Call for Reviewer: ‘Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative about HIV’ (2018)

Reviewer wanted for Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV (Stewed Rhubarb, 2018). If you are interested in reviewing this book, please email Hannah at hannah.tweed@york.ac.uk, with a brief bio and why you are interested in reviewing the collection. Further details below:

Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV, ed. by Angie Spoto

Being HIV positive today is completely different from how it was thirty years ago. This anthology collects work from those affected by HIV so they can tell us what it really means to have HIV in Scotland today.

Many of the stories, poems and artworks here emerged from the Positive Stories workshop series and artistic-mentorship scheme organised by HIV Scotland, empowering people to use their own voices to reshape the narrative around HIV and take part in creative activism.

Disclosures features a forward by Jackie Kay and illustrations by Brian Houston, as well as poems, short stories, and art from:

  • RJ Arkhipov
  • Mark Carlise
  • Kevin Crowe
  • Will Dalgleish
  • Stephen Duffy
  • J. William James
  • Matthew Lynch
  • James McAbraham
  • NJ Millar
  • Nobody
  • Michael Nugent
  • Oliver
  • Rio
  • Fraser Serle
  • Nathan Sparling
  • Angie Spoto
  • Jamie Stewart

Available to buy from Stewed Rhubarb. Please note – preorders will be posted on Monday 26th November 2018.

CFP: ‘Experiences of Dis/ability from the Late Middle Ages to the Mid-Twentieth Century’, Tampere, Finland

Date: 22nd – 23rd August 2019

Location: University of Tampere, Finland

Keynote speakers:

  • David Lederer, Maynooth University
  • Donna Trembinski, St. Francis Xavier University
  • David Turner, Swansea University

In recent decades, dis/ability history has become an important field in its own right, standing at the crossroads of the social history of medicine, the history of minorities and the history of everyday life. Conceptions of and attitudes to physical and mental wellbeing and to difference are and have always been key elements in any human society, while the lived experience of dis/ability has varied across societies and time periods, but also depending on the person’s socioeconomic status, age, gender, and the nature of the impairment. Experiences of disability, whether personal or communal, have long continuities in the past, but they have also changed dramatically with the development of medical science and institutionalized care.

This conference aims to concentrate on the experiences of those with physical or mental impairments and chronic illnesses, with special reference to the period between the late Middle Ages and the mid-twentieth century. We understand dis/ability in a broad sense, covering a wide range of physical, mental and intellectual impairments and chronic illnesses. How, then, were various dis/abilities lived and experienced, how did communities shape these experiences, and what similarities and changes can we detect over the course of time? An important viewpoint is also that of methodology: how can a modern scholar approach the experience of those living in the past?

We thus invite papers that explore the ways in which ‘disabilities’ have been lived and experienced, in all stages of life, and by people of different social status and background. The conference aims to promote dialogue between disability historians across national and chronological borders and we welcome papers presenting new research and work in progress.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How to approach the experience of disability (sources, methodology)?
  • Different categories of disability experience, or what counts as experience of disability?
  • How have society, religion and practices of care and cure defined the experience of disability?
  • Religion and disability
  • Medicalization, institutionalization and everyday life
  • The impact of gender, age and social status on the experience of disability
  • Lived welfare and everyday experiences of people with disabilities, e.g. living at home, in a workhouse or mental institution, the impact of various welfare systems

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of 200 words, with your contact information and affiliation by 15th February 2019, at https://www.lyyti.in/disabilityexperience2019_callforpapers

Conference website: https://events.uta.fi/disabilityexperience2019/

Participation is free of charge, and includes lunches and coffees for speakers.

The conference is organized by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX, https://research.uta.fi/hex/) at the University of Tampere and the group “Lived Religion” and has received funding from The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and HEX. For more information, please write to the organizers (jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi and riikka.miettinen@uta.fi)

 

Call for Creative Writing: ‘Hearing and the Medical Humanities’, eds. Derek Hoare and Bonnie Millar

Call for Creative Writing: 

Whether you are trying to come to terms with your hearing or looking for a way to help loved one/ a patient come to terms with their hearing ability, writing can be a helpful outlet. To accompany a special edition of the journal Medical Humanities, edited by Dr Derek Hoare and Dr Bonnie Millar, we invite poems and prose about hearing from patients, their partners and /or family members, and clinicians. Contributions are welcome from those with hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus, and hyperacusis; parents of children affected with otitis media; audiologists and physicians.

How do we respond when we meet people who do not hear as we do? What happens when our own hearing function changes? What tools do we have when attempting to communicate about our hearing? By inviting those who hear differently, their partners, and/or family members, together with clinicians to share poems and short pieces of writing it is hoped to foster exchange and understanding between different groups.

