The Dancing Wheels Company (Dance Position)

Dancing Wheel is currently seeking sit-down (wheelchair) dancers for employment in the 2013-2014 season.

Dancing Wheels, now celebrating its 32nd season, works with national and internationally acclaimed choreographers each year. The Company’s diverse repertory includes over 45 works from such esteemed choreographers as Donald McKayle, David Rousseve, Peter Kalivas, Nai-Ni Chen, Robert Wesner, Mark Tomasic, Christopher Fleming and Dianne MacIntyre.

The dance position offers a full 52-week contract, compensation according to experience, paid vacation and an opportunity to travel throughout the USA and abroad (with all expenses paid).  Ballet, modern and strength training classes are offered throughout the week for Company members.

The company is seeking strong wheelists either with dance experience or the interest and ability to learn diverse choreography.   Candidates for this position must be adept at daily wheelchair mobility and able to navigate well, be a team player and have the interest and ability to educate audiences about disability and dance. Dancers are required to work Monday-Friday 10-3 and travel on tour when necessary.

Auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis.  Send resume, headshots and samples of work, if available.  Please e-mail Mary Verdi-Fletcher at to schedule an audition date.

Audition Location: 3615 Euclid Ave., 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone:  216-432-0306  Fax:  216-432-0308

Children’s relationships, embodied social capital & disability: connecting scales of inclusion & exclusion (Conference)

Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK.

10.00am – 5.00pm, 9th July 2013

Keynote speaker:  Professor Gill Valentine

Panel members include: Professor Deborah Youdell, Professor Janice McLaughlin

This one day conference is an end of project event. The project has explored how children’s social relationships play a part in processes of inclusion and exclusion in contemporary schooling. The research has examined how children’s everyday practices in school, home and leisure spaces creates embodied social capital, (re)producing disability as an identifier that that intersects with other ‘axes of power’ (e.g. class, gender, ethnicity) to reproduce or transform enduring material inequalities.

Findings illuminate issues such as: the significance of relationships to school and social inclusion, hierarchies of accepted identities, structural factors (e.g. transport, support networks, leisure activity provision), interventions made in children’s relationships, the role of special schools, and methodological approaches.

Further information about the project is available at the project website.

We would especially like to invite parents, children and young people, policy makers, and researchers of education, children and youth, geography, sociology and disability studies to participate in this event.

The conference will include a keynote speech by Professor Gill Valentine, presentation of project findings, panel discussions, and workshops. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.  Please confirm attendance.

Deadline for registration: 8th MayEmail for enquiries and registration.

Wellcome Trust Pre-application Mentoring Workshop (Glasgow)

Please can I draw your attention to the two Wellcome Trust pre-application mentoring workshops to be held in the University of Glasgow on 7th May 2013.

Both Medical History/Humanities and Ethics and Society streams will be represented. Further details are below. Please feel free to circulate this information to colleagues who may be interested (including potential postdoctoral fellowship applicants).

If you are interested in attending one of these workshops (academics from a number of different HEIs will be present), please contact Susan Bassam ASAP using the contact details in the above webpages – they will be closing to applications very soon.


Imperfect Children (Conference Registration)

A two day conference hosted by The Centre for Medical Humanities
University of Leicester, 5th-7th September 2013

We invite you to attend the conference hosted by the Centre for Medical Humanities where the controversial concept of ‘imperfect’ children will be discussed. The conference will take place on 6-7 September, at our brand new and state of the art facilities in Salisbury Road, Leicester. During the conference prominent scholars from around the world will venture to explore the concept and language of imperfection.  During two whole days punctuated with lunch, tea and dinner we will consider topics such as mental or physical impairment; the ‘look’ of children; cosmetic surgery; biological or eugenic definitions of imperfection; community, familial and societal reactions to imperfection; childhood imperfection in literature and art; and the construction of feral youth in contemporary and historical populations.

Some of the fascinating lectures to be given during the conference:

  • Claire Treney (Royal Holloway), ‘Insane innocents: The depiction of mentally ill children in 12th and 13th century English miracles’.
  • Ally Crockford (Edinburgh), ‘Playful little Monsters: Considering the monstrous child in nineteenth-century fiction’.
  • Miriam Schneider (St Andrews), ‘Imperfect immaculates: Impaired heirs to the throne and “educational experiments” in nineteenth-century European monarchies’.
  • Shannon Conley (Arizona), ‘The perfect embryo: Navigating the policy discussion of pre-implantation genetic diagnostics in the UK and Canada’.
  • Irmtraut Sahmland (Philipps-Universität Marburg), ‘Cretensim in the 1840s’.
  • Wilfried Rudolff (University of Kassel), ‘The social and cultural construction of the handicapped child in West Germany in the Sixties and Seventies of the 20th Century’.

This conference will be of great interest to scholars of History, Archaeology, Art History and English through the social sciences and to biological and engineering or physical sciences. Due to the limited number of places please return the Imperfect Children Conference Booking Form as soon as possible.

PhD Studentship: Bilingualism in High Functioning Autism

University of Reading, Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Supervisor: Professor Ianthi Tsimpli

Project Overview:   

The project aims to investigate the effects of bilingualism (simultaneous or sequential) in children with High Functioning Autism on performance in linguistic and cognitive tasks. The emphasis is on the investigation of narrative abilities, measures of verbal and non-verbal coherence and measures of cognitive and affective mind reading skills. A series of behavioural and eye-tracking protocols will be used.

The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences has a thriving research community of over 60 PhD students, as well as state-of-the-art research facilities including a dedicated neuroscience centre offering both fMRI and EEG.


