CFP: edited collection, ‘Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts, Medieval to Modern’

From Christina Lee and Freya Harrison’s discovery of the MRSA-combatting properties of an Anglo-Saxon recipe, to the increasing popularity of Ian Williams’ Graphic Medicine as a teaching tool for medical students, current research into the intersections between medicine, text, and image is producing dynamic and unexpected results (Thorpe: 2015; Lee and Harrison: 2015; Taavitsainen: 2010; Couser: 2009; Cioffi: 2009; Díaz-Vera: 2009). Recent years have seen conferences on paratextual research, and a range of events orientated around literature and medicine. The purpose of this edited collection is to open up wider scholarship into medical paratexts, spanning pragmatics, literary studies, and the medical humanities.

We propose that the breadth of research into medical book history in the medieval and early-modern period will prompt productive and innovative overlaps with work on modern medical paratexts. We understand paratext as the apparatus of graphic communication: title pages, prefaces, illustrations, marginalia, and publishing details which act as mediators between text and reader. Discussing the development of medical paratexts across scribal, print and digital media, from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, the collection will be provisionally structured in three chronological sections: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern periods.

We are now looking for academics, artists, and medical professionals to submit abstracts on topics pertaining to medical paratexts. We invite proposals on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • the role of the medical preface
  • graphic medicine in popular culture
  • medicine, illness, and/or disability and graphic novels
  • the development and role of medical (and medicalised) illustrations
  • the advertising and placement of texts depicting medicine/illness/disability
  • the development of paratext in medical texts from script to print
  • the use and readers of medical texts
  • auto/biography and medicine
  • online medical writing, publishing, and paratexts

We have received initial interest from Palgrave Macmillan about the proposal, and intend to submit a full proposal for a Palgrave Pivot edited collection of approximately 40,000 words. Key benefits of the Pivot model include publication within three months of acceptance of final manuscripts, flexible length, peer review, and availability in e-book and hardback formats.

  • The provisional timeline for the collection is as follows:
  • January: deadline for abstracts (500-700 words)
  • May: first drafts of articles submitted to editors (4000-4500 word chapters)
  • June: article drafts returned with comments
  • August: final proofs submitted to Palgrave
  • December: publication of edited collection.

Please email an abstract of 500-700 words and a short bio to the conference organisers (Dr Hannah Tweed and Dr Diane Scott) at by Sunday 10th January 2016. We will respond with decisions on chapters by the end of January 2016.

Call for Participants: ‘Method Stories’, workshop impairments and design @CHI2016

We are happy to invite you to our workshop at CHI2016 (the top conference for Human-Computer Interaction), on sharing methods for involving people with impairments in the design process. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and designers who have involved people with cognitive or sensory impairments in design and to explore how the creation and adaptation process of their methods could be documented and shared. More specifically, the concept of method stories will be explored, an approach of recording behind stories of how methods are made. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discuss method stories they have created and think about suitable method story elements and formats. Future actions for continuing the method stories approach will be discussed.

You can apply by submitting a method story representing the making process of a method that you used for involving people with cognitive or sensory impairments in a design project. The submission format is open and we encourage you to carefully consider the most suitable format for your method story (e.g. written stories, videos, collages, audio stories, interviews, etc.). More information about method stories, including examples, can be found on the the workshop website
, which also includes suggestions for elements to include in your method story.

Submissions should be digitally transferrable and sharable. Your method story should include those aspects of your methodological approach that are relevant to share with other researchers and designers and we encourage you to address personal reflection, trial-and-error experiences and adaptations to existing methodologies.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2016*

Notifications: 12 February 2016

Workshop: 7 or 8 May 2016

*In case you need a notification before the end of Q4 2015 for financial reasons, please contact us directly.

Karin Slegers – KU Leuven / iMinds

Niels Hendriks – LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven

Pieter Duysburgh – Vrije Universiteit Brussel / iMinds

Bert Vandenberghe – KU Leuven / iMinds

Rita Maldonado Branco – Universidade do Porto

Eva Brandt – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design

CFP: Worlding the Brain: Patterns, Rhythms, Narratives in Neuroscience and the Humanities

Worlding the Brain: Patterns, Rhythms, Narratives in Neuroscience and the Humanities

Interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Amsterdam

March 17th-19th 2016

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Jean Pierre Changeux (Collège de France, Institut Pasteur)
  • Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University)
  • Prof. Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University)

The human brain is ubiquitous in contemporary science and culture. Knowledge of the brain has made the journey from the labs of cognitive neuroscientists out into the world where it has taken on a life of its own in various social fields and artistic and intellectual discourses, including the humanities. This interest in the brain and its influence on culture at large are likely to continue, with the recent multi-billion US Brain initiative and EU Human Brain Project. At the same time, in a parallel development to the cultural dissemination of brain research cognitive neuroscientists are also increasingly interested in how the brain’s functional and structural properties are partly determined by its material, social and cultural environments. New research has begun to address how the brain responds to specific social and discursive practices or cultural information and how it is influenced by art, social interactions and technology. This interest in the interaction between brains and their environments has led to fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations between neuroscientists, social scientists and humanities scholars.

