Society for Disability Studies 2013 Conference, Florida

2013 SDS Call for Proposals

26th annual meeting, Society for Disability Studies

Change of date: now Wed 26th – Sat 29th June 2013.

Double-by-Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

(Re)creating Our Lived Realities

Deadline for submissions: November 21, 2012

In honor of its 26th annual meeting convening in Orlando, Florida – the land of make-believe, the home of Disney World and Universal Studios – the program committee of the Society for Disability Studies would like to encourage you to think about the ways in which we create and re-create our lived realities. We would like you to think not only about disabled people as complexly embodied historical actors, but also about the many social, economic, physiological, and political forces that shape, and often constrain, our lived realities. As people situated at the intersection of local and global histories, systems, and structures, we are constantly shaping and molding our social, cultural, and built environment(s). And they in turn affect us in innumerable ways. Nothing we do or say, or have done, can be divorced from its social and historical context, nor can it be isolated from the many human relations through which it emerges. While all proposals that explore these themes are welcome, the program committee especially seeks to solicit work that explores the interesting interactions among larger systems or structures, such as global capitalism, neoliberalism, militarism, and our immediate corporeal experiences – pleasure, pain, sex, illness, debility, a ride at Disney World or a walk through Epcot Center.

We offer the following broad questions to foster interdisciplinary perspectives and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration:

  • What are the many ways in which disabled people have conceptualized and enacted changes to the built environment and to the many things with which we interact on a daily basis? What barriers do people who experience disability face? How have these things changed over time?
  • What happens when local understandings, strategies, and ways of being meet up with more globalizing ones?
  • What new possibilities for change do such intersections produce, and, alternatively, where do we find disconnects that thwart cooperation?
  • How have various technologies–and access to them–shaped the formation of disabled identities and cultures, as well as interpersonal and group relationships?
  • In what ways are the realities we create bounded or shaped by geographic location, institutional formation, identity politics, and other factors?
  • What do collisions between the local and the global reveal about our experiences? What do they obscure?
  • How have disability politics and activism shaped not only the built environment, but human relations as well?
  • How does enduring poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and the persistence of the medical and charity model shape / limit access to the many realities we create in our lives? How do these factors also open possibilities? How have these factors enhanced disability rights?
  • How have the various disciplines within disability studies explored and analyzed the built environment? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches?
  • How have/might the various disciplines and fields within disability studies work across disciplinary boundaries to enhance the quality of our lives?
  • How have/might disability studies reach out to local and national organizations and institutions to influence families, religious communities, service providers, political institutions, employers, etc.?
  • How does a focus on Lived Realities influence research methods, theory, and the underpinnings of disability scholarship and practice?
  • How have prevailing (contemporary) paradigms (or narratives) succeeded or failed in capturing “our lived realities”?

We welcome proposals in all areas of disability studies, especially those submissions premised on this year’s theme.

This year’s program committee is continuing the idea of specific “strands” that relate to the larger more general theme of the SDS conference. Each strand may have 3 or 4 related events (e.g. panels, workshops), organized to occur throughout the conference and in a way that will eliminate any overlap of sessions in an effort to facilitate a more sustained discussion of specific issues that have arisen as areas of interest within the organization.

Our planned strands this year are as follows. Others may emerge from member proposals:

  • Florida / Southern movement history: The DRM has a rich history of disability activism in the South that offers tremendous opportunity for exploration.
  • Communities / Identities and disability studies: Members would like to continue these areas of discussion from our conference last year in Denver. Explore challenges and possibilities that shape collaboration, culture, and community for people who experience disability.
  • Power and privilege: Ongoing discussions among SDS board members, members of SDS caucuses, and others led to this strand, intended to look both at the workings of power and privilege broadly and within SDS itself.
  • Professional development: This strand addresses a need identified by many of our members for professional development, including matters such as locating funding, pursuing academic and non-academic jobs, surviving the tenure track, etc.
  • Translational research in disability studies and health sciences: Using translational research here to refer to research that translates between disciplines, and from basic research to applied research and to practice, the goals of this NIH-related conference strand are: (1) to demonstrate how disability studies theory contributes to the conception of health sciences research and practice; (2) to provide best practice examples of disability studies translational research and practice; and (3) to mentor a new generation of federally funded disability studies researchers and practitioners. We particularly welcome submissions from disabled clinicians/clinical researchers interested in cutting edge disability studies perspectives.

