Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies, Liverpool

Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies

1st-2nd July, 2015

Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University

Keynote Speakers:

  • Julie Allan (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Peter Beresford (Brunel University London, UK)
  • David Mitchell (George Washington University, USA)
  • Sharon Snyder (George Washington University, USA)

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.

The keynote presentations have now been confirmed:

  • ‘The Arts and Inclusive Imagination: Spaces for Civic Engagement’, Julie Allan
  • ‘From Psychiatry to Disability Studies and Mad Studies: Exploring Uncharted Relationships’, Peter Beresford
  • ‘The Crip Art of Failure in Education’, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder

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.

Some anticipated panels include:

  • The Art of Disability: Disability Studies and the Arts
  • Medical Matters: Disability Studies and Medical Humanities
  • Learning to Read People: Disability Studies and Children’s Fiction
  • Beyond the Rhetoric of Inclusion: Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs
  • Telling Stories: Disability Studies and Creative Writing

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

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

For booking information, please visit Online Store


CFP: Edited Collection on Adoption and Disability

Collection of Essays on Adoption and Disability

Co-editors Emily Hipchen and Marina Fedosik are seeking submissions for a collection of critical essays exploring cultural meanings of adoptionthrough a combined lens of adoption and disability studies.

Please send MLA-formatted full essays with 250-word abstracts to mf107@nyu.edu and ehipchen@westga.edu by 30th March 2015. Essays should be 7500-11000 words with Works Cited included. For more information about the project email Marina Fedosik at mf107@nyu.edu.

The overall ubiquity of the disability discourse in adoption culture is hard to deny. It is explicit, for instance, in constructions of single motherhood as psychopathology in the middle of the twentieth century in the U.S.—an ideology that intensified social pressure on single mothers to relinquish their children for adoption. It is also present in the cultural perceptions of infertility as a physical impairment, which adoption can remedy and conceal. It is employed within the context of the adoptee rights movement by the searching adoptees that support their claims to the knowledge of personal history by identifying with the debilitating condition of “genealogical bewilderment.” Such pervasiveness undoubtedly points to the importance of understanding how cultural ideas about disability inflect meanings and functions of adoption, kinship, family.

The co-editors invite the essays that may consider the following topics among others:

  • Disability and domestic, transracial, and/or transnational adoption
  • Disability and adoptive identity
  • American family, disability, and adoption
  • Adoption, disability and social/cultural institutions
  • Adoption and disability in film, literature, and other media
  • Adoption, disability, and kinship ideologies
  • Adoption, disability, and performance
  • Adoption and disability in history
  • Adoption, disability, and gender
  • Adoption, disability, and citizenship
  • Global perspectives on adoption and disability;disability, adoption, and birth countries
  • Adoption, disability, and age
  • Body and affect in the context of adoption/disability
  • Disability and adoptive/birth parent

CFP: Screen Bodies, Vol. 1, Issue 2

Screen Bodies is accepting submissions for Volume 1, Issue 2. The deadline for research article submissions is 14th January 2015.

Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting the discussion of research and practices through articles, reviews, interviews, and notes investigating various aspects of embodiment on screens and in front of screens. The journal considers studies of moving and still images, such as cinema, television, the Internet, digital photography, portable and personal devices, and medical and surveillance imaging. The journal considers studies of the portrayal, function, and reception of the body, such as gender and sexuality studies, feminism and masculinity studies, trans* studies, queer theory, critical race theory, cyborg studies, and dis/ability studies.

See http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/screen/ for more details.

Book Launch: The Naming of Cancer, Tracey S. Rosenberg, Edinburgh

Book launch: The Naming of Cancer by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Thursday 27 November, 6-7.30pm (event starts properly at 6.30pm)

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close (off Canongate), Edinburgh, EH8 8DT

The Naming of Cancer begins in a hospital, and from there explores the experience of cancer from a multitude of perspectives, from the person struggling to survive the disease to the spouse pacing in the waiting room, the oncologists doubting their own ability to diagnose, and the cancer cells themselves, mourning their host body even as they destroy it. The Naming Of Cancer is anything but an easy read, but is certainly a necessary one.

Tracey S. Rosenberg is an Edinburgh-based writer whose poetry has been published in a wide range of literary and medical journals, including The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, Gutter, The Istanbul Review, New Writing Scotland, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as in the recent anthology Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry.  She has been a New Writers Award winner and a Fulbright scholar in creative writing.

The event is free, but the Scottish Poetry Library would appreciate if you registered in advance with Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-the-naming-of-cancer-by-tracey-s-rosenberg-tickets-13735046895

Conference: ‘Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice’, Sheffield

You are invited to register for an exciting, cross-disciplinary one-day conference:

Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice: an interdisciplinary conversation

The conference will be held at the University of Sheffield on Monday 12th January 2015, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

The event has been organised through collaboration between Tony Williams (Educational Psychology), Harriet Cameron (Specialist Teaching in SpLD/ Dyslexia) and Alex Young (Clinical Psychology), and as such it brings together a range of perspectives on the uses and abuses of diagnosis from related, but often very separate fields of practice in education and psychology.

The main purpose of this event is to provide a critical space for attendees to explore some of the different ways in which diagnosis is experienced, to reflect upon the medicalisation of labelling in education and psychology, and to critically interrogate the assumptions they might have in this area. Through these conversations, it is hoped that we will address some of the challenges and paradoxes we face around medicalisation in the practice of specialist teaching and psychology, and that we will leave the conference with a greater awareness of the roles we play in (re)producing particular concepts of difference and difficulty.

If you are a specialist teacher, a mental health specialist, a researcher in a related field, a user of specialist SpLD or mental health services, an educational psychologist, a student in a related discipline, a clinical psychologist, a needs assessor, or a disability advisor, this conference is likely to be of interest to you.

Precise titles for talks and workshops will be confirmed nearer the time.

To book your place, please go here.

You will need the password ‘diagnosis’ when purchasing your ticket. The tickets should be available now, but please try a little later if you find they are not yet up. There may be a short delay.

The cost is £20/ £15 concessions, and includes refreshments and lunch. The venue is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any additional requirements.

We expect this event to be very popular, so if you would like to attend, please book your place as soon as possible.

For more information: contact Harriet Cameron on h.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk

CFP, Considering Disability Journal: ‘Disability and the Problems of Representation’

Final call for papers: ‘Disability and the Problems of Representation’

The Considering Disability Journal is an entry-level peer reviewed publication for students, graduates and early-stage career researchers. Volunteers from all over the world review papers and assist authors in developing papers to improve standards and aid entry into academia.

We are distributing this call for papers on the aforementioned topic. We seek to explore papers investigating representation and the global effects on disabled people and perceptions of disability. We welcome papers on any disability-related topic aligning to the theme of disability and the problems of representation.

The Executive board is still under development; members confirmed so far include Dr Tom Shakespeare, Dr David Bolt & Dr Alison Sheldon.

Final deadline for submission for the themed issue is 28th Nov 2014. Please send any submissions tojournal@missguscoth.co.uk.

General submissions are accepted all year round.

Alternative accepted content types include: news, features, observations, head to head, personal views, fillers.