CFP: Working for Disability Equality in Higher Education – the Global Perspective

20th-24th July 2015, Manchester, UK

NADP-UK International Conference 2015

Proposals due 31st Oct 2014

The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference –‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’ will be taking place in Manchester from 20th – 24th July 2015.  It is supported by the University of Manchester Directorate for the Student Experience and Disability Support Office and will provide a global perspective, focusing on disabled student support from pre-entry to University or College onto successful transition into employment.

Support systems and services around the world are often recognized as being of a high quality, however, there is still much to learn and develop.  This conference will enable delegates from the global community to come together and share knowledge, practical skills and good practice in the provision of support for disabled students

We are delighted that Scott Lissner (AHEAD and The Ohio State University), Ann Heelan (AHEAD Ireland) and Nicole Ofeish (Independent Learning Consultant and Stanford University) have agreed to give keynote presentations at the conference.

Please go to the International Conference tab for information about submitting an abstract for consideration.

CFP, edited collection: Disability and Young Adult Literature

Although there is a growing interest in disability studies in art, literature, film, politics, and religion, there is still a dearth of scholarship that explores the intersection between young adult literature and disability. In the last ten years, there have only been a small handful of peer-reviewed articles that explore any issue regarding young adult literature and disability. This gap in scholarship among young adult literature scholars and teachers is surprising because of two reasons: first, disability is a growing reality in all of our lives. According to a 2012 report by the United States Census Bureau, “About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe” (2012, par. 1). Secondly, this reality is influencing our literature, especially fiction targeting young adults. The Schneider Family Book Award, an award that “honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences” has been around since 2004.

I am interested in creating/editing a sourcebook that would include articles that explore how primary and secondary teachers (should) incorporate novels that include protagonists with disabilities in their curriculum. While the articles must be grounded in theory, the nature of a sourcebook is to provide teachers/ readers with best-practices for pedagogy: lesson plans, assignments, activities, etc. The primary goal of this book is to help classroom teachers incorporate Disability YAL in their curriculum.

I envision topics that explore the following (other topics will be considered):

  • Connecting Classic Texts with Contemporary Novels
  • Community Engagement and Disability
  • Using the Schneider Family Book Award
  • Teaching specific disabilities: Blindness, Deafness, Autism, Cerebral Palsy
  • Teaching specific YA novels through a Disability lens (e.g. Peter Jackson Series)
  • Literature Circles and Disability
  • Disability as Civil Rights in literature
  • Digital Humanities and Disability
  • 21st century literacies and Disability
  • Classroom libraries
  • Booktalks
  • American Disabilities Act Awareness Month (October)
  • Disability and Genre Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Western, etc.
  • Teaching Non-fiction (memoir)
  • Disability and Race
  • Disability and Gender
  • Disability and Class

This project has initial support from McFarland Publishing. Please send a 400-500 word abstract and brief cv to Jacob Stratman (, Associate Professor of English at John Brown University before 15th October 2014.

Please forward this CFP to interested scholar-teachers.

CFP: The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction

20th–21st March 2015
Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, Flint, Michigan

“Soon after the Braincap came into general use, some highly intelligent—and maximally zealous—bureaucrats realized that it had a unique potential as an early-warning system. During the setting-up process, when the new wearer was being mentally “calibrated,” it was possible to detect many forms of psychosis before they hand a chance of becoming dangerous.”
—Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey

“Somewhere on Beta Colony, there is an institution. In one room of that institution, there is a man who spends his days and nights screaming at things only he can see. Things we planted in his mind. They have to keep him in a straitjacket 24 hours a day or he’d claw his own eyes out just to make it stop.”
—Lyta Alexander, Babylon 5 4.17


To the extent that the work of science fiction must develop, order, or structure the space in which its narratives are situated, the ways in which cognition and neuroethics are deployed in these narratives remains unexamined. Unrestrained by time, space, and technology, if the expression of both the failings and ideals of humanity can be interrogated across these narratives, then the degree by which certain narratives occasion neuroethical decisions can equally be explored. What are the right answers as expressed in the genre and what implications thereof are advanced? What is the project of neuroethics in science fiction? What is the ideal expression involving the brain or brain-like systems? What cognitive moves drive science fiction narratives? What is the work of cognition in any particular science fiction narrative? What is the role of reason, reasons, reasoning, and rationality?

