability and animal studies in critical dialogue (see, for instance, Sunaura Taylor’s new book and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies recent call for papers), this workshop will bring together three Leeds-based scholars, who will each approach the intersection of disability and animal studies from a different disciplinary and methodological perspective. The session will feature Karen Sayer, who is a Professor of Social and Cultural History at Leeds Trinity University; Sunny Harrison, who is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds; and Leah Burch, who is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Respectively, their talks will cover the following topics:

  • Models of utility, disability, and occupational health in later medieval horse medicine.
  • The conceptualisation of disabled human labourers relative to conceptualisations of farm animals in nineteenth-century agriculture.
  • Instances of disability being animalised in contemporary hate speech.

Each talk will be followed by time for questions, and the workshop will end with a roundtable discussion about the ethical and methodological challenges of working on themes of disability and animals together. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any questions or would like to book a place at the workshop in February—for FREE — please email the organiser, Dr Ryan Sweet, including details of anything that can be done to ensure that the event is accessible for you. Ryan’s email address is

CFP: Multi-Volume Series, ‘New Perspectives in Deaf History’

Deaf history, in its most distilled form, is the study of deaf people and their experiences in the past. There is an intrinsic value in the research, study, and writing of deaf history. Social critic James Baldwin alludes to that value when he observed that “history is literally present in all that we do.” The rapid racial, social, economic, political, and technological changes in the U.S. compels us to explore how these changes affect deaf people’s lives. They also compel us to ground our exploration in history.

The corpus of work in the field of Deaf History continues to grow. As with historical studies of other communities, a historiographical assessment of the field reveals gaps in coverage of temporal periods, diversity within the population, class, and geographical reach.

This call for papers is for a multi-volume series in Deaf History, with one volume focusing on the histories of deaf people outside the United States and at least one focusing on U.S. histories.  The editors welcome essays on deaf history from a wide range of subfields and disciplines from U.S. deaf histories, transnational histories, the Global South, and other geographical locations. Essays should be historically focused but can originate from related field such as deaf studies, film studies, art history, literature, anthropology, politics, and sociology. Topics that tie issues of race, class, and gender to deaf history are especially of interest.  This includes the histories of deaf people of color, deaf disabled people, and deaf blind people. Topics that focus on mid to late 20th century deaf histories including the Deaf President Now movement are especially encouraged. This book series is under review at a university press. Accepted proposals will be assigned to an appropriate volume and publication date will vary according to volume order of publication.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a brief proposal of approximately 500 words explaining the topic, thesis, and major sources to be used in the article. A three line author biography should be included with the proposal.

Proposal deadline: 1st March 2018

Please submit proposals to the editors:

Notifications of acceptance of proposals will be made by 1st April 2018 and contingent on publisher’s acceptance of book proposal.

Accepted chapters should be between 5,000-8000 words and citations will be in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

Scoping Event: major health collections in Glasgow City Archives

Call for Expressions of Interest

Glasgow Life in conjunction with the Medical Humanities Research Centre and the College of Arts in the University of Glasgow invite expressions of interest from researchers who may wish to work with the internationally significant medical history and humanities collections held in the Glasgow City Archives, Mitchell Library. The following major collections were catalogued with Wellcome Trust funding, and are eligible for Wellcome’s Research Bursary Scheme (funding up to £25k, see, other Wellcome schemes, and those of other funders.

Glasgow Public Health Records
Glasgow has an unenviable reputation in respect of the health chances of its citizens. Ill health and disease within Glasgow was entrenched during the first half of the nineteenth century as a result of large-scale migration. The scale of the problems and the work by Glasgow’s pioneering Medical Officers of Health and its Sanitary Officers, form a major part of the collections.

(1) Department Of Public Health records, including annual reports of the Medical Officer of Health and Sanitary Inspector, 1863-1985; reports on Glasgow housing conditions, 1911-1923; housing photographs, c1902-1944; returns of infectious diseases, 1920-1973; Port Local Authority files, 1901-1969; papers of Medical Officers of Health, 1892-c1959; publications by staff of the Public Health Department, 1897-1974.

(2) Police Commissioners. Prior to the establishment of the Public Health Department in 1895, the Commissioners were responsible for all aspects of public health. Their records date back to 1800 and include: minutes of Nuisances, Sanitary and Health Committees, 1856-1910; minutes of Hospitals Committees, 1867-1914; minutes of the Port Local Authority, 1903-1910.

(3) Annexed Burghs. The 13 burghs which surrounded Glasgow were gradually absorbed as the city expanded. As independent burghs of varying duration, they had public health functions. They include: Gorbals (1700-1900); Govan (1853-1912); Govanhill (1876-1891); Hillhead (1867-1891); Maryhill (1856-1891); Partick (1852-1912); Pollokshaws (1813-1912).

(4) Scottish Women’s Hospital. During WW1 UK female physicians developed, staffed, and led their own voluntary organisations serving honourably and often under direct fire, on the Western Front. Of these, the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service (SWH) represented the largest medical endeavour completely directed by British women doctors. The SWH made a crucial contribution to the delivery of medical care during the First World War, sending out 14 medical units to serve in France, Serbia, Salonika, Russia, Romania, Corsica and Malta.

A scoping event is planned for 2-4pm, Wednesday 14th February 2018 in the Mitchell Library. City Archives staff will introduce the collections, display illustrative materials, and facilitate the development of related research projects. A key, but not exclusive objective, will be to assist in bids to the Wellcome’s Research Bursary Scheme for scoping projects, with a first round deadline in 2018 of 2 April 2018.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Irene O’Brien (irene.o’ by 31st January 2018 with your contact details, affiliation and level and stating which collections and particular materials you are interested in, your initial research idea, as well as any particular schemes and funders. The event is open to academic researchers of postgraduate level and above.