CFP: Autism and Religion Research Group Seminar Day, 5th Oct 2013

Autistic Spectrum People and Religion Research Group (ASPARRG)

Seminar Day at University of Glasgow, 5th October 2013

ASPARRG would welcome papers/presentations on the following topics:

  • Autism and religion(s)
  • Autism and spirituality
  • Autism, community and inclusion

Closing dates for abstracts (max 500 words): 20th September 2013

ASPARRG emerged from a joint initiative by staff at the University of Aberdeen and Cardiff University to establish an inter-disciplinary network of academics and practitioners with a common interest in the many ways in which matters of religion/spirituality and the spectrum of autism conditions may intersect. Its members come from fields as diverse as anthropology, history of religions, psychiatry, nursing and health care, practical and disability theology, ethics and ICT, literary and cultural criticism and autism research. The Group normally meets at least once a year. In 2009 a double issue of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, on the subject of ‘Autism and Religion’, was the first published outcome of two workshops, funded by the British Academy, during 2007-2008.

ASPARRG welcomes inquiries from academics or faith representatives interested in our work, and further information can be obtained by contacting the organisers.

Abstracts, booking and inquiries to:

Ruth Dunster,

Christopher Barber,

CFP: ‘Disability, War and Violence’, 20th-22nd March 2014

American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA

With the converging phenomena of global warfare, colonial disease and violence, Enlightenment discourse, and medical innovation, the Long Eighteenth Century presents a rich and historically crucial site for growing scholarship in critical disability studies. War and violence have long been guiding rubrics in the period’s scholarship. And, moreover, war and violence have been the conventional starting point for Disability Studies (the American Civil War in US studies, and the First World War in UK studies). But only recently have we paid closer attention to the role disability plays in understanding the impact of early modern war and violence at home and abroad. Bearing in mind these historical and cultural intersections, it seems vital that eighteenth-century studies be re-examined not only in the light of contemporary disability awareness, but also within mainstream discourses of the eighteenth century that marginalize differences of the body or the mind.

Thus, the newly established ASECS Disability Studies Caucus invites submission of papers dealing with critical disability history or theory and war and/or violence. Broad themes may include:

  • historical representation of disability
  • genre and normativity
  • discourses of wholeness
  • idealisms of the body and mind
  • sensory impairments
  • blindness and discourses of vision
  • hearing and auditory interruption
  • colonial illness and military medicine
  • cognitive and neuro-difference
  • mobility and environment
  • trauma
  • impediments and therapies of speech
  • cultural representations of war veterans
  • images, history, or pathology of amputation
  • victims of ridicule and/or violence related to physical or mental illness
  • disability in domestic or foreign conflicts
  • riots, crime, household aggression
  • histories of medicine and illness.

We especially welcome papers exploring notions of disability, war, and violence beyond a British context. Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief c.v. to both chairs:

Chris Mounsey, U. of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, UK; Tel: (+44) 7981 883815;

J. S. Richman, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Tel: (719) 389-6889;

CFP: New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies

Special Issue on New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies

Volume 30, Issue 1, Winter 2015

Edited by Kim Q. Hall

Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking new work for a special issue on disability with the general theme of New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies. In 2001 Hypatia published its first special issue on feminist philosophy and disability. Since that time, there has been a great deal of disability scholarship in feminist and queer theory. A new special issue provides the opportunity to consider interventions, innovations, and transformations in feminist theory occasioned by theories and concepts that animate feminist disability studies, disability studies, queer disability studies/crip theory.

Within philosophy, much of the discussion of disability has occurred in the areas of bioethics, ethics of care, and social and political philosophy. This work remains crucial for furthering philosophical understanding of disability. In addition to these areas of philosophy, this special issue seeks to provide a space for new feminist philosophical analyses of disability, as well as new feminist, queer, and feminist queer crip conversations between scholarship on disability in ethics and social and political philosophy and scholarship on disability in epistemology, science studies, environmental philosophy, ecofeminism, queer ecology, aesthetics, critical race theory, metaphysics, phenomenology, and queer theory. Papers on any topic pertaining to feminist or feminist queer crip analyses of disability are welcome, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Disability and Phenomenology
  • Disability and epistemologies of ignorance
  • Disability, gender, race, class, and sexuality
  • Disability, national identity, and nationalism
  • Disability and/as “assemblage”
  • Disability and the question of “the animal”
  • Disability and posthumanism
  • Disability, ethics, and politics
  • Disability and globalization
  • Access, accommodation, quality of life
  • Bodies and borders
  • Able-bodiedness and able-mindedness
  • Disability and environmentalism, ecology, ecofeminism, and/or queer ecology
  • Disability, feminist materialism, and “agential realism”
  • The relationship between impairment and disability identity
  • Illness, disease, impairment, bodily limitation, pain, failure
  • Disability and the meaning and/or experience of sex and gender, transgender,and intersex
  • Disability and orientation/ reorientation/ disorientation of understandings of time and space
  • Disability, feminist materialism, and “agential realism”
  • Disability and critical analyses of science, scientific knowledge, nature, and human nature
  • Feminist/queer/crip perspectives on the Occupy Movement and other global movements for economic, environmental, social, and political justice
  • The meaning of art and aesthetic concepts through the lens of disability
  • Rethinking the canon of western philosophy through the lens of feminist disability studies

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2013.

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines

Please submit your paper to manuscript central (Wiley-Blackwell) website:

When you submit, make sure to select “Disability” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor, Kim Q. Hall:, indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.

Kim Q. Hall, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Council Coordinator

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University


CFP: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities

This year the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History is launching PJMH: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, a new online interdisciplinary publication authored and edited by postgraduate students. PJMH will be publishing professional peer-reviewed research and book reviews on all topics relating to the medical humanities.

PJMH is now accepting articles and book reviews for the inaugural 2014 volume. Original articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, and book reviews should be between 500 and 1000 words. Please refer to the MRHA Style Guide for style requirements and use British spellings in all cases except for direct quotations which use alternative spellings.

Please email all submissions as Word attachments to Please ensure that your name is not written anywhere on your document in order to in order to ensure a blind peer review process. If you have any questions about the editorial process or PJMH: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Communications Officer, Lori Lee Oates, or the Editors, Sarah Jones and Jess Monaghan at the above address. The deadline for submissions is Friday 27th September 2013 for both original articles and book reviews.