Submissions might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics

  • Deaf culture
  • Deafened
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Listening differently
  • Auditory transformations
  • Hearing and language
  • Hearing and technology
  • Hearing and the media
  • Hearing and emotions

All are welcome to submit pieces and please share this invitation with interested colleagues. Please send submissions to Bonnie.Millar@nottingham.ac.uk.

Symposium Registration: ‘History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow’

Date: 9.30am – 4.30pm, 6th December 2018

Location: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

The Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgowinvites you to a one-day symposium. The event takes place on 6th December 2018, between 9.30am and 4.30pm in the Yudowitz Seminar Room, in the Wolfson Medical School.

The papers cover three main themes:

  • the history of infection control from the early modern period to the present day
  • law and medicine (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
  • responses to reproductive health issues (1950 to the present day)

Entry is free, but numbers are limited and registration is required for catering purposes: please register here.

Please email rosemary.elliot@glasgow.ac.uk or angus.ferguson@glasgow.ac.uk to advise of any dietary or other requirements.

Programme: 

09.15 – 09.30 – Registration & coffee

09.30 – 10.30 Introduction and opening talk

  • Dr Angus Ferguson – Welcome
  • Professor Marguerite Dupree – Aspects of the History of Infection Control in British Hospitals since c.1870.

10.30 – 10.45 – Coffee and cake

10.45 – 12.15 Understanding diseases

  • Mona O’Brien – Pox and Poverty: Developments in municipal health care and poor relief in early modern Nuremberg.
  • Frances Osis – Specimen Stories: Finding Venereal Disease in Medical Museums.
  • Dr Hannah-Louise Clark – From Jinn Theory to Germ Theory: Translating Bacteriological Medicine in Colonial Algeria.

12.15 – 13.15 – LUNCH served in the Atrium

13.15 – 14.15 Law and medicine in Scotland (Chair: Dr Angus Ferguson)

  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan & Ross McGregor – A Distinctly Scottish Surgeon? Uncovering Police Surgery in 19th Century Scotland.
  • Dr Jeff Meek – “Lillies, Whitehats and Retired Lawyers”: The Interaction between Law and Medicine in Categorising Homosexual Offenders in Early Twentieth-Century Scotland.

14.15 – 15.45 Responding to reproductive health issues (Chair: Dr Rose Elliot)

  • Vanessa Cook – Analysing silences: accessing men’s emotions towards childlessness during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Paula Blair – The Genetics of Prenatal Diagnosis, c.1950 – 1990: The Case of Malcolm Ferguson-Smith.
  • Dr Maelle Duchemin-Pelletier – Stillbirth in Britain: the experience of women and their partners, 1980-c.2016.

15.45 – 16.30 – Coffee followed by round-table discussion on the history of medicine at University of Glasgow

CPF: Critical Disability Discourses

Critical Disability Discourses is a graduate student journal based out of York University that provides a platform for new and emerging scholars, community researchers, and artists who practice and present critical approaches to disability issues and experiences.

For this ninth installation of the journal, our Editorial Team is casting a wide net to gather research and artwork from a variety of disability perspectives emanating from academic study, personal experience, and community-based projects and advocacy. Full-length articles, short films, audio-based works, and photographic essays are among the diverse range of mediums that contributors may wish to explore.

To challenge established paradigms around the location of knowledge, we aim to prioritize submissions from authors and artists whose identities, stories, communities, and contexts have been excluded or insufficiently represented in dominant disability cultures.

Interested contributors are also invited to propose book and film reviews, or select from a list of suggested titles.

Submission Process and Deadline:

Please send your completed submission or review proposal to CDD Managing Editor, Natalie Spagnuolo, at cdsj@yorku.ca by November 20th 2018.

Please ensure your article follows APA style guidelines and includes both an abstract and list of keywords.

We ask that contributors submitting visual or audio work provide captions, transcripts, and any other content that will help ensure your work can be accessed by our readership.

Authors are responsible for familiarizing themselves with CDD’s submission guidelines, which can be accessed online at

https://cdd.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cdd/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Any inquiries can be sent to cdsj@yorku.ca.

