Research Assistant – Executive Functions in Deaf Children

University College London, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary will be £28,338 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.


Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant on the project Executive Function in Deaf Children, based at DCAL, the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL under the direction of Professor Gary Morgan. This project studies how deafness and language learning experience (both signing and speech) impact on executive function, working memory and associated verbal and non-verbal cognitive abilities with the aim of elucidating the relationship between language and related cognitive skills within a developmental framework.

The post holder will carry out research into deaf children’s cognitive developments, as well as, manage a data base of 120 primary school age deaf and hearing children already recruited into the study. This research will involve checking the completeness of scores from language and cognitive tests, scoring assessments already carried out when necessary, keeping close contact with the families of these children with updates and news of forthcoming testing, coordinating project meetings and all communication with the grant holders, researchers, technical and deaf liaison support workers and contributing to preparation of reports and publications. You will also test a subgroup of the children already recruited with a second set of language and cognitive tests focusing on executive function.

This post is funded for 18 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate must have a good first degree in a relevant subject such as Psychology or Speech & Language Therapy, as well as BSL CACDP level 2 or above. The post-holder must have previous experience of testing deaf and hearing children aged 5-14 years using BSL where appropriate at home and at school. Excellent face to face and written communication skills are essential, as well as interpersonal skills with both deaf and hearing people.

UCL Reference: 1343843.

Applicants should apply online. Please click the ‘Apply’ button below.

Applications should include a personal statement and CV.

For informal queries, please contact Professor Gary Morgan, email: For information about the application process, please contact Manjula Patrick, email:

Closing Date: 26 July 2013

Interview Date: To be confirmed


CFP: Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture (Cornwall, 19th-20th Sept. 2013)

Date: 19th-20th September 2013

Location: Falmouth University, Cornwall

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Tony Walter, Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath Professor Alan Bleakley, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry Dr Michele Aaron, Dept. of Film and American Studies, University of Birmingham

MALADY AND MORTALITY 2013 will explore critical and creative responses to illness, death and dying in literary and visual culture. It welcomes a variety of approaches and perspectives (autobiographical, critical, visual, medical, fictional and non-fictional) and is open to artists, academics, medical practitioners, writers, journalists, medical technologists, undergraduates and postgraduates.

Areas of interest include: The Body in Pain, Memory and Mourning, (e-)Narratives and Patient Testimony, Public Health and Medicine, Health and Environment, Disease, Disability and Subjectivity/Agency, Medical Identities, Illness and Digital Technologies/Patient Networks, Palliative Care, Quality of Life and Euthanasia and Death, Dying and Artes Moriendi.

Early Bird Conference Fee (for 2 days): £100 (with dinner) / £80 (without dinner)

For further details contact: Dr. Helen Thomas or visit the Conference website.

Registration Open: ‘The Mutilated Body’ Conference (8th–9th July 2013)

The Mutilated Body
Medieval and Early Modern Student Association Postgraduate Conference
8th-9th July 2013, St John’s College, Durham University

MEMSA is proud to announce its seventh annual postgraduate conference, an event designed to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers in interdisciplinary dialogue. This year’s topic is the Mutilated Body, where delegates will explore aspects of destruction, disability, and personhood in the medieval and Early Modern periods, investigating medical humanities and hagiography, as well as interpretations of the conceptualisation of mutilated corporeality, as typified by books, the nation-state and kingship, or Christendom. Keynote speakers will be Professor Faith Wallis (McGill University) and Professor Charlotte Roberts (Durham University). Delegates will also have the option to tour the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition, following a talk by Professor Richard Gameson (Durham University).

Please visit the event website to register online.

CFP: Disability, Illness and Religion Conference

Venue:  School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway
Dates:  7th-9th May 2014

Keynote speakers: Professor John Swinton (University of Aberdeen), Professor Candida Moss (Notre Dame University), Dr. Micheline Kamba (Université Protestante au Congo)

Call for papers:
The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion in May 2014 aims to promote discussions within the fields of theology and religious studies that focus on illness and disability. Disability studies, Dignity studies and other interdisciplinary approaches are fairly new approaches in these fields. These perspectives have, however, become important avenues for new insights. Within the field of Biblical Studies, we have seen several edited volumes and monographs that engage with Disability Studies and apply this approach on the biblical texts. Within systematic theology we have seen constructive attempts at creating a disability theology. Within religious studies, we have seen engagements with issues such as the intersection of religion, disability, literature and art, and the intersection of environmental crisis and disability. Further investigations are nevertheless called for and should be encouraged.

