Lecturer in History of Health and Medicine, University of Strathclyde (2 years)

The School of Humanities seeks to appoint an outstanding early career scholar to work in the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow. We are seeking candidates with growing reputations for excellence in research and teaching. Candidates should be capable of contributing to existing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in the history of health and medicine and across the subject area more widely. While this is a two-year appointment in the first instance, the School of Humanities has a strong track-record in securing external funding to develop post-doctoral careers and the successful candidate will be able to articulate plans in this direction.

The CSHHH Glasgow was established in 2005 between the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University (see www.strath.ac.uk/cshhh). It is now an internationally-recognised research environment and postgraduate community founded on funding from both universities, from the Wellcome Trust and from the UK’s research councils. The successful applicant will be embedded in this community and will also be able to draw upon the wider collaborative environment in the School of Humanities and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

As a Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine the successful candidate will contribute to academic research, teaching, training and public engagement activities in the CSHHH Glasgow while also teaching more widely within the History BA degree and at postgraduate level. History at Strathclyde has teaching pathways in Scottish and British History since c. 1500, and in the History of Modern Conflict and Reconciliation, as well as in the History of Health and Medicine. It also provides world-leading training in Oral History. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to teach in a minimum of two of these pathways.

The closing date for applications is 8th October 2014.

To discuss this post contact Professor James Mills on jim.mills@strath.ac.uk.


CFP: edited collection, ‘Nobody’s Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity’

Nobody’s Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity

Syphilitic rhetoric has proven itself as contagious as the disease itself. Brian R. Shmaefsky’s 2010 study points to the history of naming the disease after one’s enemy, “due to the perception that syphilis was cased by immoral acts, such as prostitution and indecent acts with animals.” Thus, fifteenth-century Italians blamed Columbus for bringing syphilis to Italy, changing the name from the “Venetian Disease” to the “Spanish Disease.” Turkish Muslims labeled it the “Christian Disease.” Tahitians infected by British sailors called it the “British Disease.” In its long history of transmission, syphilis became both nobody’s and everybody’s disease.More specifically, syphilis was unique among other illnesses because it engendered a liminal space characterized by self-alienation specific to infection, as well as the desire to displace this dis-ease via the marginalization of others. Thus, syphilitic rhetoric long prefigured the biopolitical thought generated by theorists such as Foucault and Kristeva.

The immoral stigma of syphilis still persists and, as current scholarship demonstrates, is used to reinforce social hierarchies, marginalize minority populations, and control women’s bodies. Furthermore, the recent controversy caused by Kevin Birmingham’s claims in The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses (2014) that James Joyce suffered from syphilis reveals that work remains to be done in the field of literary studies to reconceptualize the relationship between syphilitic identity and modern identity. Because current scholarship seems rather at a stalemate in terms of analyzing syphilis by way of gendered and racialized paradigms, Nobody’s Disease seeks to broaden syphilis scholarship by inquiring how syphilis — more than any other endemic disease (tuberculosis, polio, cholera) — has had a fundamental role in shaping modern subjectivity the world over, in ways that exceed gender and race categories. While these connections obviously cannot be denied, it would appear that syphilis’s long history as the disease of the Other necessarily incorporates a great deal of anxieties regarding personal, political, and national subjectivities. Thus, this collection of essays aims to open up the field by exploring transatlantic texts beginning in the 19th century and continuing onward to the present day that examine the cultural constructs of syphilis (or potentially related venereal diseases) and their subjectivity-shaping mechanisms and potential.

Essays might consider the following:

  • How might the phenomenological heft of syphilis be bound up with its symptomatology? Where do the lines between phenomenological virulence, etiology, idiopathy and stigma blur and coalesce? (considerations of this nature might take up 19th-century physicians’ obsession with differentiating gonorrhea from syphilis, for example, in spite of long-standing confusion between the presentation of the two)
  • Why has syphilis long been conceptually defined an “endemic” disease, as opposed to other diseases that have been identified as “epidemics” at given times (e.g., polio in mid-century America)
  • Metacritical essays might consider the significance of the predominant gendered and racialized critical paradigms of syphilis
  • Consideration of syphilis’s structural power in modern institution-shaping (e.g., IRB development and development of the modern-day “race for the cure” in medical research)

Email proposals of 350 words to Kari Nixon (mnixon@smu.edu) and Carrie Johnston (johnsci@quincy.edu) by 1st  November 2014 in anticipation of full essays due by 1st April 2015.

