Glasgow History of Medicine Seminars, RCPSG

The Centre for the History of Medicine (part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow University) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow invite you to a series of free seminars on medical history.

Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Library Reading Room, 232-242 St Vincent St, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

Time: Coffee and biscuits from 5pm. Talks begin at 5:30pm

Booking: email library@rcpsg.ac.uk or call 0141 221 6072. This event is free but please contact us to book as places are limited.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Dr Kenneth Collins (University of Glasgow and Hebrew University of Jerusalem), ‘Poles and Jews in Wartime Scotland: the Experience of Edinburgh’s Polish School of Medicine’

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dr Salim Al-Gailani (University of Cambridge), ‘Vitamins on Trial: Folic Acid as a Technology of Reproduction and Public Health’

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dr Iain Hutchison (University of Glasgow), ‘Philanthropy, Patriotism and Paediatric Nursing: Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children through five objects’

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Dr Claas Kirchhelle (University of Oxford), ‘Regulation and Resistance – a history of non-human antibiotic use in the US and UK (1949-2013)’

CFP: The Neurological Turn and Contemporary Fiction, AMH Conference, Keele

Association of Medical Humanities Annual Conference, Keele University, 28-30 June 2017.

 Panel session Call for Papers: The Neurological Turn and Contemporary Fiction (Thursday 29 June).

Panel Chair: Dr Nick Bentley (Keele University)

Narrative fiction has traditionally been viewed as a literary space that lends itself to the exploration of the psychological motivations and behaviours of characters with respect to the societies they inhabit and others with whom they form relationships. The use of interior monologue; the treatment of time, history and memory; and the rendering of social and cultural environments have allowed novelists to examine the psychological relationships between people and their inhabited worlds.

A recent trend in literary fiction, however, has begun to examine the way in which the neurological has moved to the centre of considerations about where human consciousness lies: the mind or the brain. The ‘neuro-novel’, as it has been dubbed by writers such as Marco Roth and others, represents this response in fiction to the neurological turn in the clinical sciences. Novels such as Ian McEwan’s Saturday, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Jonathon Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn have all included characters who suffer from clinical conditions (Huntingdon’s Disease, autism, Tourette’s syndrome).

This panel seeks 15-20 minute papers that explore fictional representations of such conditions and disorders. Topics that might be considered are:

  • the accuracy of the representation of mental health conditions in narrative fiction;
  • the way in which authors use narrative techniques and structures in order to convey the experience of mental health conditions;
  • the examination of individual conditions such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, autism etc.;
  • the representation of psychiatric and other mental health services
  • the use of mental health conditions as metaphors for exploring wider socio-political concerns, for example, schizophrenia in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club;
  • papers on individual novels and/or authors that speak to the theme of the panel.

Please email abstracts to the panel chair Dr Nick Bentley, n.bentley@keele.ac.uk by 1st February 2017.

More information can be found at the Conference website.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Leeds

The University of Leeds has been awarded a grant of £1.25m over 5 years from the Wellcome Trust ISSF to support biomedical and related research, which has been matched by an equal investment by the University. A major component of this funding will support early career researchers in order to enable them to realise their potential, and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship applications. We therefore seek applications from candidates at either the latter stages of their PhD work, or after one or two post-doctoral positions, dependent on the type of Fellowship envisioned. Previous rounds have supported researchers from Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the wider academic areas of Medicine and Health.

These awards will cover both salary costs and a contribution towards consumables, aligned to the needs of the proposed work. Applications are invited from any Faculty, but applicants should be working within the Wellcome Trust remit.

Applications will be considered on an annual basis. For the 2017 round, applicants should complete the appropriate proforma by 23rd January 2017. The ISSF Management Committee will then triage the applications and invite shortlisted candidates for interview during the week commencing 13 February 2017 (TBC). The interview will consist of a short (5 minute) presentation by the candidate, followed by questions from the panel, which will comprise a subset of the Management Committee representing the breadth of academic interests within the ISSF portfolio.

