PhD Scholarship: Performance, Disability, ‘Wilderness’, University of Glasgow

Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarship, University of Glasgow

“Geodiversity and human difference: disability, landscape form and process”

This PhD project works across ecological performance, geomorphology, human geographies of exclusion, and sociologies of disability to develop new understanding and accounts of the relationships between humans and environments.

Using empirical testimony of people with a range of disabilities alongside provocative and performative occupations of dynamic and hard-to-access landscape geographies, the project will explore the experience of being disabled in wild places. Full project details and information about the funded scheme can be found here.

Person Specification: Open to home/EU and international/overseas students.

Applicants should normally have a first or upper second class degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. performance studies, geography, disability studies), have completed or be on course to complete a Master’s degree, and have experience of developing creative practice.

The successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic about acquiring new skills in an interdisciplinary setting and have a strong interest in disability and environment. A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as to forge networks will be considered an advantage.

PhD Supervisory team: Deirdre Heddon (Theatre Studies), Hester Parr (Human Geography), Nicholas Watson (Strathclyde Centre for Disability Studies), Larissa Naylor (Geoscience)

Application details: Enquiries can be sent to

Applications must be submitted by Friday 22nd January 2016.

CFP: creative and critical anthology on disability and sex

Call for Submissions from Jason Dorwart et al.:

We are seeking creative and scholarly submissions for “mad/crip/sex,” an anthology of writings by, for, and about disability and sex. We’re looking primarily for personal narratives and experiences, which might take the form of essays, interviews, fiction, poetry, visual art, critical analysis, or anything else that helps you tell your story. We are interested not only in physical disability, but also work from psychiatric survivors, consumers of mental health services, neuroatypicals, and people with cognitive disabilities and chronic pain. We are also especially interested in the intersections between queerness and crip identity and how they manifest sexually. You might draw from queer theory, crip theory, or mad studies–or not at all.

Nothing is too raw, real, or personal. We especially hope for submissions that deal with kink, BDSM, nonmonogamy, the criminalization of crip sex, sex in institutions, genderqueer/intersex/trans* experiences, sex work (on either or both sides of the exchange), porn, sex surrogacy, and sex facilitation. We are working from an explicitly sex-positive and feminist framework.

We’re accepting queries, letters of interest, and/or full submissions at this time, and the anthology will be submitted to publishers upon completion. Please email with your work or any questions.

Call For Proposals: Disability and/in/through Fanfiction

Fanfiction has been at the centre of the development of fan studies since Henry Jenkins’ Textual Poachers (1992) and Nancy Baym’s work on online soap opera fan communities (1993); their texts examined fans as self-reflexive producers and critical consumers, and as participants in reciprocal and emotive community-building practices.  In recent years, fan-led projects such as those supported and initiated by the Organization for Transformative Works (Archive Of Our Own, fanlore, Open Doors, and their work on fan legal advocacy) have further encouraged the development of fan scholarship and the conservation and perpetuation of fan cultures. However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic.

Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies.

This special issue invites works that explores disability in fanfiction, disability and fanfiction, and disability through fanfiction. How do disability and fanfiction interact with each other in fanfiction communities? How is disability represented in fanfiction and what meaning does/can/should it have? What roles do disabled fans play in how disability and disabled characters are understood in fandoms? How does white supremacy and heteropatriarchy/cissexism impact where disabled people feel included in online fanfiction communities? How do queerness, racialization, transness, gender, sexuality, class, as inseparable from our experiences of disability, inform and shape our love of fandom and fanfic? How do adaptive technologies influence the presence of which disabled fans can contribute in fanfic and in fanfic communities? What role does accessibility play in fanfiction communities, and for disabled fans?

This special issue aims to collect the work that has been done and is being done by disabled fans and aca-fans (and allies) that reflects on the multiple layers of meaning disability has in fanfiction narratives, processes, communities, and studies. We welcome the contributions of fans, aca-fans, community members (authors, betas, mods, readers, and lurkers), academics, non-academics, writers and reviewers. Contributions can take the shape of academic and non-academic, articles, commentaries, reflections, fanfiction, fanvids and other fan art and fan works that critically examines the roles, representations, deployments, reifications, subversions, challenges, queering and cripping of disability, illness, disease, (in all its multiple enactments and embodiments), cripness (criptitude?), accessibility, disablism, ableism, and fanfiction.

We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).

