Job: Associate Research Fellow in Disability Studies, Bath Spa University

Contract:  Full-time, fixed-term until 31 March 2020

Salary: £32,548 to £36,613 per annum

Deadline: 1st Feb 2018

Interview date: WC. 29/1/18

About us

At Bath Spa University we work with one clear vision: to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. And we place collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

The Institute for Education is a place where Bath Spa teachers, classroom teachers, education practitioners, academics, and everyone interested in education come together in a community of research and practice. We want to build on our strengths to provide a community for education professionals and to align with the University’s strategic vision.

This role will be working as part of the ‘Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, dis/enfranchisement, dis/parity and dissent’ project aka the D4D project. The project will involve the universities of Bath Spa, Bristol, London, Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool Hope and Bristol Robotics Laboratory based at UWE. Also involved are several community partners, including Accentuate, Screen South, Disability Arts Online, the New Vic Theatre in Stoke, Shape Arts, DadaFest, NDACA, Graeae Theatre, Misfits, along with campaign organisations, grassroots groups, charities and other stakeholders such as Action on Disability and Work and Designability, stroke support groups.

The project will explore multiple issues around the theme of disability and community. It will work across the spectrum of disability, involving close collaboration between researchers, participants, research partners and stakeholder organisations. D4D will seek to enhance agency and challenge discriminatory and excluding practices.

Through its work-streams, the project will seek to inform policy and practice, and alongside our participants, the research team will aim to challenge current perceptions of disability and to introduce new discourses in the field.

About the role

This role will play a key role in supporting the research activities for D4D team members (academic and non-academics) in the D4D project. More detail about the project can be found here: http://d4d.org.uk/

About you (requirements)

You will have completed a PhD (or be about to complete a PhD) in a field that relates to the work of the D4D project. With a working knowledge of research methods and techniques, you will make a clear contribution to the project as a proactive independent researcher.

You will have excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be able to manage a range of research and administrative activities, whilst demonstrating a flexible approach to meet competing deadlines and demands.

Applicants with specific experience within Disability Studies are encouraged to apply. Applicants with lived experience of disability/ experience working with communities/ evidence of commitment to the values embedded in the D4D project are likewise encouraged to apply.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Professor Martin Levinson at m.levinson@bathspa.ac.uk.

How to apply

For further information/to apply on-line please visit jobs.bathspa.ac.uk. Please note CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries should be emailed to hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk.

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include a nursery, childcare vouchers, pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies

Applications from disabled applicants will be welcomed, and the university will endeavour to meet all requests for reasonable adjustment for access or other requirements.

Film Screening: Who’s Your Dandy? featuring Equivalence and Andra Simons, Edinburgh

Date: 7.30pm, Tuesday 28th November 2017

Location: Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

After an inaugural event that packed Filmhouse, Who’s Your Dandy? returns with more off-the-wall, accessible and film-based artworks from Scotland and beyond.

Equivalence, Sandra Alland’s live short story with film by Ania Urbanowska, receives a remount after sold-out shows at Transpose Barbican and Anatomy. Who’s Your Dandy? also features some of the most unique queer and trans shorts in English and sign languages, plus stunning live performance from Andra Simons and filmmaker Joao Trindade.

Watch Equivalence trailer HERE. Watch the Who’s Your Dandy? 2014 promo video HERE. 

Tickets £8/£6, available from Filmhouse Cinema.

The event will be BSL interpreted and/or subtitled, and audio described.

Programmed by Cachín Cachán Cachunga! in association with Filmhouse. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Artist in Residence Workshop, RCPS Glasgow

Date: 6pm, Monday 20th November 2017

Location: Lister Room, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, 232-242 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow is pleased to announce an Artist in Residence workshop, on Monday 20th November, 6pm, in the Lister Room in the College building. This will be an informal creative writing workshop, lead by poet and performer Marianne MacRae. The focus of the Residency is Joseph Lister and Glasgow, and the workshop will make use of our Lister heritage collections and those relating to 19th century Glasgow more widely. You’ll get the chance to delve into our amazing Lister and heritage collections to find inspiration for your work, and Marianne will show how this unusual source material can inspire new writing!