If you would like your proposal to be considered as part of one of these thematic strands, mark this in your submission.

For further information see, or contact the Program Committee of the SDS 2013 program committee at

Calls For Papers

CFP: 21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being, Sydney, Australia, 30th Jan – 1st Feb 2013. Abstract deadline: 19th Oct 2012.

CFP: The Psy-ences and Mental Health in East Central Europe & Eurasia, Chicago, April 26th–27th 2013. Abstract deadline: 15th Nov 2012.

CFP: What is Old Age? New perspectives from the humanities, Warwick, 23rdFeb 2013. Abstract deadline: 23rd Nov 2012.

CFP: Risk & Disaster in Medicine & Health, EAHMH Biennial Conference, Lisbon, 4th-7thSept 2013. Abstract deadline: 1st Dec 2012.

CFP: Sensing Change, The Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham, 27th-28thMarch 2013. Abstract deadline: 3rd Dec 2012.

CFP: Death, Dying and Disposal Conference, Milton Keynes, 5th-8thSeptember 2013. Abstract deadline: 3rd Dec 2012, 4th March 2013.

CFP: DSM: The History, Theory, and Politics of Diagnosis, University of Surrey, 25th-27thMarch 2013. Abstract deadline: 14th Dec 2012.

CFP: What Does It Mean to Care? Religious Traditions & Health Professions Today, University of Chicago, 28th-30th May 2013. Abstract deadline: 17th Dec 2012.

CFP: William Cullen and the Medical Enlightenment – An International Symposium, Edinburgh, 5th-6th April 2013. Abstract deadline: 20th Dec 2012.

CFP: articles on ‘Children’s Health & Well-being: policy debates & lived experience’, 21st Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph. Abstract deadline: 31st Jan 2013.


CFP: 21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being

 Sydney, Australia, 30th Jan – 1st Feb 2013

Abstract deadline: 19th Oct 2012

Call for Presentations: This project is about the conjunction of science, medicine, agency and well-being and the interface between modern, or institutionalised, and natural sciences. In particular this is about approaches that challenges the precepts of the accepted scientific establishment of a particular time and culture. Whilst focused upon current and emerging practices and methodologies it is also about the cultural and historical contexts from which they have previously emerged. This will necessarily reference previous ages, cultures and ideologies that find the roots of today’s anti-establishment medical movements in yester years occult and esoteric knowledge. Such knowledge which saw its birth and development in the natural sciences has become oppositional to the forces of modern empirical knowledge which can be largely seen to ignore anything which cannot be directly measured, categorised or controlled. As Foucault has stated, this form the basis of the medical gaze which restricts and controls as much as it heals and treats. Natural or anti-establishment methodologies then return control of the healing process away from large corporate or nationalised institutions back into the hands of those who require treatment.

In this framework the patient themselves become both agents and communicator of alternative methods of treatment, healing and well-being. As agents of the ‘anti-establishment science movements’, ‘lay’ people become involved into everyday science and knowledge production, they become protoscientists. For example, blog discussion on the side-effects of a particular medicine/drug can be more personal, revealing and informative and can go beyond what an information leaflet or a clinician may offer. While blogging, the ‘lay’ person generates and exchanges knowledge with the other bloggers that may be useful for one’s health. There is a paucity of literature depicting these movements as ‘bottom up’ challenges of establishment science literature. This kind of authority challenge has only marginally been considered by the ‘establishment’ science (for example: Fuller (2010)) and this conference will provide a platform for such consideration and discussion with specific focus on self-healing, health knowledge co-production and DIY treatments. This conference welcomes papers from various fields of study, such as social sciences, humanities, medical sciences and philosophy.

