CFP: ‘Experiences of Dis/ability from the Late Middle Ages to the Mid-Twentieth Century’, Tampere, Finland

Date: 22nd – 23rd August 2019

Location: University of Tampere, Finland

Keynote speakers:

  • David Lederer, Maynooth University
  • Donna Trembinski, St. Francis Xavier University
  • David Turner, Swansea University

In recent decades, dis/ability history has become an important field in its own right, standing at the crossroads of the social history of medicine, the history of minorities and the history of everyday life. Conceptions of and attitudes to physical and mental wellbeing and to difference are and have always been key elements in any human society, while the lived experience of dis/ability has varied across societies and time periods, but also depending on the person’s socioeconomic status, age, gender, and the nature of the impairment. Experiences of disability, whether personal or communal, have long continuities in the past, but they have also changed dramatically with the development of medical science and institutionalized care.

This conference aims to concentrate on the experiences of those with physical or mental impairments and chronic illnesses, with special reference to the period between the late Middle Ages and the mid-twentieth century. We understand dis/ability in a broad sense, covering a wide range of physical, mental and intellectual impairments and chronic illnesses. How, then, were various dis/abilities lived and experienced, how did communities shape these experiences, and what similarities and changes can we detect over the course of time? An important viewpoint is also that of methodology: how can a modern scholar approach the experience of those living in the past?

We thus invite papers that explore the ways in which ‘disabilities’ have been lived and experienced, in all stages of life, and by people of different social status and background. The conference aims to promote dialogue between disability historians across national and chronological borders and we welcome papers presenting new research and work in progress.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How to approach the experience of disability (sources, methodology)?
  • Different categories of disability experience, or what counts as experience of disability?
  • How have society, religion and practices of care and cure defined the experience of disability?
  • Religion and disability
  • Medicalization, institutionalization and everyday life
  • The impact of gender, age and social status on the experience of disability
  • Lived welfare and everyday experiences of people with disabilities, e.g. living at home, in a workhouse or mental institution, the impact of various welfare systems

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of 200 words, with your contact information and affiliation by 15th February 2019, at https://www.lyyti.in/disabilityexperience2019_callforpapers

Conference website: https://events.uta.fi/disabilityexperience2019/

Participation is free of charge, and includes lunches and coffees for speakers.

The conference is organized by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX, https://research.uta.fi/hex/) at the University of Tampere and the group “Lived Religion” and has received funding from The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and HEX. For more information, please write to the organizers (jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi and riikka.miettinen@uta.fi)

 

Symposium Registration: ‘History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow’

Date: 9.30am – 4.30pm, 6th December 2018

Location: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

The Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgowinvites you to a one-day symposium. The event takes place on 6th December 2018, between 9.30am and 4.30pm in the Yudowitz Seminar Room, in the Wolfson Medical School.

The papers cover three main themes:

  • the history of infection control from the early modern period to the present day
  • law and medicine (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
  • responses to reproductive health issues (1950 to the present day)

Entry is free, but numbers are limited and registration is required for catering purposes: please register here.

Please email rosemary.elliot@glasgow.ac.uk or angus.ferguson@glasgow.ac.uk to advise of any dietary or other requirements.

Programme: 

09.15 – 09.30 – Registration & coffee

09.30 – 10.30 Introduction and opening talk

  • Dr Angus Ferguson – Welcome
  • Professor Marguerite Dupree – Aspects of the History of Infection Control in British Hospitals since c.1870.

10.30 – 10.45 – Coffee and cake

10.45 – 12.15 Understanding diseases

  • Mona O’Brien – Pox and Poverty: Developments in municipal health care and poor relief in early modern Nuremberg.
  • Frances Osis – Specimen Stories: Finding Venereal Disease in Medical Museums.
  • Dr Hannah-Louise Clark – From Jinn Theory to Germ Theory: Translating Bacteriological Medicine in Colonial Algeria.

12.15 – 13.15 – LUNCH served in the Atrium

13.15 – 14.15 Law and medicine in Scotland (Chair: Dr Angus Ferguson)

  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan & Ross McGregor – A Distinctly Scottish Surgeon? Uncovering Police Surgery in 19th Century Scotland.
  • Dr Jeff Meek – “Lillies, Whitehats and Retired Lawyers”: The Interaction between Law and Medicine in Categorising Homosexual Offenders in Early Twentieth-Century Scotland.

