CFP: ‘Art History and Disability Studies’, Review of Disability Studies

Call for Papers: ‘Art History and Disability Studies’, a special issue of the Review of Disability Studies.

Art History has not been as influenced by Disability Studies as have other disciplines of the humanities.  Art Historians have analyzed images by and about disabled people without integrating Disability Studies scholarship, while many Disability Studies scholars refer to images, but do not necessarily incorporate art historical research and methodology.  This special issue centers on interdisciplinary Art History and Disability Studies scholarship.  Papers may address issues such as the following:

  • Specific representations of disability throughout art history, including works by disabled and nondisabled artists
  • Portraits of disabled individuals throughout history, with visible and/or invisible impairments
  • Scientific, anthropological, and vernacular images of disability and how they have influenced fine art
  • Representations that display disability and eroticization
  • Performance in the forms of artworks and in the everyday lives of disabled individuals
  • Exploitation versus agency
  • Theories and implications of looking/staring versus gazing in disability studies and in art history
  • Examples of visual art that represent and/or challenge stereotypes of disability

Submissions due 1st Dec 2013.  Please send an abstract and CV via email to Ann Millett-Gallant ( and Elizabeth Howie (

CFP: ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’, University of Sheffield

Event: 5th Annual International Conference, ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane’

Theme: More Questions of the Human

Date: 7th + 8th July 2014

Place: University of Sheffield, UK

follow on twitter @normalcy2014  #normalcy2014

This conference is organised by the University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Chester, the University of Toronto in association with the White Rose Studies of Ableism Research collaboration.

The University of Sheffield is delighted to be hosting this conference in July 2014. This year our call for papers encourages engagement with the human and its historically problematic relationship with idealisations of the normal, the able and the non-disabled. The last 4 normalcy conferences have seriously contested and challenged these idealisations. For #normalcy2014 we seek to up the ante a little more and debate together what kinds of human/ity should be valued in our context of austerity, economic crisis and neoliberal capitalism. Some questions that might be addressed:

  • To what extent is ‘the human’ a desirable or problematic category?
  • In what ways do normative understandings underpin ‘universal’ notions of children’s humanity?
  • What does it mean to be post-human?
  • In these times of technological and human enmeshment does it make more sense to talk of the post-human than the outdated category of human?
  • Do we need to hang on to notions of de-humanisation as powerful political statements?
  • What do post-human politics resemble?
  • How do queer, dis/ability, postcolonial analyses evoke different or alternative notions of the human?
  • How might we (not) want to resist, revise and shape notions of the human?
  • Is the human worth fighting for?
  • To what extent is the human an ableist fiction?
  • To what extent are queers and crips nightmare characters to the narratives of humanity?


Abstracts of no more than 200 words (with a short bio) should be submitted by 1st February 2014 to the

Presenters will be informed of acceptance by 1st May 2014.  To secure a place in the conference programme, presenters should have booked a place by 30th May 2014. Keynotes will be announced before November 2013. In the spirit of an eco-friendly conference, registered delegates will be sent information electronically.  Details of accommodation near the venue will also be sent to delegates.

While the conference is FREE, we have secured funding for lunch and refreshments.  Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements so we can make the catering team aware of delegate requirements.



We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield.

Normalcy2014 conference organisers in association with White Rose Studies of Ableism.

Conference organisers: Dan Goodley (UoS); Nick Hodge (SHU); Rebecca Mallett (SHU); Cassie Ogden (Univ of Chester); Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU); Jenny Slater (SHU).


The Voice of Disability Seminar Series, CCDS, Liverpool Hope University

The Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, presents ‘The Voice of Disability’ seminar series:

The last CCDS seminar series ran at Liverpool Hope University over a number of years and culminated in Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies, an edited book that we are now completing for Routledge.

Building on this success, we are hosting a new series entitled The Voice of Disability and can now confirm a number of guest speakers:

  • 18th Dec – Cleavings: Critical Losses and Deaf Gain. Prof Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego) 
  • 15th Jan – Creative/Critical Research: The Poem sequence ‘Phantom/Sex Ontology’. Dr Cath Nichols (University of Leeds)
  • 12th Feb – Oneself as Another:  The Problem of ‘Voice’ in Alzheimer’s Life Writing. Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • 12th Mar – Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy. Prof Tom Couser (Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York) 
  • 21st May – The Reality and Rhetoric of Pupil Voice: Exploring the Educational Journeys of Young People Labelled with Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties. Dr Marie Caslin (Liverpool Hope University)
  • 25th Jun – Young DaDa: Evaluating Participation in the Arts. Dr Claire Penketh (Liverpool Hope University)

These Wednesday seminars will all be held at 2:15-3:45 in EDEN 109, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Senior Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies,


Telephone: 0151 291 3346

Disability and Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, 1660-1832, University of Northumbria

We are pleased to announce an upcoming event as part of the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, 1660-1832,’ run by the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle.