The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. To book just email library@rcpsg.ac.uk or call 0141 221 6072.

CFP: Histories of Disability: local, global and colonial stories, Sheffield

Date: 7th-8th June 2018

Location: University of Sheffield

Deadline: 1st December 2017

Back in 2001, the historian of American deafness Douglas Baynton argued that ‘Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write’ (Baynton, 2001, p. 52). Since then the history of disability has burgeoned with many important studies showing this not only to be a significant field but a vibrant one. But several key areas remain to be thoroughly interrogated. The historiography remains largely limited to America and western Europe, historians have been slow to take up the exciting postcolonial questions explored by literary scholars and sociologists about the relationship between colonialism and disability, and a tendency has remained to treat the western experience of disability as a universal one. This workshop aims to interrogate these biases, shed light on geographical specificity of disability and think more about the global history of disability both empirically and theoretically.

Questions of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • How is the experience and construction of disability specific to time and place?
  • What is the relationship between the local and the global when considering the history of disability
  • How does disability intersect with other identities (such as race, gender, class and religion)?
  • What is the relationship between disability and imperialism/colonialism?
  • How can postcolonial theory help us better historicise the experience of disability?
  • Does the concept of ‘disability’ itself work outside a western context?
  • How are the histories of disability shaped by mobility, movement and travel?

Abstracts of c. 300 words should be sent to Esme Cleall, e.r.cleall@sheffield.ac.uk by 1st December 2017. I’d also be happy to answer any questions.

CFP: New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course, Leeds

Date: 19th – 20th March 2018

Location: Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds

Deadline: 30th November 2017

In recent decades, global research activity around ageing and the life course has grown exponentially. Work in the clinical sciences, and in the established field of gerontology, has explored the challenges and opportunities of ageing through investigations focusing on biological and biosocial elements. More recently, scholars in the humanities and the social sciences working in the field of ageing studies have been turning their attentions to the topic, offering interdisciplinary cultural and social analyses that are theoretically, politically, and empirically engaged. Within this category, a number of scholars across academic disciplines including history of medicine, philosophy, film studies, literature, law, sociology, psychology, and anthropology – and in the cross-disciplinary field of medical humanities – are united by a shared interest in historical perspectives on youth, ageing, and old age.

This two-day conference will bring together scholars whose work engages with the past, to share new perspectives on the role and value of historical approaches to ageing across disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Several key questions will frame the event:

  • What can historical research on ageing and the life-course in the humanities and social sciences offer that is distinctive from modes of enquiry in these areas in the clinical sciences?
  • To consider ageing in historical contexts is to encounter issues of disciplinary boundaries and hierarchies, dominant histories, and canonicity. What is the specific nature of these challenges, and how might they be navigated?
  • Is it enough to reconstruct historical, socio-cultural contexts of ageing? Or should historical projects also develop innovative approaches that will address present-day issues?
  • How might scholars in the humanities and social sciences whose work includes historical approaches work together across disciplinary boundaries?
  • Who are the audiences for historical research in ageing? How might we communicate effectively with the academic sciences, with non-academic audiences, and with policy-makers and public-health organisations?
  • What are the broader implications of this kind of work for developing further knowledge and understanding of the role of historical approaches to the study of human health, disability, disease, minds, and bodies?

We invite contributions in the form of 20-minute papers from scholars at any career stage, and from any discipline in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, broadly construed. Proposals from doctoral and early-career researchers are particularly welcomed. To submit a proposal, email an abstract of 250-300 words, together with a brief biographical note of no more than 150 words to Dr Catherine Oakley (C.M.C.Oakley@leeds.ac.uk), by 30th November 2017.