14.15 – 15.45 Responding to reproductive health issues (Chair: Dr Rose Elliot)

  • Vanessa Cook – Analysing silences: accessing men’s emotions towards childlessness during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Paula Blair – The Genetics of Prenatal Diagnosis, c.1950 – 1990: The Case of Malcolm Ferguson-Smith.
  • Dr Maelle Duchemin-Pelletier – Stillbirth in Britain: the experience of women and their partners, 1980-c.2016.

15.45 – 16.30 – Coffee followed by round-table discussion on the history of medicine at University of Glasgow

CFP: ‘Ageing, Illness, Care in Literary and Cultural Narratives’, Huddersfield

Date: Thurs 5th – Friday 6th September 2019

Location: University of Huddersfield, UK

Keynotes speakers:

  • Sally Chivers, Trent University, Canada
  • Amelia DeFalco, University of Leeds, UK
  • Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Brandeis University, US (by skype)

Stories about ageing, illness and care permeate ageing societies. Although illness and care are not an inevitable part of ageing, ageing, especially advanced ageing, is often associated with greater infirmity and increasing dependence on others. Common media representations evoke the apocalyptic effects of the burden of care as they pit a younger, able-bodied workforce against an ageing and frail population that threatens to bring financial disaster. And, yet, care is part of all of our lives: we live in a web of relations that support embodied life. As many in the field of feminist ethics of care have shown, serious illness and the care it necessitates focuses our attention on the very nature of selfhood and citizenship, as the prized neoliberal values of autonomy, independence and choice are undermined by intimate relationships between selves. Ageing, illness and care generate a complex nexus of affective, social and political relations and interactions that raise ethical questions about self and other.

Literary and cultural narratives negotiate, and help us to explore, this web of interactions and the complex questions about subjectivity that they raise. Reading and writing about ageing, illness and care also encourages us to engage with the challenges that these may pose to individuals and to society. As we do so, we inevitably consider the representational limits and the possibilities of literary and cultural narratives.

This conference welcomes papers that explore the intersections of ageing, illness and care in literary and cultural narratives in English and other languages; including prose fiction, poetry, life writing, comics, film and the media. Papers may engage with fields such as ageing studies, disability studies, queer studies, philosophy and creative writing, but are not limited to these areas of study. The language of the conference is English.

We invite proposals for:

  • 20-minute papers. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be accompanied by a short biographical note.
  • 10-minute presentations based on a pre-circulated paper to allow for longer and more focused discussion. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be accompanied by a short biographical note
  • Workshops and panels. Panels should consist of three papers and the proposal should include abstracts for the panel and for each of the papers as well as the email address for correspondence. Workshop organisers should send an abstract outlining the scope and nature of the workshop along with details of all participants and the email for correspondence.

Submissions should be emailed to Katsura Sako and Sarah Falcus at
ageing@hud.ac.uk.

Closing date for submissions: 11th February, 2019. Speakers will be
notified of acceptance by 31 March.

This event is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(KAKENHI: Project No. 17KK0030).

CFP: ‘Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference’, Cardiff and Swansea

Date: 27th – 29th June 2019

Location: Cardiff and Swansea, Wales

Closing Date for Proposals: 23.59 GMT on Sunday 18th November 2018

Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference

The organisers are delighted to announce that ABMU Health Board and the University of South Wales are working together with a range of partners towards the next conference ‘Storytelling for Health 2: Patient Stories’, which will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2019. We will be narrowing the focus slightly for this conference to look at how patient experiences are captured, presented and understood through story. We hope this will make for some provocative and productive conversations.

Thursday 27th June will be a student conference hosted by the University of South Wales at the Atrium in Cardiff. Delegates will then go by coach to Swansea to join the first event of the main conference at 7pm on the 27th.

Keynote Performance
We are thrilled that Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance. See https://vimeo.com/98126127 for more details.

The RUFF Story
In the performance of RUFF, Peggy Shaw ruminates on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011 and pays tribute to those who have kept her company over the last 70 years. Peggy says there are dark spots and blanks in her memory now and the performance is a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the dark spots with new insight.

The RUFF Story is an unplugged, storytelling version of the original performance, a freewheeling monologue laced with deadpan humour, arresting honesty and some up to the minute reflections on life before, during and since her stroke.

