1. CFP: Special Issue of Critical Stages (webjournal), ‘Medicine and/in Theatre’

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    The webjournal of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), Critical Stages, invites contributions for issue No 17, Medicine and/in Theatre, due for publication in June 2018.

    Over the past decade there has been increased critical attention paid to the intersection of theatre and medicine; although the relationship between the two is far from new. Medicine and science, along with philosophy, religion and the arts, are the central to our society’s efforts to comprehend the mystery of being, to explain pain and to address mortality. Yet, unlike the metaphysical quest present in the narratives of religion, or transcendental philosophies, theatre and medicine share a fundamental preoccupation with what goes on between birth and death.

    Issue #17 of Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques invites essays that focus specifically on contemporary medicine-related plays, performances and issues. For Baudrillard, “the characteristic hysteria of our times” is “that of the production and the reproduction of the real” and the production of “values and commodities.” With his words in mind, what does the fusion of theatre and medicine seek to address in a twenty-first-century context? The emergence of counter-narratives or the construction of realities? The value of multivocality or the commodification of reality?

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Negotiating boundaries of illness and health; of life and death
    • Staged vs. actual illness: content vs. form; assessing reception; the critic’s role
    • The doctor-patient relationship
    • Representation of medical topics, illness, and the hospitalized/suffering/dying body in theatre: sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical considerations
    • Popular theatre and illness: a contradiction in terms? Awareness-raising or profit-making enterprise?
    • Body-as-machine, body-as-battlefield, the “biomedical gaze” and other metaphors: truths and myths of medicine as tackled on stage/in performance
    • Theatre, medicine, technology: acting under/beyond the skin; exploring new aesthetic horizons; the technological sublime
    • From anatomy to prosthetics, neuroscience and gene mapping: staged perspectives on the notions of self/other, the individual against the State, and precarious existence
    • Theatre assisting/attacking the practices of medicine
    • On spectatorship: sensation vs. interpretation
    • The role of theatre and the arts in medical education: instrumental benefits
    • Theatre-based learning in medical education, the Narrative Medicine paradigm, and the rising academic field of Critical Medical Humanities
    • Practicing medicine as performance: professionalism, empathy, and ethical caregiving
    • Beyond Western medicine: foundational concepts (i.e. doctor, patient, pain, illness, experience) in theatre/performance around the world

    Further information about IATC, Critical Stages, and the CfP can be found on their website.

    Submissions (maximum 3,500 words, including notes and works cited) should be sent by email to the editor of this special issue, Dr Vinia Dakari. The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2017, with first drafts for accepted papers due 1 February 2018.

  2. RCPSG Lecture: Pankaj Chandak, ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’, Glasgow

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Lecture, Pankaj Chandak: ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’

    Date: 7pm, Thursday 15th June 2017 (refreshments from 6.30pm)

    Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is delighted to invite you to their annual Goodall Lecture. The Goodall Lecture this year is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Joseph Lister’s article in the Lancet announcing the arrival of antiseptic surgery – a major breakthrough in medical science. This breakthrough was of course achieved in Glasgow, so it is fitting that the lecture is part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2017.

    We’re delighted to welcome Mr Pankaj Chandak, transplant surgeon at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, who will deliver the Goodall Lecture. Mr Chandak is passionate about Lister’s achievements and his legacy in surgical safety, linking the innovations of the 1860s with today’s developments in 3-D printing. You can see more of Mr Chandak here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKUIvt9DI_Q

    Setting the context of Lister’s 1867 article is Mr David Hamilton, transplant surgeon and medical historian, author of the classic text The Healers: a History of Medicine in Scotland.

    CPD – This lecture has 2 non-clinical credits.

    To book a free ticket please contact library@rcpsg.ac.uk, call 0141 221 6072 or go to rcp.sg/GS2017.

  3. Postdoctoral Research Assistant, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: C19th Perspectives’, Oxford

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 19th-Century History of Medicine/Science/Culture

    University of Oxford, Gibson Building

    Deadline for applications: 30th June 2017

    Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the team working on the European Research Council funded project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: 19th Century Perspectives’. The post is full-time and will be fixed-term from 18 October 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for the remainder of the grant which finishes on 31 January 2019.

    The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Sally Shuttleworth, and will be expected to produce a monograph, or series of articles, relating to the project research, present their research at UK and international conferences, assist with media activity, and help organise public engagement activities.

    Candidates should have been awarded a PhD in a relevant field (such as history of medicine or science, or literature) by the time of taking up the post. You should show outstanding academic promise, and be willing to assist in the organisation of seminars, workshops and conferences, and contribute to the general running of the project.

    Applications must be submitted online. You will be asked to upload a CV, supporting statement, an outline of a potential book project or series of articles, and a sample of written work. Please ensure all documents are uploaded as PDF files. Please quote the following vacancy reference number in all correspondence: 129050.

    Candidates should ask two referees to submit reference letters directly to the Project Administrator, Alyson Slade, using the email address below, by the closing date.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 30 June 2017. It is hoped that interviews will be held in the last two weeks of July 2017.

    Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 – £32,958 p.a.


  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.


    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).

  10. 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.