CFP: ‘Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies’, Liverpool Hope

Location: Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Date: 3rd – 4th July 2019

Deadline for abstracts: 1st February 2019

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof Tanya Titchkosky, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Laurence Clark, Independent, UK

Interdisciplinarity is increasingly recognised as pivotal in the academy, as reflected in the work of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS), whose major collaborations include the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, the book series Literary Disability Studies, and the multi-volume project A Cultural History of Disability. Although far from straightforward in practice, the premise of the CCDS is that interdisciplinarity leads to curricular reform that itself leads to changes in social attitudes. Growing appreciation of disability studies across the fields and disciplines ultimately contributes to the erosion of ableism and disablism in culture and society, from which there grows both space and opportunity for non-normative achievements and aspirations.

The organisers of the 5th biennial CCDS conference welcome proposals from academics, students, and other interested parties for papers that explore the benefits of interdisciplinarity between Disability Studies and subjects such as Aesthetics, Art, Business Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Education Studies, Film Studies, Genre Studies, History, Holocaust Studies, International Studies, Literary Studies, Literacy Studies, Management Studies, Media Studies, Medical Humanities, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Professional Studies, Special Educational Needs, Technology, and Women’s Studies. This list is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.

Paper proposals of 150-200 words should be sent to on or before 1st February 2019.

Paper presentations are allocated 20 minute slots and themed panels of 3 papers are encouraged.

The organisers are indebted to previous keynote speakers Julie Allan, Len Barton, Peter Beresford, Fiona Kumari Campbell, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Dan Goodley, Robert McRuer, David T. Mitchell, Stuart Murray, Katherine Runswick-Cole, and Sharon L. Snyder, whose presentations have led this project and in some cases are now freely available on the CCDS YouTube channel.

CFP: ‘Working together: collaboration beyond the academy in research in dementia and culture’, London

Location:Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London
Date: Friday 23rd November 2018
Deadline for abstracts: 30th September 2018
Working together: collaboration beyond the academy in research in dementia and culture. A Dementia and Cultural Narrative Network event.

Organisers: Dr Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Raquel Medina (Aston University)

Those working in the broad area of dementia and cultural narrative are very likely to cross disciplinary boundaries and engage with the research challenges and opportunities such boundary crossing involves. For Humanities scholars, this may mean moving beyond the academy to work with healthcare professionals, dementia support organisations, families and carers, and people with dementia. From large international collaborative projects to small-scale local partnerships, academics and non-academics are working together in the area of dementia and cultural narrative to advance research that has real-world impact. This one-day event aims to showcase and discuss this research, with the aim of sharing best practice.

We welcome academics, healthcare professionals, service users and others to contribute to this event.

Keynote speaker: Dr Andrea Capstick, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, University of Bradford

We do welcome traditional 15-minute papers, but we are particularly interested in proposals for alternative formats such as workshops, round tables and activity-based sessions. Length for these can be negotiated. We also welcome posters. Do contact the event organisers if you would like to discuss an alternative format.

Areas that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:
  • Putting people with dementia at the heart of research;
  • Working with families and carers;
  • Methodological unfamiliarity: challenges and opportunities;
  • Innovative ideas emerging from collaborative projects;
  • Empirical research and the humanities;
  • Negotiating institutional barriers and opportunities;
  • Working across countries and cultures;
  • Questions of ethics.
Please feel free to propose other topics.
Please send 300-word abstracts along with a biographical note to by 30th September 2018.

Dementia and Culture Narrative Network:

CFP: ‘Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future of Mental Health Rhetoric Research’, RHM

CFP: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, 2020 Special Issue

“Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future of Mental Health Rhetoric Research”

Deadline for abstracts: 1st December 2018

In the inaugural issue of the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (RHM) J. Fred Reynolds (2018) offered a “A Short History of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (MHRR)” in which he compellingly documented the “significant body of work applying the tools and terms of rhetoric to the world of mental health” that emerged in the 1980s and continues today, if in fits and starts (p. 1). Reynolds’ history raises important questions on how the issues and challenges unique to MHRR create space for the field to set a specific agenda for its development—to make explicit the major epistemological assumptions, the key questions, and the various vantage points that will undergird the future of this important area of inquiry.

As each iteration of the DSM proliferates diagnostic categories and protocols, as various constituents comment on the status of mental health around the globe, and as mental health-related words and phrases enter solidly and uncritically into healthcare practices and popular lexicons, the importance of MHRR is undeniable. While a number of fields study issues of mental health from a humanistic perspective, rhetorical research on mental health distinguishes itself through a focus on discursive and symbolic communication, especially acts of persuasion and identification. Rhetorical approaches are not limited to textual analysis, however, and also account for factors like social conditions, identity, embodiment, power relations, location, materiality, and circulation. MHRR attends to the rhetorics of neuroscience, medicine, and psychiatry in connection with their cultural warrants; places judgments of in/sanity in rhetorical-historical context; follows mental health categories and diagnoses through clinical, professional, and personal settings; considers representations of mental health in medical and professional documents as well as popular media; and connects rhetorical appeals to strategies of activism and advocacy.

In the past, rhetoricians have studied issues of mental health from a variety of (inter)disciplinary angles: technical/professional writing vantages (Reynolds, Mair, & Fischer; Berkenkotter; Holladay); critiques of the linguistic entanglements of the professionals who seek to treat mental health (McCarthy & Gerring; Berkenkotter & Ravotas); examinations of how publics encounter and make sense of mental difference (Leweicki-Wilson; Segal; Emmons; J. Johnson; Price; D. Johnson Thornton); and through studies of “patients’” discursive behaviors (Prendergast; Molloy; Uthappa). The 2020 special issue of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine will ask writers to engage this important body of research as well as scholarship in RHM more generally, but it will also ask writers to make connections between this area of emphasis and related bodies of scholarship (such as disability studies) and to productively critique, challenge and extend this work.

As MHRR moves forward, this special issue of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine seeks to present RHM’s growing readership with some thoughtful perspectives to consider, for example:

Contemporary Nomenclature

  • What are the exigencies and consequences of labeling a set of behaviors Illnesses? Disorders? Disabilities?
  • What are the dominant models for conceptualizing and treating mental health conditions, and what appeals are used to support them rhetorically? What individuals, organizations, or communities resist the dominant models and/or suggest alternative ways of addressing mental health conditions?
  • Should rhetoricians work to end unhelpful labels or to aid in the amelioration of mental illness symptoms?
  • How do neurorhetorics relate to mental health rhetoric research? Are these things synonymous? Complementary? Adversarial?
  • How do discourses surrounding mental health patients’ compliance/ adherence/ concordance with treatment plans and protocols impact quality of care?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

  • How might rhetoricians illuminate the changes that occurred in diagnostic categories and criteria between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM V? Between other versions? Between the DSM and the ICD?
  • How might a MHRR scholar bring important insight to ancillary DSM texts and diagnostic tools, such as case books, guidebooks, and protocols?
  • What might MHRR challenge the ubiquity and power of the DSM? What alternatives for diagnostic precision might MHRR and technical communicators offer?

Clinical Practice

  • What can MHRR learn from case histories, patient records and other artifacts from clinical practice?
  • What might we learn from patient “noncompliance?”
  • How might MHRR contribute directly to bodies of knowledge (in psychology, social work, psychiatry, etc.) that inform clinical practice?
  • What exigencies drive pharmacological interventions?
  • What insights might MHRR lend to critical discussions of clinical conversations

Institutional spaces and places

  • What insights might rhetorical lenses add to the deinstitutionalization movement and to the wider publics that continue to support or critique it?
  • How might MHRR intervene in or comment usefully on the penal system’s encounters with mental difference?
  • What is the relationship between the “mental hospital” as a monolith and a real, brick-and-mortar site?

