1. CFP (extended): ‘Disability Gains for the Academy: Exploring Pedagogies in Disability Studies’, Liverpool Hope

    Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Disability Gains for the Academy: Exploring Pedagogies in Disability Studies

    Date: Thursday 18th May 2017

    Location: Liverpool Hope University

    Call extended to Friday 5th May 2017

    The field of disability studies is recognised and valued for research and practice across disciplines in the UK and beyond. This symposium aims to explore distinctive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that have emerged from and with disability studies.

    This one-day symposium offers an opportunity for those working in the field to share their practice with academics from across the sector through the presentation and discussion of practice.

    The event will explore, but is not limited to, the following questions:

    • Who teaches disability studies?
    • Where is disability studies located in the academy?
    • What is the role of embodied pedagogy in teaching and learning about disability?
    • What role does affect play in strengthening pedagogies in disability studies?
    • To what extent do we exemplify the use of universal design in disability studies?
    • How does assessment design resonate with the aims and values of disability studies?
    • How do we prepare students to research disability?
    • Can the writing of accessible texts enhance academic writing in the academy?
    • Can the use of audio-description enhance engagement with learning as first stage semiotic analysis?
    • Can audio description support the development of multimodal forms of learning?
    • What are the benefits of interdisciplinary forms of learning to disability studies?

    The event is hosted by the department of Disability and Education and the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.

    If you are interested in presenting work at this event please send an abstract of approximately 250 words to ccds@hope.ac.uk. To book a place at this free event please visit the Online Store. The store will close on Friday 12th May 2017.

    For further information please contact Dr Claire Penketh: penketc@hope.ac.uk.

  2. CFP: Special Issue of Modernist Fiction Studies, ‘Modernist Fictions of Disability’

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Guest Editor: Maren Linett
    Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2017

    In 2012, then-president of the Modern Language Association Michael Bérubé described disability studies not as an emerging field, but an “emerged” one. Disability studies revises the medicalized and individualized understanding of disability, an understanding that places it outside of culture and discourse. It locates disability instead in the social and political relations among bodies and minds understood as impaired, bodies and minds granted the cultural capital of normalcy, and the built and social environment. Because it explores the embeddedness of bodies and minds within cultures, this growing and vibrant field has an important role in literary studies.

    This special issue of MFS aims to place disability studies in conversation with modernist studies. Some questions essays might consider are the following: what role does disability play in a particular modernist narrative? How does the presence of disability affect the aesthetic or political trajectory of the fiction? How do modernism’s famously difficult formal experiments complicate current modes of reading disability such as David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder’s “narrative prosthesis” or Ato Quayson’s “aesthetic nervousness”? How did the experience of World War I alter representations of disability in fiction? How do the norms that create disability function in narratives without disabled characters? We seek essays that consider the ways disability permeates modernist fiction, broadly conceived, and are especially interested in essays that take intersectional approaches.

    Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references and should follow the MLA Style Manual 7th edition for internal citation and works cited. Please submit your essay via the online submission form at the following web address: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mfs. Queries should be directed to Maren Linett at mlinett@purdue.edu.

  3. CFP: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural (Berlin)

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    CFP: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural

    Date: 27th – 28th October 2017

    Location: Berlin, Germany

    Keynote speaker: Leigh Gilmore (Wellesley College), Author of “The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony” (2001) and “Tainted Witness: Why we doubt what women say about their lives” (2017)

    Deadline: 31st May 2017

    This two-day academic conference examines the ways in which knowledge and experience of illness and disability circulate within the realms of medicine, art, the personal and the cultural. We invite papers that address this question from a variety of different perspectives, including literary scholarship, comics studies, media studies, disability studies, and health humanities/ sociology/ geography.

    To launch this conference, there will be an exhibit of comics dealing with medicine, illness/ disability, and caregiving, presented in the permanent pathological collection of the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité established by Rudolf Virchow (http://www.bmm-charite.de/en/museum/our-museum.html). Our intent is to juxtapose the museum’s anonymous anatomical specimens with situated personal works of comic art.

    The exhibition, which will run for three months, opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 with talks by two of the central figures of the graphic medicine movement: MK Czerwiec, nurse and author of the comic “Taking Turns. Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371” (2017), and Ian Williams, physician and author of the comic “The Bad Doctor. The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James“ (2015) (see www.graphicmedicine.org<http://www.graphicmedicine.org>).

