Full/Associate Professor in Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Disability Studies Cluster Job Announcement

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of full or associate professor in disability studies.  The candidate will be appointed as the Haas Chair in Disability Studies. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2014. The successful candidate will be housed in the academic unit(s) most relevant to his or her specialization.  Joint appointments are possible.  The search is part of the interdisciplinary Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and will be conducted under the auspices of its Disability Studies Research Cluster. Applicants may read about the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at http://diversity.berkeley.edu/haas-institute.

The successful applicant for this first of two faculty positions in the Cluster will help develop UC Berkeley’s strengths and potential so that the campus can play a leading role in theoretical and applied research, policy analysis, teaching, and community partnership on disability issues. We seek a scholar or a leader of outstanding creative work, achievement and reputation whose work complements that of existing faculty on campus and whose research helps further the general goals of disability studies: eliminating barriers to full social integration, advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities, elucidating the social complexities of disability experience, and opening up new ways of thinking about and from the vantage point of disability.

The successful candidate will be expected to become a core faculty member of the Disability Research Cluster, be actively involved in planning Cluster programming and research, share responsibility for the administration of the Cluster, and teach, possibly including courses in the undergraduate Disability Studies minor program.

The ideal candidate will have a record of leadership as an engaged scholar or nationally recognized creative leader with proven understanding of advocacy, community work, and a range of disability issues.  We are particularly but not exclusively interested in candidates in the following fields: public policy; law; architecture; disability-related design (in a number of possible fields, including design for the built environment, human/computer interaction, and new media); education; city and regional planning; work in any of these fields (and more) on emerging new directions for disability studies (for instance, on nonvisible, cognitive and psychosocial disability, and on links between disability studies and deaf studies); work in any of these fields (and more) that develops new critical paradigms for understanding disability in relation to race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, transnational perspectives, and economic disparities.  The applicant should be able to work collaboratively across disciplines and help develop new interdisciplinary approaches in disability studies.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. or its equivalent in a relevant field (for example, a J.D. for a law professor) or its equivalent in terms of creative work at the time of application, outstanding research accomplishment, and the capacity for distinguished teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To apply, go to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00185 Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, summary of teaching experience and interests, 2 required significant publications or works-in-progress and 1 additional optional, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Early applications are encouraged.  The deadline for complete applications is October 21, 2013.

Letters of reference do not need to be sent at this time, but references may be contacted later with prior consent.  All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letter.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at calcierge@berkeley.edu or visit http://calcierge@berkeley.edu

Questions concerning this recruitment can be directed to Toni Whittle-Ciprazo at algran@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-4190.

Call for Chapter Contributions: Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Health, Trauma, and Disability

Edited by: Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta

The editors welcome submissions that thematically address the following from a folkloristic perspective:

  • Stigma and/or public perceptions about mental health/ illness, trauma, and disability
  • Narratives about mental health/ illness, trauma, and/or disability
  • Folkloric explanations for mental health/ illness, trauma, and/or disability (including beliefs)
  • Tellability and untellability
  • Non-narrativity
  • Stigmatized vernacular
  • The intersection of embodiment with mental health/ illness, trauma, and disability
  • Bodylore as it relates to wellness, mental health/ illness, trauma, and disability
  • Traditions of disbelief seen as “mental illness”
  • Folk medicine as it relates to the themes of mental health/ illness, trauma, and disability
  • “Best” medical practices (as they correlate to folk knowledge)
  • Unofficial knowledge vs. official knowledge
  • Fieldwork best practices, auto-ethnography, reciprocal ethnography pertaining to mental health/ illness, trauma, and disability

The editors of the volume are in discussion with the University Press of Mississippi regarding publication and will be sharing selected contributors’ abstracts with the editor-in-chief of the press. Those interested in contributing to “Diagnosing Folklore” should submit a tentative chapter title and 400-word abstract to Trevor J. Blank via email atblanktj@potsdam.edu by no later than Monday, 2nd September 2013. Selected authors will be notified of their acceptance by October 1, 2013. Initial chapter drafts of approximately 6,000 to 10,000 words will be due in June 2014.