Intersectional Perspectives on Mental Health

  • How can intersectional approaches to academic research add critical depth to studies in MHRR?
  • In what ways do experiences of race, disability, gender, sexuality, class, and other marginalized identities affect the rhetoric of mental health?
  • How do such experiences and identities affect the delivery of mental health and psychiatric treatment?

Disability and MHRR

  • How might theories and scholarship from disability studies inflect MHRR, including studies of normativity, disabled embodiment, disability policy, social stigma, and disability justice?
  • What are the intersections between mental health rhetorics and disability rhetorics?
  • What can rhetoricians add to the neurodiversity movement? What are the limits of neuroatypicalities?
  • Where can rhetorical theory help illuminate and analyze the lived experiences of people with mental and psychiatric disabilities?

Mental Health in Public(s)

  • What models of public rhetoric and public health might be usefully employed to investigate the rhetoric of mental health?
  • How does medical rhetoric about mental health figure into debates on public policy related to education, social welfare, employment, and the criminal justice system?
  • Where can MHRR make connections between discourses of mental health and its representations in popular media such as fiction, television, film, and social media?
  • How can MHRR illuminate the processes through which people are interpellated into self-diagnoses in non-clinical forums and media?

These themes are meant to be generative rather than exhaustive. Please do propose essays and hybrid pieces that extend, challenge or otherwise engage with this call in unexpected ways. The editors and guest editors look forward to reading proposals for traditional academic articles, but are also eager to hear your ideas for other RHM genres—persuasion briefs, dialogues, commentaries, and review essays.  If you are new to this topic or work in a field outside rhetoric, we encourage you to consider reading Fred Reynolds’ 2018 article on MHRR mentioned above and reviewing some of the research listed in the bibliography below.

This special issue will be co-edited by Cathryn Molloy & Drew Holladay in consultation with the RHM co-editors. Special issue proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the journal’s editorial board, and manuscripts will undergo the same rigorous peer review process as regular submissions.

Cathryn & Drew are very willing to answer email queries: and

Please email 500-1000 word proposals (excluding citations) to by 10th December 2018.

Completed manuscripts for accepted proposals will be due 25th March 2018.

CFP: ‘Representations of Deafness in Literature and Culture’, JLCDS

Call for Papers, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Special issue: Representations of deafness in literature and culture

Guest editors: Christopher Krentz and Rebecca Sanchez

Abstract deadline: 15th July 2019

What does deafness mean in societies commonly centered on speech and hearing?  Throughout human history, deaf people have been a small but significant presence on the social margins.  How have deaf people been depicted, and how have they depicted themselves?  How have sign languages figured in the equation?  What happens when deafness is used as a trope in a literary work even if no physically deaf people are present?  What is the relationship between representations and deaf people’s material status in a society?  If, as Tobin Siebers argues, “different bodies require and create new modes of representation,” then what forms and processes of representation emerge in deaf contexts?  For this special issue of JLCDS we seek articles that explore the ways deafness and deaf people have been represented in literature, film, or other media and how these presentations might expand our understandings of representation itself.

Contributors might investigate what these stories reveal (or don’t) about deaf experience and what they index about questions of communication, normality, and minority cultures. Since the 1990s, scholars such as Lennard J. Davis, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Dirksen Bauman, Jennifer Esmail, Jennifer Nelson, Kristen Harmon, Edna Sayers, and John Lee Clark have shown what a fruitful area of inquiry this can be.  How might we extend or revise their findings?