Each award will normally be up to £50K, and applicants should provide a detailed justification for the funds requested. It is expected that these awards will normally run for a maximum of 12 months. If awarded, an appropriate timescale will be agreed and any funds remaining unspent at the end will be withheld for re-allocation in subsequent funding rounds. Awards will be available immediately, or may be taken up at any time during the calendar year following the award, dependent on your current funding position. We invite applications from Leeds-based individuals who are planning to apply for external Fellowships to remain in Leeds, or external candidates intending to move to Leeds.

Medical Humanities applicants can make informal enquiries or request advice about their eligibility for the scheme by contacting Prof Stuart Murray. For any further information on how to apply, please visit the University of Leeds website.

CFP: ‘Spectacular Evidence: Theatres of the Observed Mind’, London

Location: The event will take place at ArtsAdmin in London.

Date: Friday 24th March 2017, starting at 11am.

Deadline for abstracts: 5pm, Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Spectacular Evidence: Theatres of the Observed Mind is a one-day symposium that draws upon histories of madness, its exhibition and how it has been staged as cultural performance. Spectacular Evidence will also explore the behaviours and ‘performances’ acted out in the relationship between patient and physician. Proposals with a connection to the subject area of the symposium are invited from professionals, staff, researchers and research students.

Convened by Zoë Mendelson, in partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School, this event includes performances, screenings and talks. It brings together representatives from visual arts, medicine and critical theory to produce contemporary psycho-cultural readings of performances integral to psychiatric space, practice and histories.

Zoë is an artist whose work straddles Fine Art and Medical Humanities, engaging with disorder as a culturally produced phenomenon, in parallel to its clinical counterpart. She is currently Course Leader for BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Confirmed contributors include:

  • Zoe Beloff – Artist. Her exhibition The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society celebrated the centennial of Freud’s visit to Coney Island
  • Dr Anna Harpin – Author of Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: Isolated Acts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Dr Joanne Morra – Reader in Art History and Theory, Central Saint Martins. Founder and principal editor, Journal of Visual Culture. Morra’s recent book, Inside the Freud Museum (forthcoming IB Tauris)
  • Florence Peake – Artist. Her performance practice combines her extensive training in dance and background in painting
  • Dr Michelle Williams Gamaker – Artist, filmmaker and collaborator with Mieke Bal on the film A Long History of Madness (2011)

Proposals are welcome from across disciplines and should have a connection to the subject area covered by the symposium. They can be for traditional presentations, performative contributions or variations on the lecture form. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration.

The deadline for proposals is 17.00, Tuesday 10th January 2017. Please submit here.

For more information please contact Zoë Mendelson.

Funded PhD: ‘Contextualising bullying and ‘vulnerability’ in the lives of LGBT and/or disabled young people’, Sheffield Hallam

Sheffield Hallam University is currently offering funded PhD places. One in particular is ‘disability’ related (co-supervised by the Disability Research Forum’s Jen Slater). See below and follow this link for more information:

Contextualising bullying and ‘vulnerability’ in the lives of LGBT and/or disabled young people

Anti-bullying practice and advocacy often understands certain ‘types’ of young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) and disabled young people, as being ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ to bullying. At the same time, youth work provision and other support services are increasingly subject to ‘targeted’ (rather than universal) work. Such approaches essentialise and individualise ‘vulnerability’ as something ‘within’ a person, rather than a product of socio-cultural-political contexts. Combining our backgrounds in critical disability studies, critical psychology, and sociology, we are interested in proposals that examine and critique the notion of ‘vulnerability’, and how it is constructed and enacted in education and (youth) service provision. The suggested research approach is qualitative, within which artsbased and/or participatory methods could be adopted.

For further information, or informal discussion, please contact Eleanor Formby (e.formby@shu.ac.uk).

CFP: Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life, Leeds

Location: School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

Date: 21st – 23rd April 2017

Deadline for abstracts: 30th January 2017

Keynote Speakers (tbc): Martha Rosler, Marina Vishmidt

Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Lifewill address the juncture of the “body” in art in relation to feminism(s) and capitalism, through the period 1960–1980. The “body” is taken to be a historically contingent concept, up for contestation. Today we are witnessing a massive conservative retrenchment in the political and legal spheres concerning images of the body, from anti-woman bans on images of female ejaculation in pornography to the far-right deployment of racist iconography in the mass media coverage of Brexit and the Trump campaign. We want to challenge the hyper-mediated landscape that has propelled the global right, by considering how a previous generation of artists, who focused on the body in their works, responded to dominant social conditions. Speak, body sets out to investigate artworks that emerged coincident with the crisis of capitalism in the 1960s and 1970s in order to consider what they can tell us about contemporary transformations in art and politics.