    For the conference that follows, we invite as yet unpublished papers on comics and/ or literary texts (both fictional and auto­biographical) addressing one (or more) of the following questions:

    Shared Spaces: The Transformative Relations between Literature/ Comics and Medicine/ Science
    How do scientific/ medical professionals use comics and/ or literature to engage the public and impart new research or public health measures? How do narrative and graphic illness stories influence medical and scientific concepts of health and disease? How do these diverse spaces of experience and knowledge interact with each other?

    Inner Landscapes: The Aesthetics of Representing the Lived Experience of Illness

    What aesthetic strategies do literary works and comics use to reveal the inner perspective of living with illness/ disability/ medical treatment? How do narratives represent emotional situations of invisible suffering, such as psychic disorders, trauma, involuntary memories and flash­backs, but also autoimmune diseases or cancer? Literature has devel­oped aesthetic techniques such as inner monologue, stream of consciousness, and metaphors; do comics employ comparable or different aesthetic strategies?

    Timelines, Time Spirals, Time Vectors: Communicating Acute Illness, Chronic Disease, and Terminal Illness

    In On Being Ill, Virginia Woolf characterizes periods of illness as having a time of their own, ‘slowing down’ life, revealing humans’ finiteness and inspiring unprece­dented creativity. How do other literary and graphic illness narratives reflect the percep­tion of time during illness? How is the disruption of acute illness or the caesura brought on by a new diagnosis represented? Do comics and literature employ different means of representing life with a chronic con­dition?

    Confessing, Surviving, Normalizing: Constructing the Self in Illness Narratives

    What kind of subject is produced in contemporary illness narratives that rely on the confessional mode? As Michel Foucault has argued, such a mode is double-edged: it presumes a powerful speaking subject who is simultaneously subjected to the very institutions s/he addresses, ranging from healthcare to patient support groups and including the audiences of illness narratives. What kind of identity is enabled or foreclosed by concepts such as ‘sur­vivorship’? What avatars are created in illness comics – do they differ from protag­onists in written texts? Do literature and comics take part in or go beyond a process of normalization that is entailed in the confessional mode and the term ‘compliant patient’?

    The Politics of Storying Illness: Going beyond the Individual

    Can illness narratives give voice to the experience of entire communities or comment on national healthcare systems (and their potential flaws)? Are there texts and comics that offer alternatives to narratives that focus on a single protagonist – if so, how do they do it? To what extent are illness narratives in literature and comics emancipatory and subversive, and to what extent do they tie into contemporary endeavors in bio-medical self-management, prophylaxis, and prevention?

    For each panel, we welcome either theoretical reflections on or close readings of literary texts and/ or comics; comparative papers on both artistic media are especially welcome. Accepted participants will receive funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the subject of patho/graphics, i.e. literature and comics on illness/ disability.

    Paper proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract (max.) for a 20-minute presen­tation, and a short biographical note with institutional affiliation (where appropriate). Abstracts and papers can be in either English or German. Please submit by May 31, 2017, to: pathographics@fsgs.fu-berlin.de.

    Prof. Dr. Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff (Berlin) and Prof. Susan Merrill Squier, PhD (Penn State),
    PathoGraphics research project, Friedrich Schlegel School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin, Germany

    This conference is made possible by: Einstein Foundation Berlin, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.

  4. CFP: Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, ‘Disabled Sexualities’

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Deadline: 1st August 2017

    In 1993, Irving K. Zola identified the sexual freedom of disabled persons as a pressing but neglected issue, usually drowned out by policy focussed on access to public and commercial life. Since then, public health and education policies in much of the world have addressed sexuality for disabled persons only as a problem to be managed (by parents, by group-homes, by medical care providers), and not as a right of access to self-expression. Increasingly panoptic governmentality has constructed a very particular, individual, “healthy sexuality” that marginalizes disability, leaving it always-already as a disqualifying category.

    “Healthy sexuality” is produced in and by the twinned, vexed mandates of public health and public education (see, for example, Mary-Louise Adams’ The Trouble with Normal). Over the past 25 years, “healthy” sexuality has been increasingly viewed not only through the lens of consent (an obvious good), but also through the inclusion of sexual activity only if it serves “attachment” within monogamous pair-bonds (a less obvious good) between subjects assumed to be equally agential. In this now-pervasive model, sex is not “healthy” unless it is nobly promoting intimacy, or deeper understanding between the monogamous couple. We see this evolutionary model at work in most sexual education curricula and in web-based education.