Presentations, papers, performances, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on any issues related to the following themes:

Ideological Approaches:
-The effect of the DIY practices on established health systems and peoples’ personal lives
-The embeddedness of protoscience in the everyday life and the philosophical underpinnings of protoscience as everyday science
-Alternative and self-healing practices beyond the relational milieu vis-à-vis a conventional/non-conventional medicine binary
-The consequences of the anti-establishment science movements for economic relations determining the health care industry

21st Century Practices Practices:
-Alternative and Complimentary Medicine
-Mind-Body Intervention, Meditation, Spiritual and Self-Healing
-Homeopathy, Energy Medicine, Manipulative Therapy and Holistic Healing
-Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Psychotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics

Traditional and Non-Western Approaches:
-Faith Healing, Johrei, Crystals, Maharishi Vedic Medicine; Shamanism
-Folk Medicine, Herbalism, Ayurveda
-Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Korean Medicine, Native American Traditional Healing, Traditional Aboriginal Bush Medicine; rongoā Māori (traditional healing), Traditional medicine in the South Pacific island countries

Historical and Anthropological Approaches to Health and Medicine:
-Historical-Anthropological accounts of pre-clinical medicine
-Ancient Health paradigms, Sramana and Classical Indian Philosophy, Gnosticism, Alchemy (Indian, Chinese and Modern), Kabbalah, Hermeticism
-Medical anthropology, applied medical anthropology
-Community Health Paradigms and culturally appropriate health provision
Diasporic and Minority Health

Literary and Media Representations of CAM and Scientific Medicine:
-Representations of CAM and Scientific medicine through Media: Medical Infotainment, Reality TV, Medical Soaps
-Doctors, Alternative healers and patients/health consumers in films and novels
-Media representations of health vis-à-vis Paganism, Occultism, Witchcraft, Magic
-Literary representations of health and healing agents: Gothicism, Romanticism and Science Fiction

Contemporary Communities of Health and Well-Being:
-The empowering effect of the free and open source technology vis-à-vis the status of the individual/the agent as knowledgeable agent in the field of health
-The effect of the DIY practices on established health systems and peoples’ personal lives
-Discussion of the relevance of these movements in relation to the existent theories of power
-The relevance of the historical and socio-political context regarding what constitutes ‘mainstream’ in the health sector
-E-health and online communities, representations in popular media and self-help and support groups

We actively encourage participation from practitioners and non-academics with an interest in the topic as well as pre-formed three paper panels.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs by Friday 19th October 2012; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: SCIENCE Abstract Submission. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Irena Veljanova:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Ethos programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. For further details of the conference, please visit this web site.


CFP: The Psy-ences and Mental Health in East Central Europe & Eurasia

University of Chicago, April 26th–27th 2013

Abstract deadline: 15th Nov 2012

Over the last three decades, the professions and disciplines concerned with the human mind, brain and behavior (“the psy-ences”) have undergone significant changes in the countries of East Central Europe and Eurasia. These transformations have articulated with global trends in mental health, but are also specific to the political economic collapse of the U.S.S.R. and other socialist states in 1989/91. This conference explores these two aspects of the psy-ences together.

As many researchers have pointed out, the shifts in disciplinary objects of knowledge and intervention – namely, mental illness and addictions –can be linked to the repeated social disruptions individuals, families and populations in all of these countries have experienced. While the most recent disruptions have emerged from the economic contraction and related austerity measures, the social upheaval, economic depression, abrupt cultural change, and in some cases, violent conflict, of the immediate post-socialist period are not necessarily distant memories for many living in the region.

The psy-ences in East Central Europe and Eurasia also have a long history as key sites for the articulation, enactment and contestation of claims about self, authority, normativity and belonging. Throughout much of the state-socialist period these professions were closely linked to the party-state’s broader project of producing the “new socialist person.”  Today, these professions bear a more complex relationship to the state as they manage transformations ranging from psychiatric reform and attempts to introduce principles of “global mental health” and harm reduction to the region, to the growing influence of biopsychiatry and pharmaceutical companies in determining definitions of health, to the rising popularity of psychological expertise in the development of human capital. Many of these changes have taken place in the domains of the market and civil society, where relatively novel interventions, ranging from psychotherapy to self-help programs to psychopharmaceuticals, all shape how people conceptualize not only mental pathology, but also personhood more generally.