Possible themes:

  • Disability, gender, queerness and race: politics of intersectionality (and beyond) in fanfics
  • Disabled fanfiction writers and fans
  • Disability tropes in fanfiction
  • Writing disabled characters
  • Disability and Hurt/Comfort
  • Disability and/as kink in fanfic
  • Disability erotics in fanfic
  • Politics of accessibility in fanfic communities
  • Economies of desirability and disability
  • Fanfic and web accessibility/Adaptive Technology
  • Fan activism about accessibility/ ableism/disablism
  • Disability erasure by non-disabled fans
  • Disability fic as knowledge production/dissemination
  • Disability community making and fanfiction
  • Autism and/in fan fic
  • Madness and/in fanfiction
  • Deafness and/in fanfiction

Submissions are due 15th April 2016 and can be emailed to Cath Duchastel de M. at: and Bridget Liang at

Bridget Liang is a mixed race, queer, transfeminine, neurodiverse, disabled, fat fangirl. They are a (guilty) fan of One Direction and Teen Wolf and is definitely team Ziam and Stanny/Sterek/Skittles. Their research meanders around story telling as methodology to best convey intersectionality. They have been involved with community research, workshop and group facilitation, and doing performance art.


Cath Duchastel de M. is a white, gender-variant, queer, disabled and fat aca-fan. She is also a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies, with an M.A. in Critical Disability Studies. She studies disability and fanfiction. She fell into fanfic in the early 2000s and never got up (or wanted to). She is a Xenite with a Buffy ascendant   and a moon in Trekkie, and is also perversely attracted to het pairings such as Belle/Gold and River/Jayne.


The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies is Published by the Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité, and is hosted and supported by the University of Waterloo.

ISSN 1929-9192 Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (Online)

CFP: Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium, Glasgow

Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens

University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

9.45am-5pm, Wednesday 20th April 2016

Attendance: £25 full, £15 concession, free for BSA members

This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. In discussing the depiction, treatment, and uses of disability in Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries) alongside analysis of the role of disability in staging of his plays, we hope to encourage interaction between creative practitioners, historians, and literary scholars. Playwright and disability studies scholar Prof. Chris Mounsey (University of Winchester) will give the keynote address on “VariAbility in Shakespeare”, in which he will explore alternative ways of responding to the question of the existence of disability in the Early Modern period, and to one of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters: Richard III. Following the symposium, Glasgow-based playwright Molly Ziegler (Notes, Getting it (Back)) has agreed to premier her new play, Let Her Come InLet Her Come In is a one act rewriting of Hamlet, focused on mental illness, gender, and disability.

We are now looking for academics, actors, and creative practitioners of all levels, periods, and fields to submit proposals for 20 minute conference papers, or 5-10 minute position papers for discussion. We invite papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • Disability in contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare
  • 21st-century understanding of (and challenges to) disability on the Shakespearean stage
  • VariAbility and categorisations of disability on stage (especially as applied to cognitive, learning and physical disabilities)
  • Staging disability (actors, prostheses, costumes, etc.)
  • Disabled actors and staging Shakespeare
  • Signed Shakespeare, captioning, and assistive technologies
  • Disabled scholars’ experience of Shakespeare in performance and the academy
  • Cultural and historical concepts of disability in Shakespearean texts
  • The language of disability in Shakespeare
  • Challenging the idea of Shakespeare as savant
  • Disability and Shakespeare’s collaborators and contemporaries
  • Disability studies theory and Shakespearean theatre

Please email an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio to the symposium organisers ( by Friday 15th January 2016. Please indicate if your proposal is for a position paper. There are two small travel bursaries available for postgraduate/early career presenters; the recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short reflection on the symposium, which will be published on the BSA website, the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog, and the symposium website.

If you wish to be considered for one of the postgraduate bursaries, please email us for an application form and submit it with your abstract and bio. We will contact all respondents on the outcome of their proposal by Friday 22nd January 2016. Thanks to funding from the British Shakespeare Association, this symposium will be free to attend for BSA members. Symposium attendees are welcome to join the BSA in advance of the event or on the day.

The symposium venue, the Sir Alwyn Williams Building, is fully accessible, and the symposium will include accommodations such as pre-circulated papers and discussion topics, ending with an interactive roundtable discussion. For more information on access, transport, and the venue please visit our website. If you have any questions, please email the symposium team at, or contact us via @Disability&SS.