The theme should be interpreted broadly. Potential topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Neuro-evidence as functions of crime detection and justice
  • Omnipotence, omniscience, and action, or the Problem of Evil and extremely advanced or evolved technologies and species
  • Dilemmas, Death, and (in)action
  • Cognition as an articulation of power
  • Orders and Bias
  • Identity in/and the Medical Bay
  • Representation, presence, and absence of the cognitively atypical
  • Personhood, Personality, and Memory
  • Neuro-Treatments and Decisions
  • Neuro-Substance use and abuse
  • Neuroenhancement and the journey thereto
  • Neuro-Perfection (and atypicalities, disabilities, GATTACA, etc.)
  • Neuro-inva/sion/sive (unwarranted or unwelcome)
  • Neuro-manipulation and consciousness (Data, HAL, and the disembodied)
  • Neuro-augmentation (Chuck, Neo, Barclay)
  • Star Trek and The Borg (Picard’s rescue, rehab, and consent, Hugh, disconnecting Seven and consent)
  • Babylon 5 and the Psy Corps (e.g., mind as weaponry, telepathy as a trait)
  • Language and cognition
  • Science fiction and problem solving (how societies reason, justify, and engage ecology, economy, etc., through [imposed?] thought systems)
  • Genre analysis, tropes, figures, projects, the extent of the theme through {u/dis}topia
  • Single author interrogations, single series interrogations, comparisons and contrasts
  • Single ethical theorist applications to single series, comparisons and contrasts

The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics—a joint affiliation between the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience and the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department—will host this two-day conference. The first day will be dedicated to cognition, and the next, neuroethics (to whatever extent accepted abstracts allow). The talks will be limited to 15 minutes in order to sponsor a space for conversation and further exploration of ideas.


Submissions of abstracts (not to exceed 700 words and to avoid both footnotes and reference lists) are invited for 15-minute talks. Please submit your abstract through the following form, prepared for anonymous review. We welcome proposals for panels and co-presentations. All submissions should be of previously unpublished work.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, English, comparative literature, the neurosciences, the pharmaceutical and medical sciences, the social sciences, critical studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory), law, education, linguistics, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields.

Please submit all proposals through the form on the conference website:

Proposal submission deadline: 19th December 2014.

Please send all questions, comments, and concerns to: Zea Miller, Theory and Cultural Studies at Purdue University, Project Manager at the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics,

Vol. 3, Issue 3 of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (JCN) will be based on the proceedings of this March 2015 conference. All papers presented at the The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction conference will be eligible for inclusion in this special issue of JCN. For additional journal and contact information, see the JCN webpage.

The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online, aimed at the cross-fertilization of research in neuroscience and related medical fields with scholarship in normative disciplines that address and analyze the legal, social and ethical implications of institutional policies. JCN is committed to presenting wide-ranging discussions. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions. The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the study of the implications of their advances for society in the legal, political, and ethical realms. The CCN will disseminate this knowledge to as wide an audience as possible through publications, seminars, and other media. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines and professions that allow opportunities for intellectual synergy and increased impact by creating, fostering and supporting research and educational collaborations and communication.

DaDaFest International Congress: Disability Culture and Human Rights

Crowne Plaza, Liverpool, 2nd – 3rd December 2014

The Inaugural DaDaFest International Congress: Disability Culture and Human Rights is part of DaDaFest International 2014, examining disability culture as a catalyst for social justice and empowerment within an international context. With the central theme of disability culture  as a catalyst for social justice, the congress will showcase how empowering people through culture is a gateway to social, economic and cultural opportunity. Presenters will include leaders from across the arts, creative and public sectors, with a focus on the impact of disability culture on human rights.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England
  • Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Maury Green Fellow, Havard University
  • Rachel Kachaje, Deputy Chair, Disabled People’s International
  • Dr Chris Smit, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Calvin College
  • Dr Janet Price, Vice Chair, DaDaFest

To register click here or visit

Anthology on Autism and Race

The Autism Women’s Network is seeking submissions for a new anthology on autism and race to be written by autistic people of color about our lives and experiences.

Submissions may be in any non-fiction or poetry format, of any length, and on topics ranging from disability theory to racism to daily life. Submissions are due by 15th November 2014 to the editor, Lydia Brown, at

Submission guidelines can be found at

The Autism Women’s Network is also seeking donations to support the publication of this new anthology  So far fund raising has brought in a little over $1,600 USD, but the total costs of publication in a full range of accessible formats will require  $10,000 USD. You can donate at

CFP, edited collection: Disability in World Film Contexts

The edited volume titled ‘Disability in World Film Contexts’ has received initial interest from Yoram Allon of renowned film publisher Wallflower Press (now part of Columbia UP).