Through an intense and sustained period of engagement, the body was explored by artists such as VALIE EXPORT, Mona Hatoum, Ana Mendieta, Gina Pane, Adrian Piper, Yvonne Rainer, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneeman, Jo Spence and Hannah Wilke among others. We are especially interested in artworks that counter the museal tendency to appropriate feminist art practices within conventional art-historical categories of movements, iconographies or styles; that is, we want to solicit papers that track the social implications of feminist investigation and critique conducted through a range of media (performance, photography, video, film, etc.). Speak, body aims to reconnect artistic practices with feminism as a historic social movement, and to query its consolidation into an academic “-ism”.

The idea of the body, connotes a number of tensions: between inside and outside; consumption and excretion; energy and depletion; life and death. At the same time, the body is produced historically through practices and discourses, and has figured as a key site for analysis in, for example, Karl Marx’s description of “labour-power”, Sigmund Freud’s account of sexual difference and bodily prosthesis, Michel Foucault’s theory of the “medical gaze”, Silvia Federici’s corrective historical analysis of the female “rebel” body, and Juliet Mitchell’s foundational work on the woman as “sexual object”. By reading those artistic practices that have engaged a feminist politics – on psychic and social levels, through direct or indirect means – we hope to pursue a materialist analysis of art’s enduring imbrication in capitalist social relations, as well as its relative autonomy from these relations.

We invite papers that trace the conditions of production, rhetorics and effects that relate to the body in feminist-inflected artistic practice. In particular, we are interested in close readings of distinct works, as well as papers that explore this constellation through history and philosophy, aesthetics, and theories of race, gender and class.

Speak, Body will engage how art relates to the themes and concepts including but not limited to:

  • health and illness
  • the maternal body
  • notions of violence in art
  • mediation and materials
  • human/non-human (cybernetics)
  • gender and feminism(s)
  • theories of race and antiracism
  • hyper-masculinity
  • art and labour
  • resistance and subsumption
  • materialist and psychoanalytic approaches to art
  • (legacies of) performance and media art
  • historical-philosophical conceptions of the body in contemporary art
  • contextual histories and discourses and methods of art history that relate to this subject

Please send your abstract (max 300 words), its title, and a short biography (100 words) to: speakbody2017@gmail.com by 30th January 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by 7th February 2017.

Doctoral Fellowships (x3) in Medicine and the Humanities, Mainz, Germany

As part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), the University of Mainz and the Mainz University Clinic are jointly inviting applications for three doctoral fellowships.

At the intersection of biomedicine, individual and society, experiences at the boundaries of human life arise which pertain to the entire human life span, from technologically assisted reproduction to end-of-life decisions accompanied by intensive care. These experiences at the boundaries of human life confront both biomedicine and the humanities with the necessity of reassessing their established approaches to problem solving and definitions of agency, and require an interdisciplinary dialogue. Therefore, we invite doctoral students from the following disciplinary backgrounds:

  • History of Medicine and Science
  • Theory of Medicine and Science, particularly with a focus on Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Ethics of Medicine, Ethics and Theory of Action
  • American Studies with a focus on literature and culture studies, particularly Early American Studies, North-American history, Transnational American Studies, Medical Humanities, Disability Studies

to apply for one of the doctoral fellowships. Our interdisciplinary research training group provides you with the opportunity to bring your skills and competencies to a structured doctoral program based on interdisciplinary dialogue.

Your contacts for academic questions are the speakers of the research training group: Univ-Prof Dr Norbert W Paul (tel: 0049 (0)6131 179545) and Univ-Prof Dr Mita Banerjee (tel: 0049 (0)6131 3922250).

Your application should include a cover letter, CV, credentials, exposé of the planned project (1-2 pages), motivational letter (1-2 pages) and reference letters by two academic instructors. Please send applications by email here, ideally as a single PDF file, referencing job opening 797/16-2. The closing date for applications is 20th January 2017.