Other possible topics:

  • Representations that have been largely hidden/overlooked but have great value. What and whose stories are not being represented and what does it mean to read for these absences?
  • Medieval, Renaissance, or other historical representations, and how the representation relates to its historical moment and to today.
  • International deaf identities.
  • Deaf of color stories, deaf gender stories, deaf trans stories, deaf immigrant stories, deaf queer stories, deaf disability stories, deaf stories of class: To what extent is deafness represented/presented/storied (or not) as intersectional?
  • Considerations of what changes when deaf people write for themselves or portray deaf characters in films or on the stage.
  • The ethics and politics around hiring #deaftalent.
  • The tradition of hearing actors portraying deaf characters.
  • The significance of language in representation. What does it mean to be (always? only?) represented in a language (and/or linguistic modality) that is not one’s own?
  • The relationship between representation and (intended) audience.
  • Considerations of which stories about deafness are covered by contemporary mainstream media outlets and what effects this has on the lives of deaf people.
  • The relationship between genre and meaning.  How is poetry different from prose?  Fiction from nonfiction?  What is the relationship between genre and representation?
  • Which stories about deafness have been retold multiple times? What investments does that suggest?
  • The accessibility of contemporary media featuring stories of/by/about deaf people to deaf and other disabled audiences.


15th July 2019: submission of a 500-word proposal for articles or a 150-word proposal for reviews and a one-page curriculum vitae to the guest editors at and

August 2019: prospective authors notified of proposal status.

February 2020: Full versions of selected papers due to editors.

May 2020: Finalists selected.  Decisions and revisions on submissions sent to authors.

August 2020: Final, revised papers due.

CFP: Diversity and Mental Illness Workshop, Oxford (TORCH)

Date: 24th October 2018

Location: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford

Deadline: 15th September 2018

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford, and the Phenomenology and Mental Health Network, The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St. Catherine’s College, present a one-day workshop on Diversity and Mental Illness, as part of TORCH’s annual headline series ‘Humanities & Identities’.


  • Marcin Moskalewicz & Bill Fulford

Confirmed speakers:

  • Michael A. Schwartz (Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA)
  • Giovanni Stanghellini (Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy)


When speaking of diversity we usually focus on class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability, and forget mental disorders. Is this merely a coincidence, an oversight, or a sign of a deeper stigma? While contemporary cosmopolitan populations value the diversity of class, race, gender, etc., they often disvalue the diversity that is an inevitable consequence of mental syndromes. Our tolerance for radical mental otherness seems quite narrow. Modern mental health care calls for conformity and not for diversity, and it often pathologizes emotional and behavioral plurality of human beings. The goal of this workshop is to explore the question of diversity in mental health care from a transdisciplinary perspective cutting across medical humanities, history and philosophy of psychiatry, and phenomenological psychopathology.


Is there a stigma in our culture that prevents us from seeing some benefits of mental illness (such as those cherished by the neurodiversity movement)? What are these benefits? How to practice radical inclusivity today? Should we seek a balance within the often conflicting values in mental health care? Or must we rather learn to acknowledge the incompatible and irreducible variety of worldviews? Should the acceptance of a radically different perception of the world – such as a delusional one – be unconditional? What will a person-centered approach to mental disorders gain from assuming the diversity perspective?


We invite proposals of 20-30 minutes talks as well as posters. Please submit a 300-500 words abstract of your talk/poster to Deadline: 15th of September 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.


Attendance is free of charge. Refreshments and lunch for the speakers will be provided. Limited funds are available to assist PhD students and Post-Docs with travel expenses. If you are in need of such support, please submit a request together with your abstract.

CFP: Edited Collection, ‘Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints’

Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches


  • Stephanie Grace-Petinos
  • Leah Pope Parker
  • Alicia Spencer-Hall

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 1st October 2018

We invite abstract submissions for 7,500-word essays to be included in an edited volume on the topic of Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints. Because saints’ cults in the Middle Ages centralized the body-those of the saints themselves, those of devotees, and the idea of the body on earth and in the afterlife-scholars of medieval disability frequently find that our best sources are those that also deal with saints and sanctity. This volume therefore seeks to foster and assemble a wide range of approaches to disability in the context of medieval saints’ cults. We seek contributions
spanning a variety of fields, including history, literature, art history, archaeology, material culture, histories of science and medicine, religious history, etc. We especially encourage contributions that extend beyond Roman Christianity (including non-Christian concepts of sanctity) and that extend beyond Europe/the West.