CFP: Special Issue of Intersectionalities, ‘Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health’

Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice has just launched a call for papers on a special issue of the journal.  We hope that you will consider contributing to this special issue, and please do send this call for papers out to your contacts.

Special Issue Call For Papers: Mad Studies

Guest Editors

  • Peter Beresford, Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University, UK
  • Brenda LeFrançois, Associate Professor, Memorial University, Canada
  • Jasna Russo, PhD Candidate, Brunel University, UK

Abstract Submission Deadline: 3rd November 2014

The special issue ‘Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health’ aims for an interdisciplinary ­or in/disciplinary collection of articles that will demonstrate the relationship and contribution of Mad Studies to other related fields of study.

Questions that we would in particularly like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • How has the project of Mad Studies been taken up both in and outside of Canada in the fields of disability studies, social work and/or mental health? How is this emergent field evolving internationally?
  • How are Mad bodies read within the fields of mental health, disability studies and/or social work?   How might Mad Studies open a space to read Mad bodies differently and/or understand madness through the filter of social justice principles and in particular with the centering of the analyses of those who have been psychiatrized?
  • What kind of knowledge production might lead to the development of non-medical conceptualizations and alternative social responses to madness, sanism, and psychiatrization, including resistance to current power relationships within and outside of the mental health system?
  • In what ways do Mad identities intersect with other socially disadvantaged subjectivities in (re)producing hierarchies of dominance and subordination?
  • In what ways does using an intersectionality lens support the unpacking of the role of sanism within the matrix of domination?
  • What  are  the  working  realities  of  Mad  identified  scholars and advocates  within  both academic and non-academic settings?
  • Intersectionalities provides a forum for addressing issues of social difference and power. In order to keep with the journal¹s focus we in particularly seek contributions   which consider the intersections of age, disability, class, poverty, gender and sexual identity, geographical (dis)location, colonialism/imperialism, indigeneity, racialization, ethnicity, citizenship.

Please see the Journal policy at: http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/IJ/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope

Review process and the time line

Please submit abstracts by 3rd November 2014 (not more than 500 words).

The guest editors of this special issue will review the abstracts and notify you about the decision by 24th November 2014.

The full manuscripts are due 30th March 2015.

Submitting manuscripts

Contributions should be between 3000 and 7000 words. Submissions should follow the Journal¹s editorial policies and guidelines for submissions, which can be found at: http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/IJ/about/editorialPolicies. Please note it is the responsibility of the submitting authors to ensure that the articles are correctly edited for Canadian English and within the journal¹s format.

At the top of your submission, please clearly state: Special Issue: Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and Mental Health.

All papers should be submitted online at http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/IJ/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

We encourage contributions from authors of various regions and backgrounds and will answer any further inquiries. Please direct inquiries to the guest editors:

Call for Multidisciplinary Editorial Team, Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the publication of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS, www.disstudies.org . It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities and arts, disability rights advocates, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities, representing the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting participation of persons with disabilities in society. DSQ is published in an online, open access format that has been hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries as part of its KnowledgeBank initiative since 2006.

The SDS Board of Directors seeks to appoint a new editorial team for a term of three-five (3-5) years beginning on 1st July 2015.

Editors work with SDS and the DSQ Editorial Board and will collaborate with The Ohio State University Libraries team.

Responsibilities of the DSQ Editorial Team include:

  • overseeing and ensuring the timely delivery of the journal in 4 issues per year;
  • collaborating with the publication team at The OSU Libraries;
  • recruiting, chairing and leading the work of Editorial Board;
  • recruiting, managing, and editing manuscripts;
  • liaising with authors and reviewers about the peer review of manuscripts and making final decisions on manuscripts;
  • appointing and liaising with media review or special section editors;
  • communicating on a regular basis with the Board of Directors for the Society for Disability Studies;
  • representing and promoting DSQ at conferences and other events, as well as on-line.

The editorial team receives an annual stipend of $5,000.


Applicants must have experience and a reputation befitting the role of lead editor of a high-profile, interdisciplinary academic journal that is accessible to readers worldwide. They should plan to continue cultivating their reputation through the journal’s ongoing success.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • previous publishing and editorial experience;
  • the ability to recruit quality manuscripts;
  • excellent organizational, networking, and communication skills;
  • the ability to work as part of a creative and dynamic, and multidisciplinary editorial and publishing team;
  • the ability to collaborate remotely, if the editorial team resides in different locations;
  • the willingness to develop skills using online information management systems.