To find out more about the fellowships and the program, please visit the GRK-homepage.

CFP: Crip Genealogies

CFP: Crip Genealogies
Co-edited by Mel Chen, Alison Kafer, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich
Abstracts: March 15, 2017
Full Papers: September 15, 2017

What is the color of disability? What are the possibilities for narrating an anti-racist, feminist story of disability studies? What relationships, orientations, and practices do different histories of the field foster—or foreclose? As the field continues to develop, it has begun reproducing a hegemonic account of its emergence: the “second wave” of the field is growing; the field has finally “arrived.” But as scholars deeply committed to studying disability, illness, and health status in relation to other movements for social justice, celebratory rhetoric of “arrival” and “waves” troubles us. We, too, recognize the field’s growth, but it is an uneven growth, one that doesn’t simply progress neatly from one wave to the next. Yet as the field becomes more and more institutionalized in the US, its intellectual histories and genealogies become equally solidified and condensed. The field is sometimes introduced to non-English speaking countries through the publication of translated books, as if disability studies has only a Western origin, thereby excluding multiple sites of criticism against colonial medicine and institutionalization as well as decolonial efforts to challenge ableism and imperialism. What and who gets left out in such tellings? What gets disappeared? What forms of anti-ableist social justice work is rendered illegible as “disability studies” when this happens?

We use the word “crip” instead of “disability studies” to signal our investment in disrupting the established histories and imagined futures of the field, and to keep questions of institutionality afloat. In The Archeology of Knowledge, Michel Foucault notes that “the history of ideas credits the discourse that it analyzes with coherence. If it happens to notice an irregularity in the use of words, several incompatible propositions, a set of meanings that do not adjust to one another, concepts that cannot be systematized together, then it regards it as its duty to find, at a deeper level, a principle of cohesion that organizes the discourse and restores it to its hidden unity.” Yet as Audre Lorde reminds us, this mandate for coherence imperils the very project of building knowledge across difference: “When language becomes most similar, it becomes most dangerous, for then differences may pass unremarked. […] But it is an error to believe that we mean the same experience, the same commitment, the same future, unless we agree to examine the history and particular passions that lie beneath each other’s words.” We seek to bring together scholars whose work resolutely explores the divergent experiences, commitments, and histories that necessitate a cripping of disability studies.

Some questions become essential: How does a mandate for coherence in disability studies serve whiteness, white supremacy, and forms of cultural or intellectual imperialism? How does the insistence on a single, coherent narrative allow, above and beyond mere disciplinarity, the whitewashing of disability studies, of disability histories, and of histories of disability studies? Contradictions rarely explored—because papered over in the name of coherence—might include the insistence on the rhetoric of independence and pride within the disability rights movement and disability studies, even as such rhetoric clashes with the experiences of many disabled people; or a reluctance to engage with religion and spirituality in disability studies even as both play a key role in many people’s engagements with disability; or a longstanding refusal among many in the field to engage critically with notions of healing, overcoming, or recovery, even as such ideas are precisely how some communities prefer to engage with disability rights and justice. Each of these refusals to reckon with contradiction in the field serve to maintain the whiteness of disability studies.

In this anthology, we want to push back against the expectation of a coherent narrative of disability studies, one without contradictions, and its limited and limiting approach to race. In its place, we want stories of a disability studies very much entwined with, and indebted to, the fields of feminist studies, queer studies, postcolonial studies, and race and ethnic studies. We want to think through alternative intellectual histories and genealogies. We suggest that offering critical genealogies, ones that recognize critical race theorists’ and theory’s contributions to disability studies, counters hegemonic genealogies and in so doing re-makes the field.

We’re interested not only in tracing the vexed legacies of what Christopher Bell famously called “white disability studies” and its effects, but also, and especially, in delineating histories and habits of quiet—sometimes troubled—alliances. How might we begin to recognize the capacious and generative possibilities of a disability studies that is less interested in “incorporating” race—a formulation that suggests a tokenizing inclusion that preserves structures of whiteness—and more interested in engaging deeply with the fields, practices, and knowledges of critical ethnic studies and related areas? Moreover, naming the whiteness of disability studies can be a way of preserving that whiteness; to begin and end with a statement about dominance too often serves to obscure the work that has always been there, waiting to be acknowledged. Are there not moments when we might best be served by assuming that the field has not always been already and only white, because it might push us to expand our notions of what counts as disability studies?

