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

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.

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

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:


To register, go to the BSA website here

BSA member/concessions – £15

BSA non-member/full fee – £20

For further information, please email, or

CFP: Edited Collection on Disability and Research

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