Papers might engage with the questions outlined above from a particular disciplinary perspective. Further topics could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Senescence and old age
  • Rejuvenation and anti-ageing
  • Childhood, adolescence, and youth
  • Ageing and scientific technologies
  • Families and intergenerational relationships
  • Age and demographic change
  • Ageing in visual and material cultures
  • Ageing, gender, sex and sexuality
  • Work, retirement, and pensions
  • Ethics of ageing
  • Age, ageing, and youthfulness in popular culture
  • Global perspectives on age and ageing

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Hyung Wook Park (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) whose recent book Old Age, New Science posits a close relationship between the emergence of gerontology and changing social perspectives of ageing in the first half of the twentieth century.

The conference is being organised as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project “Endless Possibilities of Rejuvenation: Defying Ageing, Defining Youth in Britain, 1919-1948”, led by Dr James Stark at the University of Leeds.

CFP: BodyWorks: A Conference on Corporeal Representation, Northumbria

Date: 3rd May 2018

Location: Northumbria University

Deadline: 20th January 2018

BodyWorks takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to representations of bodies, embodiment and sensory experience across literature and culture. In doing so, we welcome responses from a range of disciplines, including cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy, arts, history, education, media, social sciences and medical humanities. Through this breadth of intellectual inquiry, the event aims to draw together a range of approaches and methodologies for exploring various facets of the contemporary shift towards studies of the body and emotions in the humanities.

Papers may choose to respond to recent scholarship in affect studies, new materialisms, posthumanism, grotesque theory, feminist theory or queer theory. We invite new perspectives on modes of depicting bodies and emotions, and on representations of physical difference. Broader still, we welcome papers which consider how the somatic and affective turn may influence our understanding of subjectivity, politics, ethics and aesthetics.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Depictions of bodies across space and time
  • Embodied emotions and theories of affect
  • Negotiating gender through the body
  • Sexuality and the body
  • Bodies and issues of subjectivity, selfhood, privacy and publicity
  • Bodies and the impact of class, race and ethnicity
  • Representations of sensory experience
  • Bodies and issues of religion, politics and ethics
  • Bodies as narrative devices
  • Non-human, inanimate and posthuman bodies

We welcome Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students. To participate, please submit an email to the conference conveners containing an abstract of between 200-300 words and a biography no longer than 150 words.

The deadline for submission is 20th January 2018, and we will inform participants around the end of February.

The conference will take place 3rd May 2018, Northumbria University. We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Lisa Blackman from Goldsmiths University, London. Professor Blackman’s work intersects body studies with media and cultural theory. She has written extensively on subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment, including her most recent monograph Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (2012).

Please direct any queries you may have to Jenny Hunter.

Workshop: ‘Narrative Medicine’, Mainz, Germany

Date: 12th-14th January 2018

Location: Mainz, Germany

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, will host a three-day workshop (January 12-14, 2018) on “Narrative Medicine” with faculty from the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. The workshop is based on Rita Charon’s concept of Narrative Medicine. Alternating between plenary lectures and small-group seminars, the faculty will engage participants with close reading, writing and interviewing exercises.

This intensive weekend workshop offers rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation and reflective reasoning. Small group seminars offer first-hand experience in close-reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. Participants will receive a packet of readings prior to the weekend that will include seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators. The target audience is health care professionals and scholars interested in narrative medicine.

The preliminary programme and schedule can be found here. For more information and registration, visit the homepage of Mainz University.

Arts of Breath – series of lecture-performances organised by Life of Breath project, Durham

The Life of Breath Project is pleased to announce ‘Arts of Breath’, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. All events will take place in Durham. For more information see individual event pages below, or contact Sarah McLusky.

All events are free and everyone is welcome. Most are 6.15pm in ER142, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham (except *)

The programme launches on Wed 15 November with Prof David Fuller examining Charles Olson’s breath-related theories of poetic structure and how these ideas were taken up by other poets, including William Carlos Williams. To celebrate the launch, this first event will be followed by a drinks reception, which all attendees are welcome to attend.

The featured image is a detail from ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Sandro Botticelli