14th November 2013
Northumbria University

How do the complicated and contested concepts and fields of disability and fashionable disease relate to each other, if at all?  How are they represented within the spheres of literature and cultural representation generally?  This workshop aims to begin an exploration of the subject with the help of two experts in the field of contemporary literature and disability studies.

Michael Davidson
Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego
Author of Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body

Stuart Murray
Professor of Literature, University of Leeds
Author of Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination

The event will be held on 14th November 2013, 11am-1:30pm, Boardroom 1, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University.  It is free to attend and a light lunch will be provided.  All are most welcome.  To reserve a place, please email

For more information about the Fashionable Diseases Leverhulme project, please visit our website:

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CFP: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter

The Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter will be holding an interdisciplinary medical humanities conference for postgraduate researchers on the 24th and 25th July 2014.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the broad scope of exciting research being carried out in the field of the medical humanities at present. As such we welcome abstracts on any aspect of the medical humanities from postgraduates working in all disciplines, including but not restricted to English Literature, History, Film, Classics and Art History.

The conference will provide a forum for postgraduate scholars to exchange ideas and share their research in a friendly and engaging environment. The event will also allow delegates to discuss their work with senior academics in the field including keynote speakers and other members of the Exeter Centre for Medical History.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Anne Borsay, Swansea University

Dr Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter

The event will close with a roundtable session drawing together the themes arising from the conference and reflecting on future directions of research in the medical humanities.

We invite applicants to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers (previously unpublished), sent here, by Friday 28th March 2014 with the ‘subject’ of the email as ‘PGMH conference abstract’.

Once the deadline has passed a panel will review the abstracts anonymously and applicants will receive a decision and feedback on their submissions. If your paper is not selected we very much hope you will still be able to attend the conference and participate in the discussion.

We hope to be able to offer a small number of travel bursaries which will be announced closer to the event.

Assistant Professor in Medical Humanities, California State University, Los Angeles

A great opportunity to become an Assistant Professor in the Honors College and the Department of Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles. This appointment is particularly for those with research and teaching experience in medical humanities:

Candidates should have expertise in Medical Humanities, including mastery of interdisciplinary methodologies from the humanities and/or qualitative social sciences and a demonstrated ability to use these methodologies to engage medicine and science in innovative ways. Candidates should provide record of or potential for scholarly activity (involving students whenever possible) and peer-reviewed publications, as well as the demonstrated potential for effective teaching using a variety of methodologies.

Review of applications will begin on 15th November 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Further details here:\Liberal%20Studies\Assistant%20Professor

Accentuate Report on the Cultural Legacy of 2012 Paralympics

Reblogged from Disability Research Forum.

Accentuate UK is an organization that was originally set up to focus on the 2012 Paralympics Legacy Programme for the South East.  It continues its work exploring ways to get disabled people more involved in the arts and cultural sector.

Accentuate recently produced a report in partnership with Demos to review the cultural legacy of the Paralympics. The report is now available on their website at

CFP: 1st Global Conference on Sexuality and Disability, Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: 6th – 8th May 2014

Place: Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

“Sexuality is an integral part of the personality of everyone: man, woman and child; it is a basic need and aspect of being human that cannot be separated from other aspects life.” (World Health Organisation)

Statistics suggest that over 50 percent of disabled people do not have a sex life, which is not surprising given the fact that disabled people are too often considered as non-sexual or asexual. Recent television programmes shown in the UK have attempted to document the sex and love lives of the disabled, The Undateables and Sex on Wheels (both Channel 4 TV). While such programmes can be seen as progressive in terms of acknowledging that disabled people want and/or have sex lives, moving away from the popular perception of disabled people as asexual, they also perpetuate the medical model of disability in which disability is constructed in sympathetic terms and portrayed in a voyeuristic fashion: disability as object of festishistic scopophilia. While social issue cinema continues to evoke sympathy rather than challenge conventions, horror cinema constructs disability not only as sexualised but often as monstrous abnormality linked with criminality. Images of disability may aim at evoking disgust through the construction of the discourse of abjection. In addition, the sex lives of the disabled are too often ignored within the arena of disability politics itself.

