CFP reminder: Disability and Shakespearean Theatre, Glasgow

Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016

This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. In discussing the depiction, treatment, and uses of disability in Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries) alongside analysis of the role of disability in staging of his plays, we hope to encourage interaction between creative practitioners, historians, and literary scholars. Playwright and disability studies scholarProf. Chris Mounsey (University of Winchester) will give the keynote address on “VariAbility in Shakespeare”, in which he will explore alternative ways of responding to the question of the existence of disability in the Early Modern period, and to one of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters: Richard III. Following the symposium, Glasgow-based playwright Molly Ziegler (Notes, Getting it (Back)) has agreed to premier her new play, Let Her Come InLet Her Come In is a one act rewriting of Hamlet, focused on mental illness, gender, and disability.

We are now looking for academics, actors, and creative practitioners of all levels, periods, and fields to submit proposals for 20 minute conference papers, or 5-10 minute position papers for discussion. We invite papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • Disability in contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare
  • 21st-century understanding of (and challenges to) disability on the Shakespearean stage
  • VariAbility and categorisations of disability on stage (especially as applied to cognitive, learning and physical disabilities)
  • Staging disability (actors, prostheses, costumes, etc.)
  • Disabled actors and staging Shakespeare
  • Signed Shakespeare, captioning, and assistive technologies
  • Disabled scholars’ experience of Shakespeare in performance and the academy
  • Cultural and historical concepts of disability in Shakespearean texts
  • The language of disability in Shakespeare
  • Challenging the idea of Shakespeare as savant
  • Disability and Shakespeare’s collaborators and contemporaries
  • Disability studies theory and Shakespearean theatre

Please email an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio to the symposium organisers ( by Friday 15th January 2016. Please indicate if your proposal is for a position paper. There are two small travel bursaries available for postgraduate/early career presenters; the recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short reflection on the symposium, which will be published on the BSA website, the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog, and the symposium website.

If you wish to be considered for one of the postgraduate bursaries, please email us for an application form and submit it with your abstract and bio. We will contact all respondents on the outcome of their proposal by Friday 22nd January 2016. Thanks to funding from the British Shakespeare Association, this symposium will be free to attend for BSA members. Symposium attendees are welcome to join the BSA in advance of the event or on the day.

The symposium venue, the Sir Alwyn Williams Building, is fully accessible, and the symposium will include accommodations such as pre-circulated papers and discussion topics, ending with an interactive roundtable discussion. For more information on access, transport, and the venue please visit our website. If you have any questions, please email the symposium team at, or contact us via @Disability&SS.

Northern Network for Medical Humanities Workshop, Glasgow

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities has finalised the programme for the Glasgow workshop on Friday 22nd January 2016.

Location: Seminar Room One (Yudowitz), Wolfson Medical School, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

Travel bursaries are available for any postgraduate students wishing to attend. If you would like to register for the workshop – and possibly also a bursary – please get in touch with Harriet Ryder at


10.00-10.45: Arrival, Coffee and Welcome (Atrium)

10.45-12.00: Session One: Posthuman Medical Humanities

Chair: Dr Sabine Wieber, History of Art, Glasgow University

  • Dr Sarah Cockram, History, Glasgow University: ‘Living with Companion Animals at the Renaissance Court’
  • Dr Anna McFarlane, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Posthuman Medicine’
  • Dr Douglas Small, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Cocaine and Cultural Mythology, c.1860-1919’
  • Ms Thora Hands, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘Reframing Drink and the Victorians: The consumption of alcohol in Britain 1869-1914’

12.00-12.15: comfort break

12.15-13.30: Session Two: Mental Health

Chair: Dr Sheila Dickson, German, Glasgow University

  • Matt Smith, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘The Magic Years: American Psychiatry’s Take on the History of Post-War American Psychiatry, 1945-1970’
  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan and Prof. Chris Philo, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University: ‘Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces’
  • Dr Ross White, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow University: ‘Understanding the distress of Langi people living in Northern Uganda’
  • Ms Moira Hansen, Scottish Literature, Glasgow University: ‘“Melancholy and low spirits are half my disease”: Physical and mental health in the life and works of Robert Burns’

13.30-14.30: lunch (atrium)

14.30-15.30: Session Three: Textual Cultures

Chair: Dr Christine Ferguson, English Literature, Glasgow University

  • Ms Laura Stevens, Library, Glasgow University, ‘Digitisation of records of Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Crichton Royal Institution’
  • Dr Hannah Tweed, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Medical Paratexts’
  • Dr Megan Coyer, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Blackwood’s Magazine and Nineteenth-Century Medical Humanism’

15.30-16.00: coffee (atrium)

16.00-17.00: Session Four: Ethics and Care

Chair: Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University

  • Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas, Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University (Crichton Campus), ‘Philosophy/theology and understanding spirituality at the end of life in India’
  • Dr Angus Ferguson, Centre for History of Medicine/Economic and Social History, Glasgow University, ‘Medical confidentiality’
  • Dr Lucy Pickering, School of Social and Political Sciences, Glasgow University, ‘Under the Influence: On the Ethics of Research with Active Drug Users’

17.00-18.30: Dr Megan Coyer & Dr Hannah Tweed: Launch of Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network Website.

Glasgow History of Medicine Seminars, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow invite you to a series of seminars on medical history, medical humanities and related topics.