‘A powerful ode to vulnerability’ – Diva Magazine

Performed by Peggy Shaw
Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Invited Speakers
As well as Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver other invited speakers include Pippa Hardy & Tony Summers of Patient Voices http://www.patientvoices.org.uk/ and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University https://www.keele.ac.uk/nursingandmidwifery/uci/gatheringstories/.

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest news on invited speakers.

Call for Contributions
See more information here
The deadline for submissions is at 23.59 GMT on Sunday November 18th

Booking Information
Book your place now at the early bird rate (full rate from March 1st)
https://storyforhealth2.eventbrite.co.uk
Separate tickets can be purchased for the student event
https://storyforhealth2-student.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please Note
All speakers will be expected to register for the conference. A limited number of bursaries will be available to enable those not funded by organisations or not in receipt of a full time salary to attend. Please contact Prue.Thimbleby@wales.nhs.uk for an application form.

CFP: ‘History of Technology and Disability’, International Committee for the History of Technology conference, Poland

Date: 22nd – 27th July 2019
Location: Katowice, Poland
Date for submissions: 15th December 2018
I am seeking panelists for a session on complexity and history of mutual relations between technology and disability for 2019 International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) conference to be held in Katowice, Poland 22-27 July 2019. The panel will engage with the main conference theme (technology and power) by examining the disability-technology relations in local, statewide, and global frameworks. In this panel I hope to explore an entanglement where technology, disability, poverty, gender, and ethnicity intersect – all these aspects influence the accessibility as well as development of instruments, services and “technical literacy”.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • the bio/medical technologies as biopolitical tool
  • strategies and contexts of resistance against bio/medical technologies
  • prosthesis as cultural artefact and political statement
  • dis/emancipatory technologies
  • global and postcolonial aspects of relations between technology and disability
  • special – mainstream – and back again: assistive technologies
  • the cyborgisation of the disabled body
  • disabled users and DIY practices: reusing, repairing and tinkering as inventing
  • the disabled inventors

To submit a proposal please send it to magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl by 15th December 2018, as the session proposals deadline is 15 January 2019. In your proposal please include a 300-word abstract (please keep that limit as the submission system is very strict), as well as one-page CV, both in .doc or .docx format.

To see the original CfP please visit ICOHTEC’s website.

Magdalena Zdrodowska

Jagiellonian University

CFP: ‘Hearing/non-hearing, technology and art’, Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, Denmark

Date: 20th – 23rd August 2019
Location: Aalborg University, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2018
I am looking for panelists for my session on experiencing hearing and non-hearing in technology and art for 2019 Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, which will be held in Aalborg University (Denmark) on August 20-23, 2019. This session is part of Track 4: Art and Technology: Methodologies, Practices, Histories. More information about the track can be found here.

I propose two paths to explore the hearing/non-hearing theme:

The first one is related to do the physical condition of non-hearing, namely the deafness, such as:

  • past, present and future of sound amplification
  • the impact of deaf-targeted amplifying equipment on mainstream technology (e.g. cybernetics, sound film)
  • the deaf experience of sound and music (e.g. vibrations, amplification)
  • the “translation” of music into signing
  • usage of deaf-targeted instruments in art

The second path relates to deliberate non-hearing, especially in urban public spaces:

  • practices of isolation from unwanted/unpleasant/threatening sounds
  • both everyday and artistic strategies of sound elimination or selection
  • architectural aspects of creating quiet or soundproof rooms and spaces
  • headphones, walkman, ipod… – the tools of sound elimination and selection
  • hearing and non-hearing in different cultural contexts

I warmly invite you to consider addressing above-mentioned themes but – as it is just a partial list of pertinent topics – proposals on other issues related to hearing/non-hearing in technology and art are very welcomed.

Those who consider contributing to this or another thematic session at Media Art History are responsible to submit their abstracts on their own. However, I recommend you to contact me first at magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl.

To learn more about the conference in general or about other featured session, please go to http://www.mediaarthistory.org/resound-maincall. On the top of the page there is a link to the conference registration system. Proposals should consist of a 300-word abstract and a short bio. All proposals will undergo a double blind review by the Program Committee. The deadline for submitting the abstract submission is 1st November, but in in case you need more time, please let me know.