    Hence, this special issue seeks to challenge the normative assumptions that underpin ideas about “healthy sexuality,” who can enter into legitimate pair-bonds, and the largely reproductive demands of the pair-bond concept itself.  We seek to interrogate the idea that non-disabled persons never desire those with disabilities as equals, that sex between the apparently “normal” person and the person with a disability is necessarily one of predation, and other such assumptions. We seek papers that address the legitimacy of desire of and for disabled persons. We also seek papers that address the rights of disabled persons to sexual expression that does not meet the normative assumptions of the pair-bond model, while also not assuming that disabled persons have no legitimate interest or ability to enter into reproductive and emotionally bonded sexual relationships.

    Useful touchstones for inquiry might include, but not be limited to, Robert McRuer’s Disability and Sexuality; J. Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure; Anne McGuire’s War on Autism; and Jonathan Mitzi and Anna Kirkland’s Against Health, and Kathryn Stockton’s Growing Up Sideways, along with others writing more broadly about affective life and disability, such as Mel Chen, Sami Shalk and Katarzyna Kolkorova. Emerging work grounded in theory at the intersections of disability, race, and class through feminist theories of embodiment will be of particular interest. Submissions might develop insight based on discourses of “risk prevention” from work such as Julie Passanante Elman’s Chronic Youth that asks us to consider the exploitation of youth – whose putatively “disabled” brains in adolescence render them largely unable to make “good decisions” without the policing of various state agents – for political ends.  In other words, a critical interrogation of “risk prevention” as it is applied to disability, and the problematization of some populations as especially risk-oriented is most welcome.

    The special issue seeks to:

    • Contest the “healthism” and ableism inherent in salutogenic (that is: “health promoting”) health education and policy related to sexuality
    • Interrogate normate constructions of sexuality for (instead of by) disabled persons
    • Launch a critical discussion about sexuality and sexual relationships both the self and to others from a critical disability perspective.
    • Deliver a critical account of ways in which “healthism” approaches to sexuality and disability as paired “areas of concern” enter into public discourses and popular culture.

    The web-based, open-access format of the CJDS allows us to welcome audio-visual and multi-media submissions. We encourage inderdisciplinary and disciplinary work that considers artifacts and ideas like:

    • Medical journal case reports
    • Public Health policy
    • Medical records
    • Public education/outreach programming
    • The categorization of desire along axes that silence and marginalize PWD
    • “Mental illness” as a discrediting status that constructs some people as categorically incapable of having “sex lives” or intimate relationships
    • The structuring of neurodiverse people as a group that is, by definition, neither interested in nor entitled to an intimate/sexual life
    • The problematization of sexuality and desire in queer identifications and/or racialised disabled bodies
    • The connections and divergences between HIV status, disability politics, and the creation of “proper” sexual subjects
    • Considerations of asexuality, asexual identity as non-pathological

    Contributions from any discipline and methodological framework are welcome, but all should be familiar with and work from a stance that takes disability as a legitimate position from which to produce knowledge and to interrogate the limits of standard thinking about disability, sexuality, and health.

    Send full submissions via email by August 1st, 2017 to:

    Morgan Holmes, Special Issue Editor
    Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
    Professor, Dept. of Sociology

    Wilfrid Laurier University

  5. CFP: Special Issue of CJDS, ‘Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Activism, and Art’

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Deadline: 1st October 2017 

    Narratives of survival and mythologies of resilience play a central role in cultural reproduction of neoliberal Westernized societies and sensibilities. A dominant trope holds that lived experiences of adversity are resources that can be productive and even profitable, when effectively managed. Disabled, m/Mad, d/Deaf, indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S, children and older adults – socially and ethno-culturally marginalized people and communities – are routinely represented as occasions to observe, and even test, the truth of this trope. The affects, experiences, realities, desires, and even the very lives of people living with difference and adversity, are treated as resources that can be morally and justifiably exploited in the name of progress. Resilience is paradoxically imagined as a product of disablement, and a form of insurance against disability. Such narratives structure everyday life in schools, colleges and universities, as well as in families and communities, rural and urban environments, nursing homes and hospitals, and even prisons.