Contributions are invited in the form of chapters that focus on an individual film or films from a specific national, regional or linguistic context. Such contributions should be of one of two types: 1) essays in the film studies or humanities traditions that give equal weight to the formal properties of cinema and the theme of disability understood in a broadly social context, or 2) anthropological, sociological or geographical approaches to disability as portrayed on film giving more weight to extra-filmic context.

Titles and 200-250-word abstracts should be submitted by 1st September 2014 by email to Benjamin Fraser: fraserb2010@gmail.comBenjamin Fraser is Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, author of Disability Studies and Spanish Culture [Liverpool UP, 2013] and editor/translator of Deaf History and Culture in Spain [Gallaudet UP, 2009].

If selected for the volume, complete chapters of 7,000-10,000 words including notes and references will be due 1st July 2015. Send all correspondence to

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Swansea Disability History Festival: Work, Sport and Play

Swansea 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

Disability History Festival: Work, Sport and Play

Tue 19th August – Thu 21st August 2014

Faraday Lecture Theatre, Swansea University

Swansea University is a centre of excellence in disability history. To accompany the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships at Swansea University, we present a mini-series of free public talks that explore the working, sporting and leisure lives of disabled people in history before the modern Paralympic movement.

Presentations take place at 2 pm each day in the Faraday Lecture Theatre.

For more information:


CFP: DSQ Special Issue, ‘Interventions in Disability Studies Pedagogy’

Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2015, special issue: Interventions in Disability Studies Pedagogy

Jointly co-edited by the Disability Studies Program @ University of Toledo: Liat Ben-Moshe, Kim Nielsen, Jim Ferris and Ally Day

As we are “Growing disability studies” (as indicated by the latest issue of DSQ, edited by Kafer and Jarmen), we believe it is time to look inward, outward, and around for innovative pedagogical principles and practices to grow the field. By inward, we invite considerations of  pedagogical methods,  assignments and practices already used by disability studies scholars in their teaching and presentations  By going outward, we invite creative submission from all teachers, cultural workers and activists who are thinking and embodying disability studies pedagogy or social justice pedagogy which takes disability from a critical stance.

Examples of topics could be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • ways to teach/ convey Disability Studies content to a variety of audiences
  • specific strategies to both incite and manage the DS classroom
  • dealing with resistant audience/students; dealing with ableism in the classroom
  • approaches used by faculty/teachers/ presenters in a variety of settings and disciplines that can be useful to the field of DS
  • explorations of inclusion and its meanings  in a Disability Studies setting
  • pedagogy used by people who are differently situated than their audience (in terms of body/minds, for example). What innovative approaches do you use as a disabled instructor/cultural worker/activist
  • considerations of  centering disability in pedagogical practices

In general, we encourage creative and collaborative submissions, from a variety of perspectives (including from students, cultural workers, artists, teachers, activists/others giving workshops).
Types of submissions, could be, but not limited to:

  • Course syllabi
  • Assignments given in Disability Studies related courses or workshops
  • Reflective essays, written collaboratively amongst presenters/teachers and /or students
  • Can include  text, audio, video, image, links to external resources

Please send abstracts (150-300 words) or letters of interest/inquiry by 30th August 2014 to

Publication timeline:
9th January 2015 deadline for submissions
1st February 2015 final drafts returned to authors
1st March 2015 final draft
April 2015 publication

Liat Ben-Moshe, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Disability Studies
University of Toledo
4420C University Hall, MS 920
2801 Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606

CFP: Special Edition of Journal of Popular Television on ‘Disability and Television’

Call for Papers: Disability and Television

Special Edition of Journal of Popular Television

Guest edited by Rebecca Mallett (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) and Brett Mills (University of East Anglia, UK)

Debates about disability – whether related to production and industry, content and representation, or audiences and consumption – have been largely ignored in the study of television, and this special edition of Journal of Popular Television aims to encourage the field to engage in this increasingly significant topic. We intend to provide a space to explore the contributions television studies and disability studies can make to one another, as areas of enquiry but also as fields engaged in the socio-political world.

We acknowledge the wide range of ways in which ‘disability’ has been defined and welcome submissions that engage with the complexity of the term and the uses to which it is put. We encourage. Likewise we are interested in ‘television’ in its broadest sense, whether fictional or non-fictional, from docudramas and comedy to news and sports across all platforms.

We are keen for the edition to include as wide a range of voices, formats and approaches as possible, so while the ‘traditional’ academic article is welcomed, we also encourage other formats, such as personal reflections, treatises and manifestos or anything else that may be relevant and appropriate. Submission lengths may also be variable, so shorter and longer pieces are also invited.

We therefore invite expressions of interest from those interested in contributing to the special edition. This is due to be published in Autumn 2015, and submissions would be due 28th February 2015.