By ‘worlding the brain’ we refer to these various attempts to study and understand human brains in interaction with their worldly contexts and environments. It is our aim to bring together scholars from different backgrounds in an interdisciplinary symposium that stimulates a productive exchange of different views of the mutual influence of the extracerebral world on the brain and the brain on the world. In order to study these processes, we will focus on patterns, rhythms and narratives as central themes of the symposium and crucial elements of the ‘worlding’ of the brain. On the one hand, patterns, rhythms, and narratives are used to sort, integrate, abstract and contextualize information in the brain. On the other hand, they are found in historical, social and cultural processes that provide the brain with environmentally specific information. Combining these perspectives can yield wide-ranging insights. The symposium will therefore bring together neuroscientific, social scientific and humanities perspectives.

We invite papers that offer interdisciplinary perspectives on relevant topics such as:

  • the co-evolution and co-constitution of patterns in brain processes and cultural patterns
  • correlations between patterns in the brain and phenomena of information; “chunking” in cultural contexts
  • narrative comprehension at the intersection of neuroscientific, cognitive and humanities approaches
  • the relation between [bodily] motion, dance and cognition
  • translation of brain patterns and rhythms into artistic forms
  • artistic practices as creative research into patterns
  • patterns, rhythms and narratives as cognitive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools
  • interdisciplinary perspectives on intercultural differences with regard to patterns and narratives
  • patterns, narratives through which the brain takes shape in public discourse
  • the role of media and technology in worldings of the brain; brain maps in the world
  • causes and consequences of pattern and narrative ‘overload’

We invite proposals for 15 minute presentations, allowing after each presentation a 15 minute discussion. We encourage interdisciplinary co-presentations or pre-constituted interdisciplinary panels. When submitting a proposal, please include a title; an abstract of ca. 250 words; a short bio and a short bibliography that includes three publications that are relevant for your topic.

The final deadline for submissions is 10th January 2016, 23.59 GMT. We will accept submissions on a rolling basis, with a final acceptance notice of 17 January 2016. The fee for participating in the symposium will be € 150,00.

Proposals and inquiries can be sent to (subject: ‘Worlding the Brain 2016’). A website for the symposium will be published shortly.

This symposium is organized by the ASCA research group Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures.

CFP: ‘Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: (Re)claiming the human’, MMU

The Annual International Conference, Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University next July and organisers are calling for papers on (Re)claiming the human: In times of crisis.

Alongside Manchester Met, The Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing will host the conference and it will be run in association with other educational institutions including The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Chester.

The conference aims to bring together activists, students, practitioners and academics to consider the concept of the ‘human’ and collect papers that explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be human in times of crisis?
  • How can we work through the entangled connections of nature, society, technology, medicine and biopower that (un)make the human?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. disabled, vulnerable, hardest hit, scroungers, migrants) being used to define and defend, as well as to resist, ‘human’ ways of being?
  • Are categorisations (e.g. autism, ADHD, depression) being used (and abused) in the (de)construction of the human?
  • How might new conceptions of vulnerability, debility and frailty frame new disability commons?
  • In what ways are new austerity measures shaping narrower and limiting categorisations of the human?
  • What ways are there to explore this within and across wider communities?
  • What is the role of academia (learning, teaching and research)?


Abstracts of no more than 200 words (with an additional short bio of 100 words) should be submitted by 28th February 2016. To submit an abstract, please email

Presenters will be informed of acceptance by 15th March, 2016. To secure a place in the conference programme, presenters should have booked a place by 30th March, 2016. Please inform conference organisers of any accessibility requirements by 30th June, 2016 via the conference email address below.
In the spirit of an eco-friendly conference, registered delegates will be sent information electronically.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Stephanie Davis, Jonathan Harvey and Kirsty Liddiard.

For further information please contact
For delegate fees and to book a place, please visit:
Keep up to date and join the debate on Twitter, use the hashtag #normalcy2016.