    This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS) seeks works that critically examine survival and resilience as socio-political phenomena, and that resist and rupture neoliberal relations to difference and adversity. Submissions may take the form of theoretical, policy and empirical analyses, autoethnographies, pedagogical and activist reflections and interventions, visual and performance art, poetry, fiction/non-fiction, interviews, and critical commentaries that take-up, flesh-out, and undo unexamined relations to the meanings and materialities of survival, rupture, and resilience.

    Although the following list is not exhaustive, possible topics may include:

    • Autoethographies of resilience
    • Colonialities and/of resilience
    • Coping technologies and (govern)mentalities
    • Corporealities of survival and/or resilience
    • Disability and intergenerationality
    • Disability, indigeneity, cultural resilience and renewal
    • Discourses of disaster (social, environmental, emotional, and otherwise)
    • Education and resilience
    • Eugenic survivals/surviving eugenics
    • Family resiliences
    • Genealogies of resilience
    • Geographies and/of resilience
    • Geopolitics of resilience
    • Livability and resilience
    • Media representations of resilience
    • Mythologies of resilience
    • Performativities and practices of survival and/or resilience
    • Politics of resilience
    • Psychiatric and institutional survivor histories and activisms
    • Reimagining rupture and resilience from post/trans/dis-human perspectives
    • Resilience and desire/desirability
    • Resilience and security/surviving securitization/rupturing risk
    • Resilience and the (un)natural world
    • Resilience literatures and literacies
    • Resilience narratives
    • Resilience within and beyond institutionalization/institutionalized spaces
    • Social, mental and environmental ecologies and resilience
    • Survivals and/or resiliences as mediating time(s)/temporalities
    • Survivals, ruptures and resiliencies within the context of austerity and/or neoliberalism
    • Surviving regimes of carcerality and/or “care”
    • Sustainability and resilience
    • Technologies of resilience

    We are accepting submissions in English, French, ASL, and LSQ. All submissions that are not text-based must be made accessible (eg: videos and vlogs must be captioned, artwork must include audio description which can be embedded as alt-text, etc.). Please contact the editor if you have any questions about this.

    The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies welcomes interdisciplinary submissions ranging from but not limited to critical race theory, disability studies, m/Mad studies, d/Deaf studies, gender studies, history, art history, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts. Submissions must include/engage a disability studies perspective. We invite authors who self-identify as academics, artists, activists, and cultural producers.

    Written submissions must be no longer than 6000 words (excluding references, notes, and tables) and reflections and creative writing may be significantly shorter. Work submitted must be original, not under consideration or published elsewhere in print or electronic media. Submissions must include a cover page with authors’ names, titles, institutional affiliations (if applicable), and full contact information, but authors’ names cannot otherwise appear anywhere in the manuscript. Authors must also provide a 250-word abstract and 4-10 keywords. Please read further for CJDS submission guidelines: http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/about/submissions.

    Artistic submissions may include poetry, creative writing, photography, video, mixed media, as well as digital renderings of works on paper or sculpture. Artwork must take a form that can be submitted and viewed/heard electronically. For visual imagery, digital files may be sent as jpgs in an e-mail attachment. Emailed image files must be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi) and must be numbered and named to correspond with a text-based list describing images.

    Final submissions are due October 1st, 2017. Please submit electronically in Microsoft Word format (or, if sending images, according to the specifications outlined above) as an email attachment to the special issue’s guest editors Dr. Katie Aubrecht: katie.aubrecht@msvu.ca and Dr. Nancy La Monica: lamonican@gmail.com.

  6. CFP: Habit, Addiction and Thought Conference (London)

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Location: London South Bank University

    Date: 30th June – 1st July 2017

    Deadline: 31st March 2017

    The London Conference in Critical Thought 2017 is a multiple-stream interdisciplinary conference hosted by the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. It will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests. The conference is divided into thematic streams – this Call for Papers relates to the stream on Habit, Addiction, and Thought.

    “… most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking.”1

    In this transdisciplinary stream we aim to bring together academics and practitioners from a range of different disciplines to explore the relationship between habit, addiction, and thought. The stream will be open to all those who are looking for an environment in which to think collectively about the social, cultural and cognitive implications of addictive behaviour. We hope that this group will include academics from disciplines such as psychology and philosophy, practitioners working with the social and clinical aspects of addiction, and those with lived experiences of addiction.