The International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology – RE:SOUND is hosted by RELATE (Research Laboratory for Art and Technology), Aalborg University and will be held August 20-23, 2019 in partnership with the STRUER Sound Art Festival and CATCH – Center for Art & Tech in Elsinor.

Magdalena Zdrodowska
Jagiellonian University, Poland

CFP: ‘Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism’, Edinburgh

Date: 31st May 2019

Location: University of Edinburgh

Deadline for Proposals: 8th February 2019

Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism: Interdisciplinary Symposium

Keynote speaker: Dr Samiksha Sehrawat (Newcastle)

Twitter: @AEconference

2018 has begun as a period of renewed public and academic debate over the history and legacies of colonialism. Among their many faults, detached inquiries regarding the supposed benefits of colonial endeavours, however, miss the significance of everyday experiences of empire as expressed in a range of historical, literary, and visual evidence.

‘Ailing Empires’ is a one-day symposium that seeks to explore the extent to which narratives of health, medicine and science are inextricably bound with experiences of empire and colonialism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. Through focus on a range of colonial contexts, textualities and sources, this symposium hopes to address questions such as: How did different colonial empires instrumentalise medicine and science? What role did healthcare and/or science play within the respective colonial project? Is ‘medical imperialism’ a useful term across different colonial contexts? In what way(s) did exchanges between Western and non-Western medical knowledge function as contact zones? How can scholarship engage with legacies of colonial medicine in the postcolonial age?

In order to explore these questions, we invite papers and presentations from a variety of disciplinary and comparative perspectives from across the humanities, and particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate and early-career researchers.

The following is an indicative, but by no means exhaustive, selection of the kinds of issues we would like to address:

  • Medical imperialism
  • Postcolonial legacies
  • Control and resistance
  • Medical encounters and knowledge exchange
  • Medicine and ecology
  • Mental health
  • The doctor-patient encounter
  • Missionaries and nurses
  • Sex and gender
  • Class and access/restriction
  • Infrastructures
  • Literary and visual representations
  • Medicine and travel writing
  • Authority and authorship
  • Drugs and healing practices
  • Hygiene, disease, and public health
  • Health reform and policies

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words detailing your topic, along with a brief bio, to ailingempires2018@gmail.com by 8th February 2019. We invite the ‘traditional’ 20-minute paper, as well as alternative formats of presentation.

Contact:

CFP: ‘(No)Bodies on the Irish Stage: “Deviant” Physicalities’, NUI Galway

Date: 12th – 13th April 2019

Location: O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, National University of Ireland, Galway

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 14th December 2018

Keynotes:

  • Dr Emilie Pine, Associate Professor in Modern Drama, University College Dublin
  • Dr Bernadette Sweeney, Associate Professor of Theatre, University of Montana

‘(No)Bodies on the Irish Stage: “Deviant” Physicalities’ is a two-day symposium that will bring together academics, theatre practitioners and artists to discuss physicality in performance, particularly investigating covert and concealed corporealities in twentieth century and contemporary Irish drama and practice. The title of the symposium queries the “ableist” ideology that categorises bodies as normal or abnormal and suggests a re-appropriation of the term “deviance” as a celebration of physical diversity. The symposium seeks to challenge the conformity of the bodies that we see on the Irish stage which tend not to “deviate” from a normative cultural script. Thus, these bodies can be read as both mimetic and diegetic sites of endemic societal power imbalances which do not reflect the diversity of Ireland’s demographical zeitgeist.  

From the ancient practice of physiognomy, to contemporary debates on plastic surgery and theories of bodily memory, there is an enduring artistic fascination with corporeal semiotics. The physically disabled, impaired or “deviant” body has been central to this. Despite the prolific use of disability as a literary tool in Irish drama, there are few examples in Ireland, and indeed internationally, of theatres sourcing actors with disabilities to play these roles, or of ability-blind casting practices. In the 2011 Census, 595,355 people in Ireland identified as having a disability, equivalent to 13% of the country’s population. At least 1 in 10 adults between 15 and 64 years have a disability whilst 38% of adults over 65 years recorded having a disability.  Yet this has not been reflected on the Irish stage. Instead, the conventions of “cripping up”, or “cripdrag”, industry terms describing the practice of an able-bodied actor playing a disabled character, are customary. By “cripping up,” an actor demonstrates his/her performative virtuosity, rather than committing to accurate representations of reality. The result is the potential degradation of the disabled body, a stylized performance evoking vaudevillian conventions; performance thus engenders belief in stereotype. This has serious implications regarding preconceptions about normalcy and corporeal perfection; the implication is that disability is performative and that physical impairment is not inherent but “deviant.”