This conference seeks to challenge popular conceptions and perceptions of sexuality and disability. In addition to academic papers, we are particularly interested in opening up a space for the discussion of personal experiences of disability and sexuality and the role of sex workers, community programs and the work of sex educators. Inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives are sought on sexuality and disability, including cross-cultural and transcultural perspectives. Non-traditional presentations are encouraged including workshops, performances and round table discussions.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are also invited on any of the following themes:

1. Representations of Disability and Sexuality

  • Visual images: painting, photography, advertising
  • Moving images: television, film, video, theatre, performance art
  • Music and disability: music videos, groups, artists
  • Narratives of disability: poetry, biography, autobiography, fiction and non-fiction

2. Desire and Disability

  • The fetishization of disability
  • Normative/Non-normative desires
  • Voyeurism and disability
  • Eroticism and disability
  • Disability and the politics of disgust
  • Dating and disability

3. Gender and Disability

  • Feminism and disability politics
  • Femininity and Masculinity and disability
  • Gender, class and disability
  • Body image and disability

4. Sexualities of Disability

  • Queer, trans, and other non-normative sexualities
  • Disabilities and sexualities
  • Aging and sexuality
  • Appropriate versus inappropriate expressions of sexuality

5. Difference and Disability

  • Visible/invisible disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health issues including depression
  • Ethnicity, sexuality and disability

6. Sex Work and Disability

  • Sex educators
  • Sex workers
  • Community programs
  • State run programs

7. Law, Ethics, the State and Disability

  • Eugenics and state stationed sterilisation
  • Legislation, disability and sexuality
  • Ethics, desire and disability
  • Cultural conceptions of disability and sexuality
  • Sexual abuse and disability

Presentations will also be considered on any related theme.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between the experience of prison, and/or responsible and ethical living and/or disability and sexuality.

What to send: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: SD1 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:

Colette Balmain:<

Rob Fisher:<

The conference is part of the Gender and Sexuality 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. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Beyond Autism: Re-Thinking the Label, Sheffield Hallam University

Where: Stoddart Building (Ground Floor), Howard Street, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 1WB

When: Saturday 9th November 2013, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

The Event: The number of people being diagnosed with autism is growing, at this event we ask is this a good thing for people labelled with autism?  The discussion will focus on the controversies surrounding the use of autism as a label to explain the ways in which people behave. This event will be of interest to a general audience and is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.


Chaired by Prof. Dan Goodley.  Tea/Coffee on arrival for 1.30pm start.

1.30pm: Presentations

Katherine Runswick-Cole, “What autism means to me: A mother’s view”

Sami Timimi, “What do we know about the biology of autism?”

2.00pm: Discussion I

2.30pm: Presentations

Graham Collins, “Questions of Treatment”

Rebecca Mallett, “Buying and Selling Autism: The Label as Commodity”

Paul Maloney, “A social-materialist approach to understanding and working with people who have been given an ASD diagnosis”

3.00pm: Discussion II

3.30pm: Tea/Coffee Break

4.00pm: Plenary (Discussant, Tom Muskett)

4.30pm: Finish

Call for Special Issues: Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Proposals for special issues

If you are interested in guest editing a special issue of JLCDS, please send a proposal on or before 10th January 2014.

Your proposal should consist of a title, a 500-700 word summary, and brief bios of the proposed guest editors.

Other special issues include:

1.1 – Disability and/as Poetry, Jim Ferris, 2007.
1.2 – Disability and the Dialectic of Dependency, Michael Davidson, 2007.
2.1 – The Representation of Cognitive Impairment, Lucy Burke, 2008.
3.2 – Blindness and Literature, Georgina Kleege, 2009.
3.3 – Deleuze, Disability, and Difference, Petra Kuppers and James Overboe, 2009.
4.2 – Ablenationalism and the Geo-Politics of Disability, Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell, 2010.
4.3 – Disabling Postcolonislism, Clare Barker and Stuart Murray, 2010.
5.2 – Representing Disability and Emotion, Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast, 2011.
5.3 – Disability and Life Writing, G. Thomas Couser, 2011.
6.2 – Popular Genres and Disability Representation, Ria Cheyne, 2012.
7.2 – Disability and Native American/Indigenous Studies, Siobhan Senier and Clare Barker, 2013.
7.3 – Disability, Humour and Comedy, Tom Coogan and Rebecca Mallett, 2013.
8.2 – Cripistemologies, part 1, Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer, 2014.
8.3 – Cripistemologies, part 2, Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer, 2014.
9.2 – Disability and the American Counterculture, Stella Bolaki and Chris Gair 2015.
9.3 – Disability and visual culture, Alice Hall and Tobin Siebers, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt
Senior Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies: