CFP: ‘Shaping Identity’, Special Issue of Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law

Within the context of ongoing debates about medical and social models of disability, the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law invites authors to submit new manuscripts that address the ethical and legal implications of interventions aimed at modifying the bodies of individuals with physical or mental impairments or disabilities.

Topics suitable for this Call for Papers include but are not limited to ethical and legal issues emerging from:

  • The use of bionic eyes
  • The use of cochlear implants
  • Prosthetics for everyday use or competitive sports
  • “Normalizing” surgery for individuals with Down Syndrome
  • Limb lengthening surgeries (e.g., for individuals with achondroplasia)
  • The use of growth hormones
  • The use of “neuroenhancement” drugs (e.g., to improve focus, memory, or other cognitive functioning)
  • Laws that influence decision making on behalf of disabled children (e.g., the Swedish law requiring parents to consult with member of the Deaf community prior to agreeing to cochlear implant surgery for their child)
  • Growth attenuation procedures
  • Familial or community pressure to modify or refuse modifications of one’s body

Manuscripts submitted for inclusion in this special issue must be original work and should not be under consideration with any other journal. The word count for submitted manuscripts, including references and notes, should not exceed 5000 words. Manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words.

Authors should adhere to the Journal’s publication guidelines:

Authors should submit their manuscripts and abstracts via email attachments no later than 1st October 2013 to Dr. Yvette Pearson: ypearson[AT]odu[DOT]edu. Please write “JPSL Disability” in the email subject line.

Accepted manuscripts will be published online by 1st March 2014.

National Disabilities Conference 2013 (London, UK)

Date: Thurs 4th July

Location: One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London, SW1V 2QQ


Currently, there are 11 million people in the UK that are disabled. This means that 1 in 5 adults have either serious physical problems, chronic pain or have trouble communicating with others unaided. As we move towards an ageing population, where people are living longer, it is estimated that by the end of our lives almost half of us will be disabled.

With the issues above in mind, GovKnow are proud to present our Disabilities Conference 2013, a forum for discussion and debate on how best to support disabled people to live fulfilling lives, to reach their full potential.

Key issues to be discussed at this conference include: how the government are supporting disabled people through new policies and strategies; the employment and training opportunities available to disabled people; tacking hate crime; supporting independent living; assisting disabled children and their families and building on the success of the Paralympic games to change the perception in society of disabled people to put everyone on an equal footing to succeed.

We are delighted to have the Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP, delivering the keynote addressat this important conference on Supporting Disabled People through Providing Opportunity and Choice. Other sessions in the day will include award winning case studies on assisting disabled people into meaningful employment, as well as a panel discussion on tackling hate crime and supporting vulnerable members of society.

Delegates at this conference will have the opportunity to question speakers, including the Minister for Disabled People, on the key issues pertinent to them and their job roles.

It is clear that if we are to give disabled people the support they need all sectors, including the public, private, third and academic, must come together to discuss how we can integrate systems to provide seamless and first rate services to those who most need them. We look forward to welcoming all stakeholders involved with supporting disabled people and their families in the July 2013.

To book tickets, go to Please use promo code CA13 for exclusive registration rates.

For further information please call 0845 647 7000 or email

CFP: ‘This is my Body’ Conference (Cambridge, 18th-19th November 2013)

This is my Body Conference

18th – 19th November 2013
William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Addenbrooke’s Clinical School, Cambridge


Dr Olivia Will (Department of Surgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital)

Dr Lucy Razzall (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)


The relationship between the mind and the body raises innumerable challenging questions across the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines. For those who come into professional contact with the human body every day in the National Health Service, the mind and the body are usually considered distinct from each other. This is even reflected in the organisational structure of the NHS, where mental health trusts are separate from other healthcare services. Any medical interpretation of the human body, even while it is grounded in empirical evidence, is also inevitably shaped by the intricacies of cultural context, but this is often overlooked in contemporary medicine.

Keynote speaker: Ludmilla Jordanova (KCL)

Call for Papers

This two-day conference aims to return human experience to the centre of medical discussion by bringing scholars of the body from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences together with medical and surgical practitioners from the National Health Service. In engaging with the human body from a wide range of perspectives, this conference will explore the ways in which understandings, experiences, and representations of the body beyond the traditional medical sphere might inform healing and healthcare. This interdisciplinary conference will be the first of its kind ever held at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and will establish an important new interface between the academy and the National Health Service.

We invite proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers from graduate students and senior scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and from medical students and medical/surgical professionals, which will offer disciplinary perspectives on the human body and experiences of embodiment. Papers could address, but are not restricted to, any aspect of the following:

  • physical and mental illness: treatment and recovery
  • roles, identities, and relationships of patients, carers, and doctors
  • injury, wounds, and healing
  • trauma and disfigurement
  • pain and suffering
  • gender and sexuality
  • life-cycles: birth, childhood, puberty, reproduction, ageing, frailty, death

Please email your proposal to Any informal enquiries may be addressed to the conveners, Olivia Will and Lucy Razzall. The deadline for submission is 31st July 2013.

For more information: 

CFP: MMLA, (Mis)Representing Disability

Proposed Panel: (Mis)Representing Disability

Chair: John Allen, Milwaukee Area Technical College

This panel will address how disability has been represented and, especially, misrepresented in American culture (literature, popular culture, film, television, social media, etc.)  Papers may consider the following: How do texts perpetuate stereotypes of people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities and what are the effects of those stereotypes?  How can alternative texts counteract stereotypes and misinformation?  To what degree is misinformation about disability accepted by the general public?  Is disability being intentionally or unintentionally misrepresented?  Panelists are invited to consider literary representations of disability as well as less traditional modes (television, documentary film, commercials, websites, telethons, Public Service Announcements, viral videos, blogs, other social media texts, etc.).

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 14th 2013 to John Allen,

The Midwest Modern Language Association conference will be held in Milwaukee on November 7-10.

The MMLA also offered to create a permanent section for Disability Studies.  If anyone is interested in this possibility, please contact John Allen at