    As part of this stream we hope to critically assess a number of connected questions, including how contemporary theories of addiction can help us to understand many of those human actions, be they personal or collective, that are not traditionally considered as addictions. For example, the processes that constitute life, such as eating, sleeping, and reproducing, are all incessantly repetitive and habitual, but can they be considered and analysed using the categories of addiction?

    We are especially interested in exploring the relationship between thought and addiction. One way we hope to do this is by reassessing the role that the concept of habit plays in the history of philosophy by considering its proximity to the concept of addiction. For example, what happens if we problematize Hume’s claims in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding that human volition is a determination of thought acquired by habit, and that belief is “nothing but a peculiar sentiment, or lively conception produced by habit” (141-142) by replacing the concept of habit with that of addiction? Habit also forms the basis for ethics in the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, and Locke, and as the foundation of belief for thinkers such as C. S. Peirce, John Dewey, and William James. What effects will be produced if we rethink these philosophical references to habit as implying the specific kind of acquired, habitual process commonly called addiction?

    Other questions that participants may wish to consider include: Is thought inherently addictive? Does the capacity for abstract thought rely on unthinking habitual processes? If so, could these processes be understood as addictions? Is the distinction between habit and addiction discrete and binary or continuous and gradual? Is addiction best understood as a secondary and dysfunctional activity, in relation to rational thought, or can the power of addiction be understood without any reference to a normative model of rationality? Also, do addictions only exist at the human level, or are there addictive pre-individual processes ‘below’ the level of the human individual and addictive social processes ‘above’ the level of the human individual?

    In the spirit of the LCCT we are especially interested in submissions that challenge the traditional conference format. Non-verbal forms of presentation, group participation, and other forms of interaction are highly encouraged. We are especially interested in sharing personal and professional experiences of addiction that disrupt the received wisdom concerning habit, addiction, and thought.

    Please email all completed responses to this conference address. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by 31 March 2017.  If you have any questions about this CfP, please email Ed Thornton.

    Please note that participation at the conference is free (though registration will be required).

    [1. The opening quote is taken from a passage of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest in which the character Don Gately, a recovering alcoholic, lists the many things that one learns when living in a halfway house for recovering addicts.]

  7. Seminar: Augmenting the Body: Work and the Posthuman (Leeds)

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Location: Senate Room 1, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place, Leeds, LS2 9JT

    Date: 3-5pm, Thursday 27th April

    Augmenting the Body is an interdisciplinary medical humanities project based at the University of Leeds, exploring questions of disability, bodily extensions, care and the posthuman. Work and the Posthuman is the fourth seminar to be presented in the Sadler Seminar Series. This series aims to explore the ways cultural and theoretical ideas of embodiment meet the practicalities of engineering design and product use, to suggest critical avenues that can lead to the development of better adaptive/rehabilitation technologies.

    Reading Disability in a time of posthuman work – Stuart Murray (English Dept, Leeds)

    This presentation will explore contemporary culture’s seeming obsession with ideas of speed, immediacy and efficiency in a time of 24/7 work, and where disability is positioned within such concepts. It will then look at two contemporary novels (Joshua Ferris’s The Unnamed and Michael Faber’s Under the Skin) that, through the representation of disability, offer critiques of posthuman work economies. In both texts, ideas of a singular and coherent body or self, and a humanist ‘proveable identity’, are revealed to be unsustainable because of the manner in which disability interacts with expectations of work.

    Augmentation in the operating theatre: The impact of robotic surgery on teamwork – Rebecca Randell (School of Healthcare, Leeds)

    This presentation will report findings from a recently completed study looking at the impact of robotic surgery on teamwork in the operating theatre. The robot provides the surgeon with a magnified, 3D view of the surgical site, more precise movement through tremor elimination and motion scaling, and increased freedom of movement. Robotic surgery also allows the surgeon to do more: with the provision of additional arms, the surgeon has control of the camera and can undertake retraction, both of which they are unable to do in a keyhole operation. However, this has implications for the roles of other members of the surgical team. The robot also takes away resources usually available in surgery, the surgeon’s position in the robot reducing awareness and presenting challenges for communication.

    For any further information, please contact Sophie Jones, Research Assistant – Augmenting the Body: Disability, Care, and the Posthuman.