CFP: Autism and Spirituality Day Seminar, University of Glasgow

Autistic Spectrum People and Religion Research Group (ASPARRG)

Sat 5th October 2013

Keynote Speaker: Dr Olga Bogdashina, on her new book Autism and Spirituality


ASPARRG is a network of academics, practitioners and faith community representatives who explore in an interdisciplinary setting, how autism and spirituality intersect.

We welcome involvement from all faith communities, perspectives and academic disciplines. We recognise that ASD people’s thinking styles are often different to the norm, so spiritual practice might also be different.  As ASD people often find social situations difficult, public worship can also be a difficult experience. However, ASD people often have great gifts to bring to faith communities, too.

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

ASPARRG would also welcome papers/presentations on the following topics:

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

Closing dates for abstracts (max 200 words): 20th September 2013

Abstracts and inquiries to:

Ruth Dunster r.dunster.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Christopher Barber cfbarber@hotmail.com

Academy on Human Rights Essay Award (Disability and International Human Law)

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of the following: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses. For detailed guidelines about the award please visit:
www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm or contact us at: hracademy@wcl.american.edu



Disability Studies Quarterly: Call for Editorial Board Nominations

Disability Studies Quarterly 

Call for Editorial Board nominations (including self-nominations)

Disability Studies Quarterly announces a call for members of the Editorial Board.   Members of the Editorial Board  can expect to:

  • review a manuscript every 4-6 weeks (depending on areas of expertise)
  • file reviews, with thorough comments and recommendations, in a timely manner

Members of the DSQ Editorial Board are appointed to a terms of three years, with the possibility of renewal.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the editorial board, please send the following materials to Bruce Henderson, Editor-in-Chief, and Julie-Ann Scott, Associate Editor, at dsqjournal@gmail.com:  1) a cover letter, stating your interest in being considered for the Board, as well as a description of special areas of interest and expertise; and 2) a CV.

Growth in the number and diversity of submissions received each year confirm the critical role DSQ plays in advancing Disability Studies in the U.S. and around the world.

While we welcome applications from people in all areas of scholarship, DSQ has a critical need for reviewers in the following areas:

  1. social and public policy;
  2. political science and theory;
  3. international/global/area scholarship (any region or regions welcome);
  4. fine, performing, and popular arts;
  5. intersectional studies (inter/multidisciplinary, identity studies)

If you are unable to make a commitment to full membership on the Editorial Board perhaps you are able to serve in an ad hoc capacity, reviewing an occasional manuscript that suits your expertise. Ad hoc reviewers are also encouraged to submit materials for consideration.

While we will be reviewing applications and inquiries as they come in, it would be most helpful if those interested in serving on the Editorial Board would submit the above material by August 21.

An interdisciplinary journal relies heavily on the expertise and professionalism of its editorial board. Thanks very much for considering the role you can play in supporting the flagship journal in the field of Disability Studies.

New Disability Studies MA, Liverpool Hope University

New Disability Studies MA
Centre for Culture and Disability Studies
Liverpool Hope University

Disability Studies is a relatively new but rapidly growing academic discipline, as illustrated by the international proliferation of courses, events, networks, journals, book series, monographs, edited collections, and so on. Though drawing on this progress substantially, the new Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University differs from similar programmes insofar as it places particular emphasis on cultural issues. We are not only interested in the policies, prejudices, and professions around disability, but also its representation in literature, media, film, art, and so on.

Liverpool Hope University is well suited as a host for this programme. The regional, national, and international profile of the programme is enhanced greatly by the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies – and, by extension, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, the Literary Disability Studies book series, the on-going seminar series, the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars, and an enthusiastic team of widely published tutors.

Thanks to the expert guidance of Prof. Dan Goodley, the course has now been validated and thus commences October 2013. The modules covered include Critical Disability Theory; Disability and Professional Practice; Modelling Disability; Disability and Disciplines; Research Methods; and a Dissertation.

For more information, please visit the webpage: http://www.hope.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduatecourses/disabilitystudiesma/

Alternatively, contact the course leader Dr David Bolt (dbsw@hope.ac.uk), Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University.