This conference will focus on the psy-ences and their shifting objects of knowledge and intervention in the countries of East Central Europe and Eurasia.  Specifically, this forum will examine several key issues:

  1. psychiatry, psychology, psychopharmacology and addiction medicine as social institutions and fields of expertise in the region – from the state socialist period to the present day;
  1. discourses of mental health, madness, addiction, trauma, psychiatry and psychology among patients, laypeople, and expert publics;
  1. the forms of subjectivity, sociality and citizenship engendered by institutional changes in mental health care and social service provision, and the experience of patients, family members and caregivers navigating these systems;
  1. the multiple relationships and looping effects between these domains.

We invite papers by researchers in the social sciences, humanities and health sciences which address these issues in the countries of East Central Europe and Eurasia, including the Baltic States, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The conference will be held on April 26 and 27, 2013 at the University of Chicago. Please send a title and brief (max 300 word) abstract here by November 15, 2012. If you have questions, please contact Eugene Raikhel.  Selected participants will be notified in January 2013.


CFP: What is Old Age? New perspectives from the humanities

University of Warwick, 23rd Feb 2013

Abstract deadline: 23rd Nov 2012

Abstracts are invited from scholars from any area of the humanities, for this one-day interdisciplinary conference, taking place on Saturday 23 February 2013 at the University of Warwick.

This one-day conference will draw on the expertise of scholars from across the humanities to offer new perspectives on the ways in which we define and explain old age.  It will also consider the role of the humanities within the interdisciplinary endeavour of gerontology.

The key note speakers will be Professor Helen Small, of Pembroke College, Oxford, andProfessor Pat Thane, of Kings College London.

Further information can be found at the website here. The website also constitutes a more informal collection of representations and personal reflections which offer some insight into the question ‘What is Old Age?’. Submissions are welcomed here.


CFP: Risk & Disaster in Medicine & Health, EAHMH Biennial Conference

University of Lisbon, 4th-7th Sept 2013

Abstract deadline: 1st Dec 2012

European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Biennial Conference. Co-organized by the University of Evora and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon

Risks and disasters have always been central issues in health and medicine. They illuminate the interfaces between science, medicine, environment, economy, society, culture and politics. Responses to preventive measures have often reflected tensions between the perceived wider social and economic benefits of interventions and the short-term costs imposed on individuals, specific social groups or society at large. One issue raised by such tensions has been whether individual freedom is deemed less important than the health of the community. Threats of epidemics have provoked local, national and international agencies to adopt drastic measures, consciously balancing the risk of disease against the economic risks posed by the disruption of trade or the implementation of expensive sanitary or environmental-protection measures whose cost effectiveness was difficult to foresee.

The strategies developed to cope with risk and disaster form the core of public health and medical philosophy, ranging from quarantines and vaccinations to screening programmes and high-tech medical monitoring. Yet there are distinct national and chronological differences in definitions, perceptions and representation of risks and dangers. They also vary according to the decision makers and broader publics: governments, medical professionals and other agencies, and different social classes, ethnic and gender groups.

We invite papers on all aspects of risk and disaster in the history of health and medicine, including its changing definition and the movement towards its quantification, covering epidemics, infectious and chronic disease, injuries and mental health. The articulation between personal risk, diagnosis and prognosis throughout history and health risks affecting communities of all sizes is, we believe, a key issue. We encourage contributions treating national and chronological differences and shifts in the definitions, perceptions and representation of risks and dangers, considered globally and according to race and ethnicity, gender, class, and professional status. We also invite proposals considering the management of risk, issues of vulnerability and anxiety, as well as the role of disaster management and humanitarian interventions on the part of a range of agencies and historical actors. Submissions relating to all historical periods and all regions are welcome, as are submissions from non-members.

The Lisbon Conference will have special sessions on the ‘History of Medicine on Display’, covering museology and the history of medicine and health as well as other practices of displaying the history of medicine to the public.

Abstracts should not exceed one page and should include information on the scientific question examined, sources and approach. Abstracts must contain a title, four key words and relevant information on the speaker (name, affiliation, address, email address). In addition to single-paper proposals, the Scientific Board welcomes proposals for sessions including three or four papers (though these will be judged on their individual merits).

Please submit all proposals for papers and sessions here, and no later than 1 December 2012. For more information, click here.


