Public Lecture: ‘Cabinet of Curiosities: Museums and the Re-presentation of Disability’, Swansea

Cabinet of Curiosities: Museums and the Re-presentation of Disability

6pm, Monday 6th July 2015

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Professor Jocelyn Dodd of Leciester University will deliver a public lecture to coincide with the opening of our exhibition “From Pithead to Sick Bed.” This talk will look at how Museums can be used to engage with the public in a reassessment of widely held assumptions surrounding disabilities. It will explore how Museums can re-present their collections to give more informed rights-based understandings of disability and challenge deeply entrenched negative and discriminatory contemporary attitudes towards disabled people. This session is based on research undertaken by The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

The event is open to all and does not require booking. For more information, visit the National Waterfront Museum Website. 

CFP, Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies: “Institutional Survivorship”

Special Issue: Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Call for Proposals on “Institutional Survivorship”

The Huronia Regional Centre, a residential facility for persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, operated in Ontario for 133 years until after a long and difficult history it was shut down in 2009. In 2013 a lawsuit that Huronia survivors had launched concluded with a multimillion dollar settlement to compensate for the emotional, physical, and psychological abuse endured.

The CJDS honours the work accomplished by Huronia survivors, we are interested in the experiences of disability, disablement, and survivorship within and beyond experiences of institutionalization, including within psychiatric facilities, hospitals, and hospital schools, but could also include jails, detention centers, refugee camps, group homes, and forms of chemical control used in community settings.

We are actively soliciting submissions that take the following three forms:

1. Oral histories and lived experiences
2. Theoretical and empirical contributions to the field
3. Arts-based or creative responses

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be an institutional survivor with a disability?
  • How is survivorship defined by social, political and legal discourses, and how do survivors disrupt these discourses?
  • What is the phenomenological experience of being an institutional survivor? In other words, what does it feel like to be a survivor? What are survivors’ lived experiences? How do these experiences change with time?
  • What does activism look like within survivor populations? What are salient dynamics between survivor activists and non-survivor allies?
  • What is the relationship between trauma, memory, and institutional survival?
  • What is the relationship of childhood and childhood experience to institutionalization? What are the enduring impacts of institutionalization on families?
  • What is the enduring legacy of having worked at an institution?

The CJDS welcomes a wide range of submissions, including: critical race theory, disability studies, gender studies, history, legal studies, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts.

Submissions are due 4th March 2016. For submission guidelines, please click here.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Jen Rinaldi at

Imagining Disability Futurities, Proliferating Dis-topias: An International Symposium, Sheffield, 20th July 2015

Project Revision: An International Symposium 

SheffieldMonday 20th July 2015

This event is free but you need to book a ticket here.

Come and join us for an interactive and informal session featuring a collection of digital stories (short films) created by women living with disability and difference – made as part of Project Revision.

The representational history of disabled people can largely be characterized as one of being put on display or hidden away. Self-representations have been a powerful part of the disability rights and culture movement, but recently scholars have analysed the ways in which these run the risk of creating a ‘single story’ that centres the experiences of white, western, physically disabled men. Here we introduce and theorize with Project Re•Vision, our arts-based research project that resists this singularity by creating and centring, without normalizing, representations that have previously been relegated to the margins. From research creation of short videos made by women living with disability and differences, in this talk we argue for new disability futures (dis-topias) that hinge upon a more radically conceived body politic.

Check out our latest Open Access article, Disability at the edges of representation, in Disability and Society, here.

Project Revision includes:

  • Dr. Carla Rice, College of Social and Applied Sciences, and Director/Founder of Project ReVision, University of Guelph, CA
  • Dr. Eliza Chandler, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, CA
  • Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Political Studies, Trent University, CA
  • Dr. Kirsty Liddiard, School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr. Ingrid Mundel, REDLAB, University of Guelph, CA
  • Dr. Roxanne Mykitiuk, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, CA
  • Dr. Manuela Ferrari, School of Health Policy and Management, York University, CA
  • Andrea LaMarre MSc., Family Relations and Human Development, University of Guelph, CA


10.00 – 10.10      Welcome (Kirsty Liddiard and Dan Goodley)

10.10 – 11.20      Project Revision Part 1

11.20 – 11.40      Break

11.40 – 12.50      Project Revision Part 2

12.50 – 13.00     Close


Lecture Theatre 5, The Arts Tower, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN. (NB: While the exact location will be confirmed asap, the event will definitely be taking place at The University of Sheffield. As soon as we have confirmation of our room booking, this will be updated).

Access: The event will be held in a wheelchair accessible building; all films are closed captioned (subtitled). Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding access, or anything else:

For information about getting to the University of Sheffield, please see our website.

Final CFP: Disability and Human Rights, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Guest editors: Gian Maria Greco and Elena Di Giovanni

Deadline: 1st August 2015

This special issue of JLCDS will investigate issues of disability rights within the human rights agenda from the points of view and methodologies of cultural studies.

“Human Rights” has been one of the most influential concepts of the past three centuries and it is still an essential constituent of modern conceptions of State and society. With the 1948 UN Declaration, human rights has become an even more pervasive concept, shaping everyday interactions at all levels, changing the language and rhetoric of politics, permeating literary works, movies, arts and media.

Over the past decades, research in human rights has been through two major changes. On the one hand, disability rights have come to gain a central position within the human rights research agenda, after many years of scanty attention, particularly if compared to issues of gender and ethnicity. Disability itself, and the rights of persons with disabilities, have thus become major issues within the human rights debate and research. On the other hand, the dominance of the legalistic approach has been challenged. Scholars have come to realize the need for a more complex approach, taking into account the social, anthropological, and cultural aspects involved in the human rights discourse.  Indeed, both human rights and disability are multidimensional and multi-layered concepts, whose richness and complexity cannot be catered for solely through a legalistic approach. Over the last few years, many scholars have argued that the interdisciplinary methodology of cultural studies is a fruitful approach to best face the challenges posed by the complexity of human rights discourse.

Within the emerging domain of cultural studies analysis of human rights, disability rights are still virtually non-existent. This special issue of JLCDS aims to fill this gap by gathering contributions focusing on disability and human rights from a cultural studies perspective. To this purpose, we invite scholars to submit proposals within the framework set out here.

Contributions might focus on, but should not be limited to:

  • foundational questions concerning the cultural studies analysis of disability rights;
  • methodological issues in the cultural studies analysis of disability rights;
  • the rhetoric of human rights and disability rights;
  • defining and discussing disability rights;
  • the meaning of “human” in the advocacy for rights, especially disability rights;
  • portraying disability rights from a cultural point of view;
  • disability, cultural specificity and human rights;
  • the representation of disability and human rights in literature;
  • cultural inclusion and the rights of people with disabilities.

Submission Information

Prospective authors are asked to send a 500 words proposal and a 300 words curriculum vitae to the guest editors.Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit a full paper. Papers submitted should not exceed 7,000 words, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, footnotes, and a list of works cited. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, nor in the file name. If the content refers to the author, it should do so covertly. The journal uses the MLA style for referencing.

Further information concerning style guidelines available here.

Proposal submissions should be sent by email to both guest editors. Emails should use the subject “Proposal special issue Disability and Human Rights – JLCDS”.

Important Dates:

1st August 2015: submission of a 500 words proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae to guest editors.
1st September 2015: prospective authors notified of proposal status.
1st March 2016: final versions of selected papers due to editors.
1st July 2016: decisions and revisions on submissions sent to authors.
15th September 2016: final, revised papers due.

Questions may be directed to guest editors: and