CFP: ‘Ageing, Illness, Care in Literary and Cultural Narratives’, Huddersfield

Date: Thurs 5th – Friday 6th September 2019

Location: University of Huddersfield, UK

Keynotes speakers:

  • Sally Chivers, Trent University, Canada
  • Amelia DeFalco, University of Leeds, UK
  • Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Brandeis University, US (by skype)

Stories about ageing, illness and care permeate ageing societies. Although illness and care are not an inevitable part of ageing, ageing, especially advanced ageing, is often associated with greater infirmity and increasing dependence on others. Common media representations evoke the apocalyptic effects of the burden of care as they pit a younger, able-bodied workforce against an ageing and frail population that threatens to bring financial disaster. And, yet, care is part of all of our lives: we live in a web of relations that support embodied life. As many in the field of feminist ethics of care have shown, serious illness and the care it necessitates focuses our attention on the very nature of selfhood and citizenship, as the prized neoliberal values of autonomy, independence and choice are undermined by intimate relationships between selves. Ageing, illness and care generate a complex nexus of affective, social and political relations and interactions that raise ethical questions about self and other.

Literary and cultural narratives negotiate, and help us to explore, this web of interactions and the complex questions about subjectivity that they raise. Reading and writing about ageing, illness and care also encourages us to engage with the challenges that these may pose to individuals and to society. As we do so, we inevitably consider the representational limits and the possibilities of literary and cultural narratives.

This conference welcomes papers that explore the intersections of ageing, illness and care in literary and cultural narratives in English and other languages; including prose fiction, poetry, life writing, comics, film and the media. Papers may engage with fields such as ageing studies, disability studies, queer studies, philosophy and creative writing, but are not limited to these areas of study. The language of the conference is English.

We invite proposals for:

  • 20-minute papers. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be accompanied by a short biographical note.
  • 10-minute presentations based on a pre-circulated paper to allow for longer and more focused discussion. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be accompanied by a short biographical note
  • Workshops and panels. Panels should consist of three papers and the proposal should include abstracts for the panel and for each of the papers as well as the email address for correspondence. Workshop organisers should send an abstract outlining the scope and nature of the workshop along with details of all participants and the email for correspondence.

Submissions should be emailed to Katsura Sako and Sarah Falcus at
ageing@hud.ac.uk.

Closing date for submissions: 11th February, 2019. Speakers will be
notified of acceptance by 31 March.

This event is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(KAKENHI: Project No. 17KK0030).

CFP: ‘Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference’, Cardiff and Swansea

Date: 27th – 29th June 2019

Location: Cardiff and Swansea, Wales

Closing Date for Proposals: 23.59 GMT on Sunday 18th November 2018

Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference

The organisers are delighted to announce that ABMU Health Board and the University of South Wales are working together with a range of partners towards the next conference ‘Storytelling for Health 2: Patient Stories’, which will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2019. We will be narrowing the focus slightly for this conference to look at how patient experiences are captured, presented and understood through story. We hope this will make for some provocative and productive conversations.

Thursday 27th June will be a student conference hosted by the University of South Wales at the Atrium in Cardiff. Delegates will then go by coach to Swansea to join the first event of the main conference at 7pm on the 27th.

Keynote Performance
We are thrilled that Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance. See https://vimeo.com/98126127 for more details.

The RUFF Story
In the performance of RUFF, Peggy Shaw ruminates on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011 and pays tribute to those who have kept her company over the last 70 years. Peggy says there are dark spots and blanks in her memory now and the performance is a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the dark spots with new insight.

The RUFF Story is an unplugged, storytelling version of the original performance, a freewheeling monologue laced with deadpan humour, arresting honesty and some up to the minute reflections on life before, during and since her stroke.

‘A powerful ode to vulnerability’ – Diva Magazine

Performed by Peggy Shaw
Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Invited Speakers
As well as Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver other invited speakers include Pippa Hardy & Tony Summers of Patient Voices http://www.patientvoices.org.uk/ and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University https://www.keele.ac.uk/nursingandmidwifery/uci/gatheringstories/.

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest news on invited speakers.

Call for Contributions
See more information here
The deadline for submissions is at 23.59 GMT on Sunday November 18th

Booking Information
Book your place now at the early bird rate (full rate from March 1st)
https://storyforhealth2.eventbrite.co.uk
Separate tickets can be purchased for the student event
https://storyforhealth2-student.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please Note
All speakers will be expected to register for the conference. A limited number of bursaries will be available to enable those not funded by organisations or not in receipt of a full time salary to attend. Please contact Prue.Thimbleby@wales.nhs.uk for an application form.

Registration Open: ‘LHIVES: Narratives of HIV’, Manchester

Date: 4-7pm, Friday November 9th 2018

Location: Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

You can now register for free for the LHIVES: Narratives of HIV event in November 9, 4-7pm in Manchester city centre. Tickets are running out fast. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Register at https://www.bugchasingproject.org/lhives.

This event will discuss the role of stigma and diversity in people’s experiences of HIV through a multidisciplinary approach combining media studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology and nursing. The event will launch with a workshop run by the George House Trust, where an expert in HIV and a person living with HIV will talk about their experiences and answer questions from the public. Then, we will have a roundtable with the following speakers:

  • Rusi Jaspal (Professor of Psychology and Sexual Health, De Montfort University),
  • Brian Heaphy (Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester),
  • Jamie Hakim (Lecturer in Media Studies, East Anglia University),
  • Phil Hutchinson (Lecturer in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University) and
  • Michelle Croston (Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University).

After the roundtable, there will be an exhibition of photographs taken as part of Angelia Cabeza’s research for there PhD at the University of Manchester. Free refreshments and cakes will be available.

Event funded by the ESRC and Department of Sociology at The University of Manchester. For any questions, email jaime.garciaiglesias@manchester.ac.uk

CFP: ‘History of Technology and Disability’, International Committee for the History of Technology conference, Poland

Date: 22nd – 27th July 2019
Location: Katowice, Poland
Date for submissions: 15th December 2018
I am seeking panelists for a session on complexity and history of mutual relations between technology and disability for 2019 International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) conference to be held in Katowice, Poland 22-27 July 2019. The panel will engage with the main conference theme (technology and power) by examining the disability-technology relations in local, statewide, and global frameworks. In this panel I hope to explore an entanglement where technology, disability, poverty, gender, and ethnicity intersect – all these aspects influence the accessibility as well as development of instruments, services and “technical literacy”.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • the bio/medical technologies as biopolitical tool
  • strategies and contexts of resistance against bio/medical technologies
  • prosthesis as cultural artefact and political statement
  • dis/emancipatory technologies
  • global and postcolonial aspects of relations between technology and disability
  • special – mainstream – and back again: assistive technologies
  • the cyborgisation of the disabled body
  • disabled users and DIY practices: reusing, repairing and tinkering as inventing
  • the disabled inventors

To submit a proposal please send it to magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl by 15th December 2018, as the session proposals deadline is 15 January 2019. In your proposal please include a 300-word abstract (please keep that limit as the submission system is very strict), as well as one-page CV, both in .doc or .docx format.

To see the original CfP please visit ICOHTEC’s website.

Magdalena Zdrodowska

Jagiellonian University

CFP: ‘Hearing/non-hearing, technology and art’, Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, Denmark

Date: 20th – 23rd August 2019
Location: Aalborg University, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2018
I am looking for panelists for my session on experiencing hearing and non-hearing in technology and art for 2019 Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, which will be held in Aalborg University (Denmark) on August 20-23, 2019. This session is part of Track 4: Art and Technology: Methodologies, Practices, Histories. More information about the track can be found here.

I propose two paths to explore the hearing/non-hearing theme:

The first one is related to do the physical condition of non-hearing, namely the deafness, such as:

  • past, present and future of sound amplification
  • the impact of deaf-targeted amplifying equipment on mainstream technology (e.g. cybernetics, sound film)
  • the deaf experience of sound and music (e.g. vibrations, amplification)
  • the “translation” of music into signing
  • usage of deaf-targeted instruments in art

The second path relates to deliberate non-hearing, especially in urban public spaces:

  • practices of isolation from unwanted/unpleasant/threatening sounds
  • both everyday and artistic strategies of sound elimination or selection
  • architectural aspects of creating quiet or soundproof rooms and spaces
  • headphones, walkman, ipod… – the tools of sound elimination and selection
  • hearing and non-hearing in different cultural contexts

I warmly invite you to consider addressing above-mentioned themes but – as it is just a partial list of pertinent topics – proposals on other issues related to hearing/non-hearing in technology and art are very welcomed.

Those who consider contributing to this or another thematic session at Media Art History are responsible to submit their abstracts on their own. However, I recommend you to contact me first at magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl.

To learn more about the conference in general or about other featured session, please go to http://www.mediaarthistory.org/resound-maincall. On the top of the page there is a link to the conference registration system. Proposals should consist of a 300-word abstract and a short bio. All proposals will undergo a double blind review by the Program Committee. The deadline for submitting the abstract submission is 1st November, but in in case you need more time, please let me know.

The International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology – RE:SOUND is hosted by RELATE (Research Laboratory for Art and Technology), Aalborg University and will be held August 20-23, 2019 in partnership with the STRUER Sound Art Festival and CATCH – Center for Art & Tech in Elsinor.

Magdalena Zdrodowska
Jagiellonian University, Poland