CFP: Sensing Change

University of Nottingham, 27th-28th March 2013

Abstract deadline: 3rd Dec 2012

 Keynote speakers:

Prof. Nigel Thrift (University of Warwick)

Prof. Kathleen Stewart (University of Texas at Austin)

Our perception of change and of changing times is, irreducibly, sensory; we often anticipate change wordlessly: with a sense of dread or excitement or world-weariness. We may also register change belatedly, aligning our senses with events retroactively. Social, political and cultural transitions thus communicate themselves as much through dispersed sensory experiences as they do via messages and cognitive processes. Such sensory experiences are diffuse and hard to attribute, constituting intensities, moods, rhythms, atmospheres, stutterings, disruptions, banalities and frustrations. We notice change, frequently, through subtle alterations to our environments that escape straightforward rational apprehensions. Social, political and cultural transformations, then, are felt as much as they are understood. This conference will seek to investigate the question ‘what does it mean to live through change?’ by foregrounding sensory approaches.

As pioneering studies in touch, smell, taste and sound, as well as vision, have made clear, the senses play a vital role in shaping the way we interact with and attune ourselves to cultural and social environments. Theories of sense experience have long placed the human sensorium at the heart of the story of modernity. The idea of sensory overload, bombardment and enervation has come to dominate accounts of the changes brought about by the experience of modern times. Yet accounts that differentiate the sensory experiences of modernity have been few and far between, at least until recently. The notion of a homogenous sensorium bludgeoned by modernity needs to be revisited, especially in the context of the changes now being wrought by digital technologies. Equally, our understanding of the postmodern age of networks, information economies and new media requires sensory analysis.

Sensing Change offers an opportunity to reconsider the role of the senses in the grand narratives of modernity and postmodernity and to elevate sensory approaches in investigating questions of social, political and cultural change. We encourage paper proposals which foreground histories and theories of change in their examination of sensory bodies and sensory environments. Papers are encouraged in, but certainly not limited to, the following areas:

• sensory dimensions of political change (the sensory experience of revolution, uprising and political struggle, or of changing political cultures)

• sensory experiences of war and conflict

• sensory change in urban environments (urbanisation, de-urbanisation, regeneration, degeneration; sonic ecologies, techniques of illumination)

• sensing community (population displacement, diaspora, changing community relations)

• sensory selfhoods (emotions, sexualities, embodiment, disability, sensory enhancement and impairment)

• sensory discipline (training the senses, governance)

• sensory architecture (acoustics, ‘smart’ environments and haptic technologies)

• sensory marketing (neuro-aesthetics; bio-sensory mapping and data collection)

• sensory consumption (food, craft, music)

• sensing environmental change (landscape interventions, climate change)

• the changing sensory environments of work

• the changing sensory environments of home

• the changing sensory experience of leisure

• the relationship between technology and sensory change

• personal/embodied change as sensory experience (health, illness, wellbeing, aging, growing)

We invite proposals for individual papers (duration: 20 minutes) as well as for panel sessions of up to 3 papers. Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words, detailing your project together with its title, your name, academic affiliation and contact details.

If you wish to propose a session, please provide a brief statement identifying how it will address the conference theme, plus a list of speakers and paper abstracts.

The final deadline for proposals for sessions and papers is 3rd December 2012.

For any further details please contact the conference organisers Dr James Mansell and Dr Tracey Potts at this email.


CFP: Death, Dying and Disposal Conference

OU, Milton Keynes, 5th-8th September 2013

 Abstract deadline: 3rd Dec 2012, 4th March 2013

The eleventh biennial Death, Dying and Disposal conference will be held at The Open University, Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes between the 5th -8th September 2013 under the auspices of the OU’s Faculty of Health & Social Care and the Association for the Study of Death & Society (ASDS).  We are arranging what we envisage will be a thought-provoking and innovative event which will once again bring together some of the leading international academics, practitioners and experts from across the arts, humanities, social sciences and clinical fields that make up the diverse arena of death and dying studies.