  8. CFP: Yorkshire Medical Sociology Discussion Group, ‘Healthy spaces: space, place and design for well-being’ (York)

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Healthy spaces: space, place and design for well-being

    Keynote speaker: Lindsay Prior, Queen’s University Belfast

    Date: 17th May 2017, 12-5pm

    Location: Environment Building, ENV/005, University of York

    Abstract deadline: 21st April 2017

    The theme of the next Yorkshire Medical Sociology group is space, place and design in relation to health and well-being. This may include the built environment, landscapes, architectural design, and interiors.

    We are inviting abstract proposals for 10-minute paper presentations. We welcome papers addressing issues including: experiences of health and well-being in relation to place; design for health and social care environments; ‘therapeutic’ landscapes; place and networks of care. Submissions from early career researchers are particularly welcome.

    A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to early career researchers and postgraduate students. Please include a request for a travel bursary with your abstract. The request should be a few lines summarising: 1) Your current research and broader research interests 2) How attending the event would be useful for you in developing your research.

    Abstract length: 150-200 words

    To submit your abstract, please email: christina.buse@york.ac.uk


    To register, go to the BSA website here

    BSA member/concessions – £15

    BSA non-member/full fee – £20

    For further information, please email eeva.sointu@york.ac.uk, christina.buse@york.ac.uk or daryl.martin@york.ac.uk.

  9. CFP: Edited Collection on Disability and Research

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Dr. Bronagh Byrne (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr. Ciaran Burke (Ulster University) are currently accepting abstracts for chapters in a new edited collection examining disability and research.  The text itself will explore the empirical process from the perspective and experience of the disabled researcher.  As a companion to texts examining research processes with disabled respondents, this collection will provide a resource for disabled researchers that considers how we can navigate the rules and procedures of social research methods, whilst retaining the scientific rigour of the chosen method. We also wish to consider the consequences that can arise from disabled researchers’ attempts at “passing” and the benefits that can emerge from a reflexive approach to method.

    To this end we envisage an edited collection that encompasses contributions from disabled researchers both within and beyond the disability studies field, reflecting the fact that disabled scholars may not necessarily work on disability issues. Examples of issues that may be considered include physical and communicational barriers inherent in some research processes, the disjuncture between need for adjustments to carry out ‘good quality research’ and availability of resources, implications for researcher identity, and disclosure of disability to research participants. There may of course be many other issues that warrant consideration.

    The deadline for abstracts is Monday 8th May 2017.  To discuss the focus of the text or potential abstracts please contact Dr. Ciaran Burke c.burke@ulster.ac.uk

  10. Lunchtime Seminars on Emotions, Edinburgh

    Posted on February 23rd, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    ‘To be called by the suffering’,  Laura Candiotto (University of Edinburgh, Eidyn Centre)

    Location: 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

    Date: 12-2pm, 1st March 2017

    Drawing on Laura’s philosophical training experience with the Venice Board of Medical Practitioners, this seminar explores the calling for a nursing career, stressing the motivational role played by affectivity within the establishment of an authentic empathic relationship with the suffering of the patients. Affective ability should be nurtured in order to sustain the practitioners’ affective commitment, which may be put at risk by every day difficulties at work.


    ‘Emotional care work in the ambulance service: the haunted mind’, Emma Rowland (King’s College London)

    Location: 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

    Date: 12-2pm, 15th March 2017

    Ambulance crews play an integral role in frontline emergency care, assessing, managing, treating and transporting the public with an extensive range of conditions. In attending critical incidents, ambulance crews have to manage the emotions of their patients, relatives and potential bystanders, in addition to their own and those of their crew mate. This seminar focuses on the implications of mobile care work to crews emotional well-being, and will illuminate how the haunted mind affects the delivery of patient care on the road.


    ‘Techno nurses and empathetic machines: Shifting relations in shaping good care’, Professor Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam)

    Location: 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

    Date: 12-2pm, 6th April 2017

    Anticipations on what new technology will do often range between grand promises, or terrible nightmares. For health care, there is the promise that technology will lead to efficiency, self-management and quality. The nightmare is that technology will make care inhumane, placing screens, beeps or numbers between caregivers and patients. Jeanette will talk about the creative ways in which caregivers and patients relate to technology, and through technology to one another.


    To reserve your place please email: crfr.events@ed.ac.uk. For further details go to www.crfr.ac.uk/eventsandtraining/training/seminars/.