For the conference we invite papers pertaining to analyses of disability and illness within the disciplines of theology and religious studies, including (but not limited to) the following:

Global perspectives on health, illness, disability and religion:

  • Colonial representations of the body
  • Disability in Islam, Judaism and other world religions
  • Intersections of dis/ability, gender, class and race
  • Economic and socio-political perspectives
  • Mission encounters

Disability, Illness and sacred texts:

  • Disability and the Bible (We particularly encourage papers on the New Testament, as this is underrepresented in current research), Tanach, Quran, etc
  • Illness and sacred texts
  • Disability, illness and healing in ecclesiastical history

Church, disability and inclusion:

  • Mental disabilities and organized religion
  • Theologies of the broken body
  • Dignity Studies
  • Denominational differences in approaches to illness and healing
  • Stigma
  • Care as a Christian praxis

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st Oct 2013

Find information on abstract submission and preregistration at

For questions, please contact Anna Rebecca Solevåg:

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority (University of Glasgow, 23rd-­25th August 2013)

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the conference, ‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority, has opened. The conference will be hosted by the Medical Humanities Research Centre at the University of Glasgow from 23-25 August 2013.

The plenary speakers will be:

  • Professor Rita Charon (Columbia University): ‘To Write is to Undergo’
  • Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham): ‘Treating fictions: Are patients real?’
  • Professor G. Thomas Couser (Hofstra University): ‘Vulnerable Subjects’
  • Darryl Cunningham: ‘Cartooning, Creativity, and Mental Health’

We are looking forward to welcoming speakers from a wide range of clinical, creative, academic, and service-user backgrounds.

The registration form and the draft programme are available on the conference website here.

Max Planck Institute pre/postdoc position, “The Construction of Norms” (Berlin, 2014)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, announces 1 Pre/Postdoctoral position for one year (with possible extension)

Starting date: January 1, 2014 (flexible)

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the United States.

Research projects should fit with one of the project’s focal points, deafness or hysteria, or any medical category (including disability), and address any period between the early seventeenth century and the late nineteenth century and any European country or the United States. Comparative studies are welcome.

Although projects must have a history of science component, this may be in either the natural or the human sciences, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including history of psychology, legal history, history of medicine, technology studies, disability studies, linguistics, comparative literature, history of philosophy, and others. Projects involving large scale translation of Latin sources on Sign Language or on conceptions of sound and hearing will also be considered. Doctoral candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply. Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute. The Institute language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language.

The successful applicant may be employed as a predoctoral fellow rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system, or alternatively receive a fellowship (monthly stipend: € 1,365). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

The postdoctoral fellowship is endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany).

Pre-doctoral candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, dissertation project outline (maximum 3,000 words), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately)

Postdoctoral candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including list of publications, copies of certificates, research project (maximum 3,000 words), a publication sample, addresses of two referees (preferably including email) and the names and addresses of two referees (preferably including email) who have already been contacted by the applicant to confirm their willingness to submit letters of presentation.

Candidates with a project involving large-scale translation of Latin sources should send a curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, a detailed cover letter, a translation sample from a Latin text written between the 16th and the 18th centuries (published or not), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately)

The Max Planck Research Group (Sabine Arnaud) is also accepting proposals for non-funded Visiting Fellowships from one month to a year. These positions are normally open to doctoral candidates or post-docs who have external funding. The Max Planck Research Group (Sabine Arnaud) will support a limited number of funding applications to organizations such as Fulbright, DAAD, and Humboldt-Stiftung for fellowships starting in 2014, or 2015.

Please send your application in English no later than 31st July 2013 to:

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Administration, MRG Arnaud – fellowships
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin

(Electronic submission is also possible:

For administrative questions concerning the fellowships and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß (, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider (, Research Coordinator.

“The Trade in Lunacy”: A Theatrical Examination of 18th Century Private Asylums (Coventry, 27th-29th June 2013)

Trade in Lunacy: A Theatrical Examination of 18th Century Private AsylumsTrade in Lunacy: A Theatrical Examination of 18th Century Private Asylums

The Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine is delighted to announce a new public engagement collaboration with Talking Birds linked to Professor Hilary Marland’s research entitled: ‘Trade in Lunacy’, supported by the Wellcome Trust’s Centre Strategic Award; Situating Medicine: New Directions in the History of Medicine and Arts Council, England.

The Trade in Lunacy is a chamber theatre performance inspired by the practices of treating those diagnosed with ‘diseases of the mind’ in private houses set up by individual entrepreneurs to generate income and enhance claims to cure.

Performances will run 27th to 29th June @ 2pm, 5pm and 6.30pm each day, with an expert panel discussion and reception following the 27 June (6.30pm) performance from 7.15pm

Further details and booking information is available via the webpage.

New book series: Literary Disability Studies

Literary Disability Studies

New Palgrave Macmillan Book Series

Edited by:

  • David Bolt, Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Elizabeth J. Donaldson, New York Institute of Technology, USA
  • Julia Miele Rodas, Bronx Community College, City University of New York, USA

Literary Disability Studies is the first book series dedicated to the exploration of literature and literary topics from a disability studies perspective. Focused on literary content and informed by disability theory, disability research, disability activism, and disability experience, the Palgrave Macmillan series provides a home for a growing body of advanced scholarship exploring the ways in which the literary imagination intersects with historical and contemporary attitudes toward disability. This cutting edge interdisciplinary work will include both monographs and edited collections (as well as focused research that does not fall within traditional monograph length).