The Open University Walton Hall campus is situated within attractive grounds and provides a comfortable conference setting with all accommodation within walking distance. Nearby attractions include the city of Milton Keynes which boasts an excellent shopping centre, new theatre and numerous restaurants, Bletchley Park, the famous code-breaking centre of World War II and iconic sculptures of concrete cows.  Milton Keynes is also only approximately 40 minutes from London by train.

Call for papers:

The underpinning rationale for the 2013 conference is ‘Where theory meets practice’ and the organisers welcome papers from academics, professionals and practitioners from a range of disciplines on any issue or topic which addresses this overarching theme.  Academics might like to offer papers on the impact of theory on practice or how the study of practice has changed their ideas. There is also scope for researchers to present papers on the experience of practice research. The theme should be central to your offering.

There are two submission deadlines for papers; 3rd December 2012 and the 4th March 2013 respectively.

Please submit your abstracts via email.

Conference registration opens in October 2012, so if you would like to find out more information about the conference or join our event mailing list, please visit the conference website.


CFP: DSM: The History, Theory, and Politics of Diagnosis

University of Surrey, 25th-27th March 2013

Abstract deadline: 14th Dec 2012

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Parker

2013 marks the 40-year anniversary of the vote by the members of the American Psychiatric Association to remove ‘homosexuality’ from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). 2013 is also the publication date of the fifth edition of the DSM.

To mark this anniversary and this event, the History and Philosophy Section have themed the 2013 conference ‘DSM: The History, Theory and Politics of Diagnosis.’ Individual papers or symposia in any area dealing with conceptual and historical issues in Psychology, broadly defined, are invited.

The conference is open to independent and professional scholars inall relevant fields, not just Section or British Psychological Society members. A limited number of bursaries will be available to students who have had their paper accepted for presentation.

All submissions (abstracts of 200 words) should be sent via email to Dr Geoff Bunn: by Friday 14 December 2012. Further information is available on the Section’s website.


CFP: What Does It Mean to Care? Religious Traditions & Health Professions Today

University of Chicago, 28th-30th May 2013

Abstract deadline: 17th Dec 2012

The 2nd Annual National Conference on Medicine and Religion, sponsored by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, will provide a forum for scholars and health care professionals to ask what it means to care and how religious traditions and practices—particularly those in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—inform possible answers to the question.

What is the care that faith requires, with respect to one’s patients, one’s colleagues, and oneself? How are professionalized forms of care related to and potentially in tension with the care provided in other contexts? How do both types of care relate to the care taught by different religious traditions? What sort of care does contemporary medicine propose to provide and actually provide? What can we learn from paradigmatic expressions of care found within religious texts and historical or contemporary religious communities? How do illness experiences and health care practices inform and shape religious norms and practices? How do religious traditions and practices challenge or propose an alternative to conventional health care norms and practices?

Keynote Speakers:
Najah Bazzy, RN, CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions
David Novak, PhD, Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
Warren Reich, PhD, Director of the Project for the History of Care, Georgetown University
John Swinton, PhD, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen

We invite abstracts for 60-minute panel sessions, 20-minute paper presentations, and posters around the conference theme. We also invite student participation in an essay contest.

• A panel session should incorporate a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme. The perspectives should compare and contrast and build on one another. A moderator should also be designated.

• A paper session should be a structured discussion or lecture based on a paper or a work-in-progress. The work presented may be empirical or theoretical, descriptive or normative. One or more authors may present but the first author must present. The central content of the presentation should not be previously published material.

• A poster presentation should demonstrate or explain a concept, work of art, or empirical research project.

• Student essay submissions should be full papers of no more than 6,000 words that are relevant to the conference theme. The winner will receive paid travel and a 2-night hotel stay.

All proposals must be submitted by 4pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2012.

Click here to submit an abstract. Questions should be addressed to Annikea Miller.

Location: Westin Hotel, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL


CFP: William Cullen and the Medical Enlightenment – An International Symposium

Edinburgh, 5th-6th April 2013

Abstract deadline: 20th Dec 2012

Dr William Cullen (1710-1790), chemist, medical theorist, practitioner, lecturer and author was the most influential teacher of medicine of the later eighteenth-century. This Symposium will bring together scholars for a major reassessment of his achievements and his broader significance for our understanding of Enlightenment culture.