Possible topics for discussion include:

  • tracing relationships between the disability rights movement and other civil rights movements (including health and ability activism within racial justice movements; labor movements; movements for reproductive freedom; resistance to police brutality and other forms of state-sanctioned violence; and anticolonial movements);
  • exploring crip theories emerging from women of color feminism, queer of color critique, transnational/postcolonial feminism, or anti-militarization movements;
  • transnational and decolonial movements for sovereignty, disability justice, and anti-ableist resistance;
    tracing critical ideas about bodies and minds in early feminist, queer, or critical race and ethnic studies;
  • linking disability studies and HIV/AIDS activism and theory or disability studies and “public health” initiatives;
  • grappling with the methodological/epistemological/political/ethical questions in doing this kind of bridge work, which always carries a risk of appropriation, co-optation, and/or erasure;
  • reflections on key figures in a scholar’s “archive” who have influenced that scholar’s disability studies work but who aren’t widely known or recognized in disability studies or did not identify as disabled;
  • discussion of various investment in the name “disability studies” and the question of whether to broaden the inclusivity of the field or pursue other ways to name scholarship and activism (e.g., crip theory; critical disability studies; debility and capacity studies);
  • interrogating the profound ableism of the academy and exploring how and why, despite current interest in the field, our research and teaching continue to be shaped by access barriers.

Please submit 500-word abstracts to CripGenealogies@gmail.com by 15th March 2017; full submissions will be due 15th September 2017. We welcome questions and inquiries.

Funded PhD on Disability Studies and Contemporary Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

Challenging ‘outsider’ art: how are learning disabled artists informing contemporary arts?

This project explores the participation of people with learning disabilities in the world of contemporary arts.  The focus will be on how artists who until recently might have been considered ‘outsider artists’ are collaborating within contemporary art and to consider the impact of this on arts practice and community connectedness.

Aims and Objectives

This timely study situated within and building upon current institutional research excellence areas (see below for more details will  explore learning disabled artists’ participation in the arts across Manchester and the north of England.  In the past, learning disabled artists have struggled to have their work taken seriously, however, there is a growing interest in the case for creative diversity and recognition that the participation of diverse people in the arts can enhance and enrich culture. This project builds on a growing interest in the participation of ‘outsider artists’ in the arts. The project offers a lens through which to consider a number of  current debates in contemporary art  / social art practice including: participation, making publics; disability studies, and disability politics.  politics.   It is built on existing university partnerships and will speak to the devolution Manchester agenda in term of services offered to people with learning disabilities in health, education and social care.

Specifically, this project aims to:

  1. explore the character of collaboration between learning disabled and other artists within contemporary art;
  2. consider how the presence of learning disabled artists influences collaboration
  3. explore how learning disabled artists inform the practice of artists
  4. explore how participation in the arts can create opportunities for the emergence of counter-cultural narratives that challenge images of learning disabled people which focus only on the exceptional, the sensational and the negative in their lives
  5. consider, if and how, participation in the arts creates opportunities for community connectedness that are different from other forms of community participation
  6. show case the art and the research, working alongside community partners, and to participate in the Sick Festival (2019)
  7. develop an evidence base to inform policy and practice across Greater Manchester, the north and nationally, for people with learning disabilities.

The aims of will be met through the following research phases

1. Co-produce research design

Establishment of stakeholder forum with Venture Arts for the duration of research with the ambition to co-produce research design with partners and representative stakeholders

Review of sources and development of a conceptual framework that links salient areas of enquiry (collaboration, artist development discourse; counter-culture/counter-publics;  social art practice) together with appropriate methods/ methodologies (practice-as-research/artistic research, ethnographic methodologies, co-production/co-produced research design).