For the purposes of this volume, we define “disability” as broadly including physical impairment, diversity of bodily forms, chronic illness, neurodiversity (mental illness, cognitive impairment, etc), sensory impairment, and any other variation in bodily form or ability that affected medieval individuals’ role and treatment in their communities. We are open to topics spanning the medieval period both temporally and geographically, but also inclusive of late antiquity and the early modern era. The editors
envision essays falling into three units: saints with disabilities; saints interacting with disability; and theorizing sanctity/disability.

We welcome proposals on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Phenomenology of saints’ cults with respect to disability, e.g. pilgrimage, feast days, liturgy, etc;
  • Materiality of sanctity involved in reliquaries, shrines, and relics;
  • Doctrinal approaches to disability in relation to sanctity and holiness;
  • Sanctity and bodies in the archaeological record;
  • Intersections of disability and race/gender/sexuality/etc in hagiography, art, and material culture;
  • Healing miracles and disabling miraculous punishments;
  • Cross-cultural approaches to sanctity and disability;
  • Saints who wrote about disability;
  • Specific saints with connections to concepts of disability, e.g. Margaret of Antioch, Cosmas and Damian, Francis of Assisi, Dymphna, etc;
  • Theorizing sanctity in relation to disability; and
  • Saintly figures in non-hagiographic genres.


1st Oct 2018 – Proposals due

31st Oct 2018 – Replies sent to proposals

30th Nov 2018 – Volume proposal submitted to press (contributors will provide short abstracts and bios)

31st May 2019 – Essays due from contributors

30th Aug 2019 – Editors deliver extensive feedback to contributors

15th Jan 2020 – Revised essays due from contributors

3rd April 2020 – Full volume manuscript delivered to press

Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words, along with a short author bio and a description of any images you anticipate wanting to include in your essay, to the editors at by Monday 1st October 2018.

CFP: ‘Subjectivity, Self-Narratives and the History of Emotions Masterclass’, Sussex

Date: 16th – 18th January 2019

Location: Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex

Deadline: 27th July 2018

Subjectivity, Self-Narratives and the History of Emotions Masterclass:
A British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Event

Where many History of Emotions studies have focused on norms and discourses, this event asks how we can explore how thoughts and feelings could be articulated, expressed and repressed through what is understood as individual subjectivities. This approach is crucial if we are to understand why people act in certain ways and thus how historical change occurs. In short, it focuses on exploring subjective experience and emotional practices: the way in which emotions are performed and produced by a historically-situated body. This British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Event comprises of a two-day masterclass, which links up Early Career Researchers with leaders in the field, and a one-day international symposium. The event will focus on knowledge sharing and network creation to build future collaborations.
Applications are invited from Early Career Researchers for approximately 15 participants for a two-day masterclass (16th – 17th January 2019) led by leaders in the field of the History of Emotions and historical subjectivities. There will be four workshop sessions over the first two days, each led by a mentor, including:

  • Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
  • Thomas Dixon (QMUL)
  • Claire Langhamer (Sussex)
  • Penny Summerfield (Manchester)

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for participants to closely engage with experts in the field, and to work in a methodologically rigorous way with different approaches to emotions and subjectivities. At the core of the masterclass will be a focus on close engagement with participants’ work and discussion of creative methodologies, as well as a development of cross-period perspectives (from early modern to modern).

The masterclass will then be followed by a one-day international symposium on 18th January 2019, which will promote engagement on an international scale and include keynote speakers such as William Reddy, Ute Frevert, Tim Hitchcock as well as keynotes from the masterclass convenors, Lyndal Roper, Thomas Dixon, Claire Langhamer and Penny Summerfield, and which masterclass participants will be expected to attend.

Participants will be asked to bring a primary source in which emotions and/or subjectivities can be explored to the masterclass, and to pre-circulate amongst other participants and mentors a short piece of writing outlining their research project(s) and the methodological questions and approaches that they are engaged with relating to emotions and subjectivities (approx. 1000 words). This will allow for ideas and approaches to be shared and productively discussed. A reader with relevant texts for each session will be circulated in the months prior to the masterclass. Through these sessions, we aim to cultivate a network on emotions and subjectivities and enable participants and mentors continue to work with each other after the event.


Applicants are requested to submit a CV, short bio (200 words max), and explanation of motivation (500 words max). In the explanation of motivation please indicate the relevance of your research to the themes of the event, outline what questions you would like to work through in the masterclass and how your research might benefit from participating. Please also give a brief description of the possible primary source you would bring to the masterclass and its thematic relevance.
Applications should be sent to the following email address:

The deadline for completed applications is 27 July 2018. Please email Emilia the Event Co-ordinator at the email below if you have any queries regarding the event or application.

Financial Assistance

A contribution towards travel and accommodation expenses will be provided. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the two-day masterclass and one-day symposium.

Conference Organiser
Dr Laura Kounine:

Event Co-ordinator
Emilia Halton-Hernandez:

For more information, please see:

CFP: ‘Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers Conference’, Dublin

Date: Friday 12th October 2018

Location: Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin

Deadline: Friday 27th July 2018

Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers: Expanding the Borders of Dysfluency Studies 

Keynote speaker: Chris Eagle, Emory University, Centre for the Study of Human Health (Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature, 2014; Talking Normal: Literature, Speech Disorders, and Disability, ed. 2013)

The conference will explore the embodied experience and cultural construction of stammering from the collaborative perspectives of literary/cultural analysis, speech therapy and neurological research. The aim of the conference is to develop an interface between literary, cultural and clinical practice in the area of speech ‘disorders’, generating new forms of communication and exchange across these fields.

Despite the centrality of literary/cultural studies to the emergence of Dysfluency Studies (Marc Shell, Stutter 2005; Chris Eagle, Dysfluencies 2014), the 2017 Oxford Dysfluency Conference had no humanities-based papers. This conference addresses this imbalance, bringing cultural analysis into genuine exchange with scientific and therapeutic practice, and necessarily negotiating the tension between a medically-inflected model of ‘recovery’ and an emergent challenge to cultural constructions of ‘normal’ speech. Dysfluency is explored less as a ‘disorder’ to be treated, than a form of communication that highlights the intricate relationship between speaking and being heard, vocal agency and cultural reception.

Literary culture has provided a rich and complex store of information about how stammering has been represented and interpreted at different historical junctures, within diverse cultural contexts and in relation to the variables of gender, class and ethnicity. The stammer has also been harnessed as a metaphor for how literary language works, how it operates at the limits of its expressive resources, occupying a territory that circles the paradoxical power of the ineffable. Recent work in the humanities, however, has signalled the need to balance such metaphorical readings with a sense of the corporeal experience of dysfluency, what Jay Dolmage has called ‘the embodied struggle for expression’ (Disability Rhetoric 2014). This renewed focus on embodiment invites diverse, interdisciplinary approaches that serve to accentuate the embodied experience of stammering in its neurological, therapeutic and cultural forms.

Proposals are welcomed for twenty-minute papers in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Normative Speech and Varieties of Expression: cultural constructions of ‘normal’ speech and the representation of ‘counter voices’ of dysfluency.
  • Rethinking ‘Recovery’: innovations in therapeutic practice (e.g., Narrative Therapy, Non-Avoidance Therapy, Covert/Interiorised Stammering Therapy).
  • Mapping the Brain: neurological perspectives, auditory feedback, and ‘circuits’ of communication.
  • Gender and Dysfluency: gendered experience and its reception/representation.