Tuesday 19th January 2016

Dr Hazel Morrison (Durham University), ‘The trans-Atlantic movement of dynamic psychiatry to Gartnavel Mental Hospital, 1908-1921: a conversational perspective’

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Prof. Jane Mcnaughton (Durham University), ‘Elegant Surgery: the beauty of clinical expertise’

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Prof. Marguerite Dupree (University of Glasgow), ‘Microbes to Matrons: aspects of infection control to Scottish hospitals c. 1870-1940’

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Maurits Meerwijk (University of Hong Kong), ‘Scotland, tropical medicine, and the making of dengue fever in East Asia’

Coffee and biscuits will be available from 17.00. All are welcome but placed are limited – please contact the RCPSG to book a free place.

Call: +44 (0)141 221 6072


CFP: ‘Different Adulthoods’, special issue of Feminism and Psychology

‘Different Adulthoods: Normative Development and Transgressive Trajectories’, special issue of Feminism and Psychology

‘Development’ as a unitary, universal and consistent process has been subject to significant critique by critical developmental psychologists such as Erica Burman. The contribution of Burman’s work to interrogating ‘development’ in childhood has been acknowledged recently in the special issue of Feminism & Psychology focusing on the impact of her work. The aim of this special edition is to extend the debate to examine adulthood as a developmental period for deconstruction.

The special issue seeks to offer a significant contribution to understandings of the life course, developing new feminist informed theory around continuities and discontinuities in developmental trajectories. The special issue will address these through three linked, and inter-related, themes drawn from conceptual tools within Burman’s book,Deconstructing Developmental Psychology: deconstructing developmental ‘tasks’; locating development; and the limits of adulthood. These themes enable the following questions:

  • Deconstructing developmental ‘tasks’: How is normative adulthood assumed and naturalized? What are the ‘tasks’ of adulthood (such as becoming a parent or managing an ageing body)? How can these be opened up to critical scrutiny?
  • Locating development: How is adulthood configured within particular geopolitical spaces? How is normative adulthood located within intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, geopolitical location?
  • The limits of adulthood: How do taken for granted assumptions about adulthood position some as unable to claim adult status? Who are seen to be ‘adult’ and what about ‘others’ who transgress normative adulthood?

We welcome papers that address one or more of these questions drawing on empirical work, a review of literature or theoretical arguments. Contributions may be in the form of original articles (up to 8000 words), observations and commentaries (500 to 2000 words), and brief reports (up to 3000 words).  For further details, consult the manuscript submission guidelines at Submissions will be subject to the usual review process. Queries may be sent to the guest editors listed below.

Editors: Lindsay O’Dell, The Open University, UK (; Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Umea University Sweden (; Charlotte Brownlow, University of Southern Queensland (, Australia and Jan du Preez, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (

Deadline for submission of papers is 31st May 2016.

Funded PhDs in ‘disability’ and ‘education’, Sheffield Hallam University

Funded PhDs are now being advertised at Sheffield Hallam University. Two projects within ‘education’ are relevant to those interested in disability studies.

Project 3: Exploring the body in education: thinking through gender and dis/ability

Although the place of the body within education has been theorised in relation to gender and sexuality (e.g. Paechter, 2004), rarely does it engage with the views of disabled children and young people. Yet, disability is an embodied phenomenon which mediates relations to the world (Titchkosky, 2011; Slater, 2015). This research would use ‘the body’ as a place to bring together disability studies, and theories relating to gender, sexualities and education. The student would be joining a team experienced in working creatively with disabled and non-disabled children/young people through scholarship and research. The research would be qualitative and could use creative, participatory and/or arts-based methodologies. For further information, or informal discussion, please contact Dr Jenny Slater (

Project 7: Supporting the development of a sense of self in children and young people with autism

It is now 20 years since Jordan and Powell (1995) claimed that the relationship between self and experience is unique in autism. This study will review what has been learnt since about the ‘experiencing self’ in children and young people with autism and explore how schools currently understand and respond to the concept. This is likely to be an ethnographic study across a number of schools that will utilise observation and interview. Applicants will be able to select an alternative research design but it must be founded upon enabling understandings of autism that respect and celebrate human difference. For further information, or informal discussion, please contact Professor Nick Hodge (

Call For Papers: edited collection, ‘Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies’, ed. by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson et al.

Call For Papers: Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies
Edited by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Katie Ellis, Mike Kent and Rachel Robertson

The collection is a new contribution to global interdisciplinary disability studies. The book will consist of contributions from established and new voices in international disability studies outlining their own manifestos for the future of the field.  Interdisciplinary fields covered will include bio-ethics, social media, cultural studies, disability studies pedagogy, maternal studies, robotics, social sciences, Indigenous peoples, neurodiversity and much more.

We have asked some of the leading scholars in the field to provide a 4000 word manifesto on where they believe the future of critical disability studies lies. These short, sharp chapters will map out future directions for the discipline. A number of prominent writers in this field have already been approached and expressed interest including: the editorial team, Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell, Beth Haller, Gerard Goggin, Baden Offord and Tara Brabazon.

We invite potential authors to submit a chapter abstract of no more than 500 words, including a title, 4 to 6 keywords, and a brief bio, by email to both Dr Mike Kent and Dr Katie Ellis by 30th January 2016. (Please indicate in your proposal if you wish to use any visual material, and how you have or will gain copyright clearance for visual material.) Authors will receive a response by February 28th 2016, with those provisionally accepted due as chapters of 4000 words (including references) by May 30th 2016.

For any queries or further information please contact Mike Kent through