2. Experiential practice/data collection and testing period

A period of ‘fieldwork’ or ‘practice-led research period to meet the research aims above so to include:

  • exploration of models of collaboration between learning disabled and other artists in contemporary art that presently exist (review of theory and practice in field);
  • exploration of what happens at venture arts (participation, interview);
  • co-production with stakeholders of what would best practice look like in light of findings);
  • exploration of the resources that would be needed to achieve this: policy, political, economic, cultural, aesthetic.

3. Analysis

Analysis will be iterative and involve stakeholders and participants in workshops to address each of the research aims above.

4. Outcomes and outputs

The project will generate an exhibition to be displayed at Sick Festival, 2019, Manchester.  This will strengthen links between the festival and the university.. Sick Festival is at the forefront of arts and health, taking the conversation into communities (sickfestival.com)

The research team will work with the student to develop pathways to impact for the research and to co-author high quality journal articles (REF 2021 +).

Required Qualifications:

Good honours degree (or equivalent) in the arts, social care, psychology, sociology, disability studies, education or related discipline.

Masters level qualification or equivalent professional experience.

The scholarship is open to UK and EU students.

 

Informal enquiries can be made to Cate Lawton, hpscresearchdegrees@mmu.ac.uk.

The supervisory team for this project will be Dr Amanda Ravetz, Prof Katherine Runswick-Cole, Mr Andrew Stevenson and Ms Brigitte Jurack. Specific queries regarding the research project will be forwarded to the supervisory team for response.

For more information, visit the MMU website.

The project start date is expected to be September 2017.

CFP: ‘The Globalisation of Autism: Historical, Sociological, and Anthropological Reflections’, QMUL

Autism is not limited to a single region or a country; it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action’ – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, 2012

The autism diagnosis has become an important category of global health; capable of attracting large amounts of funding, shaping disability rights legislation, and impacting education, health and welfare policies internationally.

This symposium, which will take place at Queen Mary, University of London, 20th and 21st April 2017, will bring together scholars from across the world. We will be  reflecting on how and why the autism category has achieved such significance in shaping international healthcare, research, and policy interventions, since the middle decades of the twentieth century. The symposium will consider how and why autism became a global category, and what the implications of this are for understanding autism, research networks, and health policy in the future. It will lead to a groundbreaking edited collection on the globalisation of autism for a wide international readership.

The symposium will address questions such as:

  • How has the autism diagnosis been employed in different national contexts to ensure education, healthcare and disability rights?
  • How have facts about autism travelled, and what impact has travel had on these facts?
  • How has the neurodiversity movement arisen in response to the growth of autism diagnoses, and what opportunities and challenges has this movement created internationally
  • How has the autism diagnosis changed ideas about children’s typical emotional development in different national or international contexts?
  • What role have the neurosciences played in establishing international models of autism?
  • How have the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) influenced legal, political, medical and research approaches to autism internationally?
  • What has been the role of caregivers and other stakeholders in challenging models of autism developed in the scientific literature both nationally and internationally?

The symposium will consider the political dimension of the autism diagnosis, in particular its role in establishing education, health and welfare rights internationally, and its entry into international human rights discourse.  It will also consider its role in generating new forms of knowledge and research programmes internationally. It aims to encourage dialogue across countries in order to generate new perspectives on how the autism diagnosis has been integrated into different cultural contexts, and the impact that this has had on models of psychological development and individual identity.

Confirmed contributors already include Francisco Ortega (Rio de Janeiro State), Stuart Murray(Leeds), Richard Ashcroft (QMUL), Jonathyne Briggs (Indiana U. Northwest), Des Fitzgerald(Cardiff), Gregory Hollin (Leeds), Kristien Hens (Antwerp), and Bonnie Evans (QMUL).

We encourage applications from countries across the world, and from scholars at all stages of their career. We also encourage applications that adopt interdisciplinary approaches and that employ innovative methodological approaches. We have some travel bursaries available for those travelling from abroad.

Please send the title of your paper together with an abstract of up to 500 words to Bonnie Evans. Please include your name, email address, and your affiliation. Please state clearly if you would like to be considered for one of the bursaries for your travel and/or accommodation. The deadline for submissions is 27th December 2016.

This symposium is organised by Bonnie Evans, QMUL, and funded by the Wellcome Trust.