If you’re interested in contributing please contact Rebecca Mallett ( and Brett Mills ( by 8th September 2014 with an outline of your intended contribution; formal abstracts are not necessary at this stage. If you’d like to talk through any initial ideas with either or both of us before this date, please feel free to get in touch.

Workshop: Disability, Prosthesis, and Patenting in Historical Perspective (Leeds)

Disability, Prostheses, and Patenting in Historical Perspective
An international and interdisciplinary workshop
Leeds City Museum, Leeds, UK
18th-19th September 2014

As part of the AHRC Research Network “Rethinking Patenting Cultures”, colleagues are invited to attend this two-day workshop on the history of patenting cultures with particular regard to disability and prostheses. This event will see scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds come together to examine the relationship between physical impairment and commerce and the ways in which the commodification of disability affected everyday life and health from the eighteenth century.

The workshop will also include a public panel debate on historical and current representations of disability within museums and heritage organisations.

The symposium will take place at Leeds City Museum in the centre of Leeds. The full programme is appended below, and is also available through the website:

A very limited number of places are available at the workshop for non-speakers and these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please visit the project website to register, specifying “Workshop 3”: A registration fee is payable to cover catering costs. Please address any queries to the Network Administrator, Carl Warom:

We would be grateful if you could circulate this email to other colleagues and students who may be interested.


Day 1, Thursday 18th September

12.30 – 1.15pm, Lunch

1.15 – 1.30pm, Introduction and Outline

Claire Jones (University of Leeds/KCL)

1.30 – 2.30pm, Session 1: Hearing aids in the Nineteenth Century (Chair/commentator: Mara Mills, NYU)

  • ‘Use, Wear and Adaptation: Interpreting aids to the deaf In Victorian Britain’ – Karen Sayer (Leeds Trinity)
  • “You can’t see them—they’re invisible!” Patenting Artificial Eardrums in Britain and America, 1850-1930 – Jai Virdi (University of Toronto)

2.30 – 2.45pm, Coffee

2.45 – 4.15pm, Session 2: Hearing aids in the Twentieth Century (Chair/commentator: Karen Sayer, Leeds Trinity)

  • Zenith’s Patents and Hearing Aid Costs – Mara Mills (New York)
  • ‘Amplified telephony: the Contest Between Post Office Provision and Unpatented Invention’ – Coreen McGuire (University of Leeds)
  • Recovering the Early Rhetorics of Disability, Prosthesis, and Intellectual Property: the Discourses of the 19th and Early-20th Century Hearing Aids in Britain and the United States- Sushil Oswal (University of Washington)

4.30 – 6pm, Public Panel Debate

Museums and the Display of Disability

  • Jocelyn Dodd, (Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester)
  • Nicky Reeves, (The Hunterian, University of Glasglow)
  • Emma Shepley, (Reframed, Royal College of Physicians, London)
  • Rosie Sherrington, (English Heritage, Disability in Time and Place project)

Day 2, Friday 19th September

9.30 – 10.30am, Session 3: Disability and Prostheses in the Nineteenth Century (Chair/commentator – Zorina Khan (Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME))

  • Derenzy’s “One-Handed Apparatus” and the Publication of Material Technologies for Disability in the Early Nineteenth Century – Laurel Daen (College of William & Mary, Williamsberg, Virgina)
  • “Non-medical men, or medical speculators in patents”:The Business and Ethics of Antebellum Artificial Limbs – Caroline Lieffers (University of Alberta)

10.30 – 11.30am Session 4: Disability and Prostheses in Nineteenth Century Literature (Chair/commentator: Jamie Stark)

  • Disabling the Stigma: Charles Dickens and Disability in Victorian London – Kristen Starkowski (Princeton University)
  • “Twas a Splendid, Brilliant, Beautiful Leg”: Bespoke and Patented Prostheses in Victorian Marriage Plots- Ryan Sweet (University of Exeter)

11. 30 – 11.45am, Coffee

11.45 – 1.15pm, Session 5: Disability and Prostheses in the Twentieth Century (Chair/commentator: Graeme Gooday)

  • Amputation in the First World War and Patented Practice- Julie Anderson (University of Kent)
  • The “Moment of Recovery” in American Campaigns Against Colon Cancer in the 1950s- David Cantor (NIH)
  • Access to Assisting Technologies for Disabled Persons: Role of Patent System- Rujitha Shenoy (Gujarat National Law University)

1.15 – 2.15pm Lunch

2.15 – 3.15pm, Closing Discussion: ‘What can we learn from the history of patenting and disability?’ (Chair: Graeme Gooday)

Panelists: Mara Mills, Zorina Khan, Claire Jones