  • Successful candidates will have an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Psychology or related discipline (First class or 2i degree, or those expecting to graduate with these degrees), and outstanding research potential
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU.

Funding Details:

  • The studentship is available from October 1st 2013 and includes payment of UK/EU level tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of ~£13,500 per annum.

How to apply:   

In the first instance, applicants should express their interest by sending a CV and a 500 word summary of their research interests to Dr Claire Williams, School Director of Research Students (

Please quote the reference GS13-29 in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  Friday 10th May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Further Enquiries:  For further details please contact Dr Claire Williams, School Director of Research Students (

Call for Contributions: Critical Perspectives on Disability, Syracuse University Press

The Critical Perspectives on Disability series ( invites new manuscripts that explore the place of people with disabilities in society through the lens of disability studies, critical special education, disability law and policy, and international human rights. The series publishes books from such disciplines as sociology, law and public policy, history, anthropology, the humanities, educational theory, literature, communications, the study of popular culture, and diversity and cultural studies. We are interested in books that are designed to cross disciplinary and national boundaries and to appeal to diverse audiences. If you are working on a manuscript or have completed one in our field of interest, we encourage you to write us about your work.

The inaugural volume in the series, Steven Taylor’s Acts of Conscience: World War II, Mental Institutions, and Religious Objectors garnered attention from NPR, Choice, and the Washington Post. This volume was followed by Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge, edited by Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson and Jen Cellio, in 2011, and Picturing Disability: Beggar, Freak, Citizen, and Other Photographic Rhetoric, by Robert Bogdan with Martin Elks and James Knoll in 2012. Forthcoming titles include Disability Rhetoric by Jay Dolmage, and the contributed volume Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education, edited by Arlene Kanter and Beth Ferri.

Three scholars from Syracuse University guide the series as editors and offer diverse approaches from the university’s Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, the School of Education, and the College of Law.

Series Editors:

Steven J. Taylor,
Centennial Professor of Disability Studies and Codirector of the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies School of Education, Syracuse University

Arlene Kanter,
Professor of Law, Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program and Codirector of the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies College of Law, Syracuse University

Beth A. Ferri,
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Program in Special Education School of Education, Syracuse University

Please contact acquisitions editor Suzanne E. Guiod ( to request a proposal form, or visit our website for more information:

London Comedy Forum: Disability, Comedy, Laughter

The Next Meeting of the London Comedy Forum
Friday 12th April 2012, 18.30- 20.30
Room 801 (8th Floor) Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL.

Dr. Sharon Lockyer, of the School of Social Scences at Brunel University will talk about her funded project on Disability and Comedy and her interviews with disabled comedians.

Dr. Caspar Addyman, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, will talk about his research into infant behaviour, learning and development, and in particular,  laughter in early childhood.

Dr Sophie Quirk of the Drama Department at the University of Kent will talk about her own research into stand-up comedy and some socio-cultural implications of performed comedy.

The London Comedy Forum is an opportunity for researchers from a range of disciplines, including performers, philosophers, educational theorists, psychologist and sociologists, to meet and discuss their research on comedy. We will hold a meeting every other month, in which there will be an invited speaker or panel discussion, hosted by either the Institute of Education, University of London or Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

This event is free and does not require advance registration. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. For more information, please contact Dr. Ian Wilkie at

Ian Wilkie (IoE) and Shaun May (RCSSD)
Convenors of the London Comedy Forum,

PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow

Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Studentship:

T. Ferguson Rodger: ‘social psychiatry’, ‘mad dreaming’, and ‘rethinking mental health’

Professor of Psychological Medicine at Glasgow University (1948-1973) and consultant psychiatrist at Glasgow hospitals, Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907-1978) straddled a time of massive change when older ‘asylum-based’ psychiatry was challenged by emergent general hospital- and community-based psychiatry.  The PhD will explore Rodger’s contribution along three axes: (i) to situate him within a genealogy of humanities-informed Scottish, British and ‘Western’ psychiatry, including as a progenitor of R.D. Laing (given his first job by Rodger); (ii) to reconstruct his hybrid psychiatric approach, which was neuroscientific and hospital-facing on the one hand, but ‘social’ and community-facing on the other; and (iii) to disclose the intimacies of his practice, wherein the fine-grain of an individual’s life, problems and ‘delusions’ became centralised (almost to the point of being psychoanalytic)

The chosen scholar will have an undergraduate/masters background in literary studies, history and/or human geography, and must display a clear aptitude for multi-disciplinary research. S/he will be identified as the Medical Humanities Research Centre’s Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD student, in collaboration with Geographical and Earth Science.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Gavin Miller (Critical Studies) and Prof. Chris Philo (Geographical and Earth Sciences), and in consultation with Mrs Moira Rankin (Senior Archivist, Glasgow University Archives). The Studentship will begin no earlier than 1 September 2013 and no later than 31 March 2014.

For full details, including how to apply:

Clinical Practice and the Value of Narrative (NHS Workshop)

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Location: Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, School of English, University of Leeds, Cavendish Road, Leeds LS2 9JT

Presented by Professor Stuart Murray, School of English and Leeds Centre for Medical, Humanities, University of Leeds and Professor Brendan Stone, School of English and Sheffield Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Sheffield.

This seminar will look at the ways in which narratives of medicine and health function in the day-to-day world of everyday health, in areas such as assessment, diagnosis, treatment and user experience; and the engaged nature of these narratives as they work in the world of healthcare.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the University of Leeds and Arts and Minds Network. To book please click here

Clinical Practice and the Value of Narrative