We invite papers on any aspect of Cullen’s work and the 18th-century Scottish medical sphere. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scottish Enlightenment Contexts
  • Medical Practice and Theory
  • The Medical School and Student Diaspora
  • Cullen’s reach in Europe and North America
  • Cullen, Authorship and the History of the Book
  • Biographical and Iconographical Findings
  • Brunonianism

This Symposium, organised by the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh forms part of our collaborative Cullen Project (, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Abstracts of 300 words (for a 20-minute paper) are to be submitted by the 20th of December 2012. There is also the possibility of symposium proceedings being published in an edited volume; please let us know whether you would consent to your paper being considered when you submit your abstract.


CFP: articles on ‘Children’s Health and Well-being: policy debates & lived experience’, 21st Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph

Editors:  Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe and Sonja Olin Lauritzen

Abstract deadline: 31st Jan 2013

The 21st Sociology of Health and Illness monograph will bring together recent theoretical and methodological developments in the sociology of childhood with research findings on child health and well-being; locating the perspective and lived experience of children at the centre of knowledge production. Children’s health and illness are shaped by perceptions of childhood which can overlook their agency as social actors; such perceptions are often reproduced in health and medical practice. These dominant ideas can be challenged by a more profound understanding of children’s experiential knowledge. The physical and mental well-being of children is shaped by both the mediations of adults and children’s active contributions. Further, a focus on childhood health is an appropriate lens through which to appreciate that children uniquely experience their childhood whilst being part of the structural category of a generation. The monograph will address three cross-cutting themes:

1) Situating children within health policy sets out the significance and pervasive influence of policy in shaping understandings of the lives of children and their families. This theme will highlight the ways in which deviance from a perceived ‘norm’ becomes a matter for concern and intervention where dominant ideas have become uncritically accepted, eliciting various policy and practice responses.

2) Practices of children’s health and well-being focuses on health policy in action through exploring interaction between a range of professionals, parents and children. Parents and professionals are encouraged to play a major role in monitoring and identifying development and behaviour that appears to be outside of the norm and requires formal assessment and intervention. This theme will explore experiences of surveillance and monitoring of children’s minds and bodies looking at ways in which they are increasingly constructed as ‘at risk’, albeit in diverse ways.

3) Children as health actors highlights children’s voices, with a specific focus on the ‘lived experience’ of health or illness. We are interested particularly in children’s experiences of ‘contested’ conditions or health practices. Children’s active participation in the management of their bodies and minds through health-care encounters will be laid bare through the inclusion of instances of negotiation, resistance and re-framing.

Taken together the themes will offer examples of differing contexts and will encourage critical reflection on current and culturally specific ways of knowing and understanding children’s health. We welcome cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contributions as well as international work on the ways in which relations between generations, lay/professional encounters, contexts such as school, home, medical and welfare institutions shape and structure the lived experience of children’s health.

The monograph will appear both as a regular issue of the journal in February 2015 and in book form. Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 600 words here by 31 January 2013. Informal email enquiries prior to submission are welcome, as are suggestions for shorter contributions that might, with the assistance of the editors, be paired into more innovative submissions. Name and institutional affiliation of author(s) should also be supplied, including full contact details.

Proposals will be reviewed and potential authors notified by 31 March 2013. Short-listed authors will be invited to submit their work by 31 July 2013. Submissions will be refereed in the usual way and should follow the journal’s style guidelines.

CFP: Between Bodies Conference


Two Day Conference, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
April 5th – 6th 2013

Plenaries: Professor Francis O’Gorman, Dr Vike Plock, Dr Moynagh Sullivan

This conference engages bodies and embodiment in literature and the humanities, seeking to survey the state of scholarship and future directions after over a decade of groundbreaking work.

We particularly welcome papers that consider the body in its liminality or interactions between bodies, and papers that consider the body in relation to Ireland. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Body, soul, intellect; Sickness, medicine and mortality; Emotion, affect, sensation; Animal bodies, nonhuman bodies;The political or legal body; The body and violence; Sexuality and imtimacy; Gendered bodies, racial bodies, disabled bodies. Please email 300 word proposals (or any further queries) to by the 1st November. We also welcome proposals for 3 paper panels.

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