In her seminal book on Performing the Body in Irish Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Bernadette Sweeney suggests that “[t]he body is […] responding to and existing within a culturally specific set of parameters which are subject to change” and “economic and political circumstances, education, gender and sexuality—these and other considerations shape our projections of and on the body within Irish culture and beyond.” In considering how power imbalances and ableist ideologies are corporealised in Irish theatre, it is vital to discuss the representation of race and ethnicity. According to the 2016 census, the population of the State grew at 0.8 per cent per annum while those with Irish ethnicity increased by just 0.2 per cent. The fastest growing ethnic group since 2011 was “other including mixed background”, with an annualised growth of 14.7 per cent.[1]  The 2016 Census indicates that the 535,475 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland originate from 200 different nations. Overall, there are 12 nationalities with more than 10,000 residents living here in Ireland from America, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Latvia, Romania, and Spain, in addition to Poland, Lithuania and the UK.[2] This conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to access and evaluate how cultural/ethnical diversity and interculturalism is being reflected on the Irish stage, particularly examining bodies which have been denied representation.

There is an increased focus on corporeality in contemporary Ireland and it seems all the more pertinent to discuss bodily representation in Irish culture. The momentum of the Repeal the 8th Movement generated debates on bodily legitimacy and ownership whilst the booming health, beauty and fitness industries promote conflicting ideals of corporeal perfection as the physical ideal—unattainable beauty standards still glamorise skeletal physiques whilst fitness industries are championing the fit, intact and unblemished body as emulative models. How have Irish playwrights and theatre makers responded to this cult of beauty and youth? Moreover, how has this affected casting practices? The “Waking the Feminists” campaign demonstrates a demand in Irish society for an increased visibility of the marginalised on the Irish stage, with calls for inclusiveness and greater representation of female writers and theatre-makers, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, “deviant” or non-conformist physicalities, and minority ethnic groups.

Relating to twentieth century and contemporary Irish theatre and practice, proposals for papers and practice-based presentations may wish to consider the drama, theatre and performance of:

  • Gendered and non-gendered bodies
  • Disability and performance
  • Race and ethnicity
  • The male gaze
  • Nudity in performance
  • Idealised physical standards for actors and physical transformations required for roles
  • The body and illness/trauma
  • The body in performance art
  • Bodily memory, prosthesis, phenomenology, and theories of the posthuman.
  • The hidden/fragmented body.
  • The abject or grotesque body
  • The body in pain

Please email proposals of no more than 250 words along with a short bio (100 words) to Dr Emma Creedon at emma.creedon@nuigalway.ie by 5pm Friday 14th December 2018.

The conference is generously funded by the Irish Research Council and the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, National University Galway.

[1] https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-cp8iter/p8iter/p8e/

[2] https://www.ihrec.ie/app/uploads/2018/03/Attitudes-to-diversity-in-Ireland.pdf

Registration Open: ‘Building alliances: Mental Health Activism and the Academy’, London

Date: 1pm-5pm, 12th October 2018

Location: Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Building alliances: Mental health activism and the academy

There is a mental health and social welfare crisis in the UK. Disability and service user-led groups are leading campaigns to raise awareness of and challenge government cuts and policy “reform”.

The question arises: how can academics in sociology, social work, psychology, psychosocial studies, and other disciplines support these ongoing activities?

The aim of this event is to facilitate building bridges between activists and academics (and people who are both).

It will open with statements from members of the user-led group Recovery in the Bin and the BSA Mental Health Study Group.

This will be followed by small group discussions on how we can strengthen campaigning alliances to improve the state of mental health care and develop theory to support our actions.

The event will conclude with summaries and plans for what to do next.

Please come along if you want to get involved in planning how to campaign for better mental health and social care in the UK.

https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/building-alliances-mental-health-activism-and-the-academy/

This event marks the relaunch of the BSA Sociology of Mental Health study group.

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 disciplines@hope.ac.uk 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.