In a letter of application, members of the prospective editorial team should address:

  • their skills, qualifications, and experiences relevant to the position, especially those that demonstrate successful project management and a sustained commitment to large-scale projects
  • administrative resources and support (staff, supplies) afforded by the applicants’ home institutions
  • a vision for successful team management, week-to-week operations, and workflow;
  • ideas for ensuring the timely completion and return of quality editorial and media reviews.

In addition, please attach a curriculum vitae for each member of the prospective editorial team.

The closing date for applications is 15th November 2014. The appointment will be made by SDS in consultation with the search committee and the journal’s current Editorial Board. The new editorial team will be announced in December 2014 and will overlap with the current team for a period of approximately six months to ensure a smooth transition. The new editorial team will assume full responsibility for DSQ on 1st July 2015.

Electronic application materials must reach the SDS Executive Office by 15th November 2014 and can be sent to:

Maki Tanigaki
Administrative Assistant, Society for Disability Studies (SDS)

Executive Offices for the Society for Disability Studies
538 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
tel: 716-645-0276

Questions can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:
Brenda Brueggemann (brendabrueggemann@gmail.com)
Professor of English and Director of Composition at University of Louisville
Vice-President of the SDS Board of Directors
Former co-editor of DSQ

Flash Fiction: Critical Diagnosis Network calls for 55-word stories about diagnosis

Victoria University of Wellington’s Critical Diagnosis Network, led by Prof Annemarie Jutel is sponsoring a fun creative writing contest. The Critical Diagnosis Network is dedicated to exploring social, cultural, creative and critical perspectives of diagnosis with a view to enhancing understanding of health and illness.

They invite you to submit your previously-unpublished 55 word stories on diagnosis. Entries will be judged by prestigious NZ poet Harry Ricketts and writer Damien Wilkins.  For more information, visit their facebook page.

CFP: French Autopathography: Conference on Disability, Disease and Disorders from First-Person Perspectives, Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

21st – 22nd November 2014

This interdisciplinary conference, funded by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s and the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), will explore a rich corpus of first-person French-language accounts of illness, disability and disorders. It interprets the term autopathography in its broadest sense, embracing not only literature and creative writing, but also first-person documentary, visual, digital and other forms. Keynote speakers and talks are confirmed as:

  •  Dr Hannah Thompson (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘”De simple malade j’étais devenu un handicapé”: (re)negotiating medical and social models of disability in French (from Thérèse-Adèle Husson to Jacques Sémelin)’
  • Dr Tamar Tembeck (McGill University), ‘Expanding the Boundaries of the Genre: Contemporary Québécois Autopathographies in the Visual and Performing Arts’

The full programme and registration details are available here.

PhD Scholarship – Disability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception, Curtin University, Australia

Call for expressions of interest

PhD Scholarship – Disability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception, Department of Internet Studies

Curtin University is looking for an outstanding scholar for a full-time PhD scholarship to work on a large-scale study of disability and television. The study aims to assess the mutually important areas of accessibility and representation to explore the importance of digital televisions to the social inclusion of Australians with disability. Using an innovative multimodal research programme the project leverages participatory media to gain new user centred insights. The project will also offer insights regarding newer forms of television through a usability analysis of the range of web-capable devices that can be used to access TV to discover whether they are more or less enabling for people across a diverse range of disabilities.

The successful applicant will be a full team member of an Australian Research Council grant that asks, ‘How does digital television create a social space for people with disability, when impairment makes watching television challenging and social stigma against disability is perpetuated through representation?’ Possible areas of research include:

  • Television accessibility
  • The representation of disability on contemporary forms of television such as online streaming platforms
  • The intersections between television representation and online discussion
  • Employment of people with disabilities in television industries

The successful applicant will work with Dr Katie Ellis. Applicants with disciplinary backgrounds in media studies, disability studies, communications or the digital humanities are encouraged to apply. The award is to commence in 2015.

Value and benefits

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $25,392 (2014 value) tax-free per annum which will be indexed annually for the duration of the award

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should be enrolling full-time and possess the following:

  • A first class Honours degree, research Masters degree or equivalent
  • Strong research skills
  •  Experience working with people with disabilities

How to apply

See: https://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/scholarships/scholarship.cfm?id=1996

Further information

Please contact Dr Katie Ellis via email (Katie.ellis@curtin.edu.au)

Applications Close: 5pm Friday 17th October 2014


CFP: Disability and Disciplines: Conference on Education, Cultural, and Disability Studies, Liverpool

A two-day conference at Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, 1st – 2nd July 2015.