Guide for submissions:

All submissions should include name and email address, a 250-word abstract, a short biography (with academic/professional affiliation, if applicable). Proposals for individual papers or panels of 3 papers are welcomed. Panels that include presenters with a range of affiliations, career experiences and disciplinary homes are encouraged.

All proposals should be submitted as Word document.

Extended deadline for submissions: Friday 27 July 2018.

Organiser: Dr Maria Stuart, School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, UCD.

For submission of proposals and general enquiries, please contact:

This conference is generously supported by the Humanities Institute, UCD College of Arts and Humanities, and UCD Seed Funding Scheme.

CFP: ‘Arts for Health’ archives research workshop, Manchester

Date: 10.30am – 4.30pm, Monday 6th August (other dates may be added)

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University

Deadline: 22nd July 2018

Wellcome Collection invites early career researchers to participate in a workshop exploring recently catalogued archives and materials relating to arts and health.

The archives

Centred around the archives of Arts for Health, an organisation based at Manchester Metropolitan University since 1988, these collections bring voices from artists living with health issues, arts in health organisations, art practitioners, and others with experience of the arts in health settings. A rich and exciting resource, these materials capture the changing landscape in which arts and health movements have developed in the UK. Emergent themes from the material include the value of patient voices, the influence of politics and funding, hospital designs and uses of art, the language used in arts and health, and much more. Further, these archives offer an insight into the working practices and projects of some of the UK’s key arts and health organisations from the 1980s to 1990s. You can find out more about these materials through this article, or through our catalogue by searching the reference ‘ART/’ on our archives and manuscripts search.

The workshop
Our aim is to encourage researchers to uncover the potential of these archives for current or future research projects.

This informal and engaging workshop will allow you to:

  • see and engage with the material,
  • discuss it with our archivists and each other,
  • explore questions and issues which emerge,
  • reflect upon how the material will be relevant to your research,
  • understand the practicalities of accessing and using this material in research.

We are looking for early career researchers to take part in this workshop, especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. There are no disciplinary or methodological requirements, and we welcome a diverse set of approaches and backgrounds. If this material is relevant to your work, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to participate, please email Aidan ( with:

  • details of your research interests,
  • your research background,
  • up to 300 words detailing how your research might draw upon this material.

The deadline for enquiries is Sunday 22nd July.

If you are not available on 6th August, please still register your interest to be kept updated on future workshops.

We can provide some support towards travel and accommodation; if your university cannot support your attendance, please get in touch with us.

Feel free to reach out to the above email with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

CFP: ‘Curating Health: Graphic Medicine and Visual Representations of Illness’, Stockholm

Location: Stockholm University

Date: Mon 3rd – Tues 4th December 2018

The Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health, in collaboration with the Division for Gender Studies, Stockholm University, presents ‘Curating Health: Graphic Medicine and Visual Representations of Illness’.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Lisa Diedrich, Stony Brook University
  • Dr. Ian Williams, Manchester Medical School and Graphic Medicine

We invite individual presentations, panel proposals or artistic contributions from across a range of disciplines in the Humanities, Practice Arts, Social Sciences and Biomedicine that engage with the theme of graphic medicine and visual representations of health and illness in all their dimensions. Graphic medicine is one major theme, but proposals may also focus on other forms of (experimental) visual representation in areas such as autobiography and memoir, poster art and display, and visual narratives.

We are particularly interested in papers that address the power differentials of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, crip, queer and ageing.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15th August 2018. 

Send abstracts of no more than 300 words, including a biography of no more than 100 words, to

The Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health will celebrate its 10th year with a reception during the conference. The Network is currently based in Sweden but has more than 200 members from across Europe. Previous international conferences and workshops include: Disability, Arts and Health (Bergen); Monitoring the Self (Helsinki); Interrogating Prostheses (Stockholm); Re-imagining Transplantation (Copenhagen).

Please visit our website for further details of past events and the upcoming conference.