The series is supported by an editorial board of internationally-recognised literary scholars specialising in disability studies:

  • Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Pennsylvania State University
  • G. Thomas Couser, Professor of English emeritus, Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
  • Michael Davidson, Vice Chair in the Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego
  • Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson, Professor of English and Director of Composition, Miami University, Ohio
  • Tobin Siebers, V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Art and Design, University of Michigan

For information about submitting a Literary Disability Studies book proposal, please contact David Bolt (, Elizabeth J. Donaldson (, and/or Julia Miele Rodas (

Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Department of Modern Languages, College of Humanities


The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Dr David Houston Jones. This EU-funded post is available from 1 December 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter until 30 June 2015. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr David Houston Jones on a research project on the long-term cultural legacy of facial disfigurement and facial surgery in World War I.

The post will include carrying out research, contributing to the development of educational resources and collaborating in the organization of workshops, project meetings and exhibitions. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the history and testimonial literature of Les Gueules Cassées and will demonstrate native or near-native competence in French.

For further information please contact Dr David Houston Jones, e-mail or telephone (01392) 724228.

The starting salary will be from £25,504 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.

The closing date for completed applications is 30th June 2013. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 15th July 2013.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


Please send your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees, along with a completed application and equal opportunities form to Kerrie Brealy ( quoting the reference number P45283 in any correspondence.

To download the application and equal opportunities form please follow the below links;

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CFP: Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture

‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind’: Disability in Jewish thought and culture

31st March – 2nd April 2014
Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp

Keynote lectures by R. dr. Zvi Marx, author of Disability in Jewish Law (Routledge, 2002) and Prof. dr. Jeremy Schipper, author of Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Oxford University Press, 2011).

In sharp contrast to Aristotle’s statement that there ought to be a “law that no crippled child be reared” the Mishnah never even considers infanticide as a possibility. The rabbis cherish life and see human variety as evidence of God’s greatness. Despite this positive attitude towards the disabled, they were excluded from many religious practices. Access to the sanctuary of the Temple was severely limited for the disabled, as God’s presence in the Holy of Holies could be lethal and physical perfection was required to even survive it. At the same time, there are several examples of people with disabilities who played a crucial role in Biblical history. Jacov limped his way into greatness, while Moses spoke some of history’s greatest orations with a speech impediment. After 70 CE the Halacha left the narrow confines of priestly cult and started a long process of regulatory thinking on disability in daily life that continues to this day.

In the wake of the explosion of interest in the relationship between biblical and cultural studies in the past decade, biblical scholars have started to engage disability studies. Some conclude that Jewish law labels the disabled as outsiders, and argue that Judaism needs to be rewritten to include people with disabilities. Others focus on the narratives and find a system supportive of vulnerable people, one that seeks to empower the disempowered, often informed by the Biblical injunction against placing a stumbling block before the blind (Lev 19:14) nor to ‘ridicule or curse the deaf, who could not hear the ridicule or curse, and therefore could not defend himself’ (Psalm 38:15). The actual behavior and various attitudes towards disability that exist and have existed in religious communities show again a very different story.

‘Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture’ aims to bring people together who in their research address the theology, history and practical experience of disability and Judaism. We will focus both on rabbinical theological debates, on practical implementation of religious beliefs and on the genuine experience of disability in the Jewish community, in order to understand the many tensions that arise between the different traditional sources themselves and between orthodoxy and practice. The conference will be focused on – although certainly not limited to – the meaning of deafness, and disabilities connected to childhood and old age in these discussions.

In the history of thinking about disability, deafness has always challenged people to rethink their opinions within a context of extreme paradoxes. In a context of Judaism – as a belief and practice centred around of the spoken and written word and a strong culture of dialogue – we will give special attention to how Jewish thought are contributing to the contemporary discourse about medical and sociocultural models of disability and disability culture, and how the Halacha and Agadda can contribute to thinking the paradoxes which arise in the context of the recent technological (r)evolution of the 21st century.

Examples of questions:

  • To what extent is the Judaic approach to disability linked to social, historical, religious factors?
  • How should we – according to Jewish law & narrative relate to disability?
  • What does the development of new technology mean for the relation between disability and Judaism? Do we have the duty to except or to correct a disability? Under which conditions do we have to except or correct disabilities?
  • Can Thora be read in sign language for deaf people? Does learning a spoken language override a visual language or vice versa? Is it enough to use language only for phatic communication or is Thora asking for higher order of communication?
  • Can deaf parents choose for deaf children and vice versa?

Please send your abstracts (500 words) and short bio to David Dessin ( by 31st August 2013.