When we think of disability in Higher Education we are likely to think in terms of access, Learning Support Plans, and so on. These and other such things are of great importance but only represent part of the approach proposed at the biennial CCDS conference. What we explore is a more complex understanding of disability that challenges assumptions and prejudicial actions but also recognises qualities and positivity.

While inclusive education is generally an improvement on integration and segregation, it often constitutes little more than what, in The Biopolitics of Disability (2015), David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder call a weakened strain of inclusionism. Until disability is recognised in the context of alternative lives and values that neither enforce nor reify normalcy we cannot truly encounter the material and ethical alternatives disabled lives engage.

Inclusion may well be a legal requirement in some parts of the world, and perhaps a moral imperative everywhere, but it is also an educational opportunity. Not only students but also staff who identify as disabled should, as Mitchell and Snyder assert, recognize this peripheral embodiment as something to be cultivated as a form of alternative expertise, meaning that disability can become an active, unabashed, and less stigmatising part of classroom discourse. The aim of this biennial conference, then, is to encourage the transformation of academic disciplines by appreciating rather than avoiding disability.

We welcome proposals from professors, lecturers, students, and other interested parties for papers that explore the benefits of interdisciplinarity between Disability Studies and subjects such as Aesthetics, Art, Business Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Holocaust Studies, International Studies, Literary Studies, Literacy Studies, Management Studies, Media Studies, Medical Humanities, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Professional Studies, Special Educational Needs, and Technology. This list is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.

Paper proposals of 150-200 words should be sent to disciplines@hope.ac.uk on or before 1st February 2015.

Paper presentations are allocated 20 minute slots and themed panels of 3 papers are also encouraged.

CFP: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies: ‘Law, Religion and Disability’

The relationship of law, religion and disability is complex, emerging and still in development as a research area.  Scholarship on religion and disability has included feminist reflections regarding religion and disability (e.g. Minister 2013) and analysis of the physical isolation that can result in congregations where accommodations are made but without reflection on the communal aspects of integration (Eiesland 1994). Further, health care providers working with disabled individuals negotiate and navigate their own religious identities in their professional sphere (Bray, Egan and Beagan 2012).  Legal advancement within the disability movement has produced results such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  Public and policy challenges remain highly contested and disability advocates reflect on the limitations of existing policy as well as the challenge of the application of these policies (e.g. Prince 2012; Johner 2013).

We are seeking articles that articulate the diverse perspectives of disability studies as it relates both to law and religion.  There are multiple ways the religion, law and disability intersect with one another. The special issue intends to explore overlapping themes in dialogue to reflect on the current discourse about disability, disabled identities and its interconnections with law and religion.

Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • What social, cultural or religious norms have created exclusive or inclusive environments?  E.g. What constraints might the Quebec Charter of Values have created for individuals at the intersection of religion and disabled identities?
  • Religious individuals and organizations face challenges regarding the theological debates regarding inclusivity versus exclusivity in the accommodation of disabled individuals.  What are some of the challenges of negotiating theological doctrine and what are the nuances made possible through theology regarding disability?
  • How is disability taught or not taught, in schools or within religious institutions?  What are the policies in the education system regarding disability and what challenges are ongoing regarding education and disability?
  • How do religious organizations and law respond to disability within a health framework?  What challenges are faced by healthcare workers who are religiously identified or disabled?  In what ways are religion, law and disability or disabled identities negotiated?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of law, religious studies and disability studies, as well as submissions from outside those fields.  Proposals should be no more than two pages in length (single spaced) and should include: theoretical and methodological approach; central thesis or argument; and data used within article (i.e. legislation, doctrine). Proposals must be submitted to Ravi Malhotra (Ravi.Malhotra@uottawa.ca) and Heather Shipley (hshipley@uottawa.ca) by 30th September 2014. Notifications will be sent out by 15th November 2014 and final submissions will be due 30th January 2015.  Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words, using the Turabian style guide (16th Edition) or another recognized citation style.  All final articles will be subject to the peer-review process. Publication is conditional on reviewer reports. As per Canadian Journal of Disability Studies policies, all methods and methodologies and disciplines are welcome, as are submissions in French or English. This CFP additionally invites perspectives on religion from across traditions, and legal perspectives from outside of Canada or North America.