Programme: Localism in the Medical Humanities, MHRNS workshop, University of Glasgow

Localism in the Medical Humanities 

Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS) Workshop Event

Hosted by the Medical Humanities Research Centre (University of Glasgow)

Co-organisers: Dr Megan Coyer (University of Glasgow) and Dr Claire McKechnie-Mason (Glasgow Centre for Population Health)

Date: Saturday 19th March 2016

Location: 4 University Gardens, University of Glasgow (Room 202)

This workshop event brings together medical humanities researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the question: How can ideas of the local, the regional, and the national inform medical humanities research in and about the Scottish context?

Places at this event are free but limited. If you would like to attend please email, Megan Coyer at

Draft Programme

10.30-11: Welcome and coffee

11-12.30: Panel 1

  • Iain Hutchison (University of Glasgow): ‘White coats, starched aprons, shawlie wimmin, and snivelly bairns: the rise and rise of Glasgow’s children’s hospital’
  • Moira Hansen (University of Glasgow): ‘Best Laid Plans’
  • Arianna Introna (Stirling University): ‘Spectres of Nationalism and Disability Squints: Notes Towards a Crip Scottish Literary Studies’

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.30: Panel 2

  • Pete Seaman (Glasgow Centre for Population Health): ‘Representing Dennistoun’
  • TBC (University of the West of Scotland): TBC

2.30-3.30: Research Proposals Roundtable

  • Megan Coyer (University of Glasgow): ‘Sickness in Scotland: The Glaswegian Illness Narrative’
  • Claire McKechnie-Mason (Glasgow Centre for Population Health): ‘Representing Disease’

CFP: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment, University of Glasgow, 16th-17th June 2016

Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment Conference

Papers are invited for the 18th ENRGHI Conference, a two-day event organised by and for post-graduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Geography of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG). This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research; providing valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback and discussion with researchers and students who have a shared interest in geographies of health, wellbeing and impairment.

Attracting an international audience, the conference welcomes abstracts from individuals involved in health or wellbeing research within social, geographical and/or environmental contexts (including those working within and outside of geography). The 2016 conference will take place on 16th and 17th June 2016, hosted by the University of Glasgow.

Conference papers and poster submissions can be based on work-in-progress or completed work. PhD students are encouraged to focus on a particular study aspect, such as a specific method, a literature review, or one aspect of empirical findings, rather than trying to cover the whole project.

The scope of the conference is broad in order to reflect the diversity of topics and research approaches utilised within the field of health, wellbeing and impairment. Topics covered in previous conferences include:

  • Health inequalities, environmental justice and equity
  • Therapeutic landscapes, green/blue and ‘enabling’ spaces
  • Health and wellbeing through the life course
  • Mental health, everyday life, disability and stigma
  • Migration, mobilities and health
  • Health-related behaviours and practices
  • Health-care delivery and access to services
  • Health, mapping and spatial analysis
  • Health and health care in the Developing World

Additional topics of interest could include but are by no means limited to:

  • Health tourism
  • Healthy ‘norms’, socio-cultural dynamics and moral judgements
  • Traditional medicine and healing
  • Environmental exposures and risk perception
  • Innovative methods for exploring geographies of health and impairment

Guidelines for Submissions

Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and a full paper is not required prior to the conference. Please also provide the title, author and five key words which will feature in the programme. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes, followed by five minutes of discussion. Posters should be A0 in size and there will be designate time slots for poster presentations during the conference. Please state whether you are interested in doing a presentation, poster and/or chairing a session. Abstracts should be emailed with the subject title as ENRGHI CfP by Friday 18th March 2016.

Presentations will be organised in themed sessions during the conference. Prizes for the best presentations will be nominated by delegates and awarded at the end of the conference. Details of registration and travel bursaries will be made available on the ENRGHI 2016 website in February 2016.

CFP: Visual Shakespeare: Interpretation, Translation, Staging, Gallaudet University

Visual Shakespeare: Interpretation, Translation, Staging

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

Gallaudet University invites paper and full panel proposals focusing on any aspect of Shakespeare and the visual for an artistic/academic conference October 14-15, 2016. We hope to attract a wide variety of participants including artistic directors, dramaturgs, translators/adaptors, stage designers, and performance artists, as well as scholars and teachers. Keynote presenters will include Peter Novak, Vice Provost for Student Life and Professor, Theater Program, University of San Francisco; Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg, Folger Shakespeare Theater and Associate Professor, English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Peter Donaldson, Ford Foundation Professor of Humanities and Professor of Literature, MIT, and director of The Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive; and Ethan Sinnott, head of Gallaudet University’s Theatre and Dance program and a theatre director, set designer, and practitioner with a lifelong interest in Shakespeare. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the Folger’ Library’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit and the Shakespeare in American Deaf History exhibit.

Possible threads for paper and panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary theory and visual Shakespeare
  • Thematic interpretations of the visual in Shakespeare’s plays
  • Using visuality to teach Shakespeare (K-12 and post-secondary levels)
  • Visuality and the materiality of Shakespearean texts
  • Interpreting Shakespeare through the visual arts
  • Critical analysis of how visual choices affect audience reception of Shakespeare productions, including accessibility issues
  • Staging Shakespeare – props, set design, costumes, lighting – both current and past trends
  • The physical space of theaters and its influence on visual aspects of staging in various time periods
  • History of Shakespeare in the American and/or International Deaf communities
  • Shakespeare and Deaf Gain
  • Visual representations of the body and disability in Shakespeare
  • Deaf Space and set design
  • Shakespeare in ASL: performance, analysis, translation, history
  • Manual/gestural rhetoric in performing Shakespeare
  • Critical analysis of ASL performances of Shakespeare
  • ASL interpreting of Shakespeare productions
  • Shakespeare and film

Non-verbal Shakespeare Authors of papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit revised manuscripts for an edited collection on Shakespeare and the Visual, to be published by Gallaudet University Press.

The deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals is 15th February 2016. Send 250-500 word proposals to Jennifer Nelson, Professor, Department of English:


About First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

In October, 2016, Gallaudet University will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The month-long celebration will showcase visual approaches to Shakespeare’s works, examine the history of Shakespeare in the American Deaf community, and highlight the unique contributions of Deaf artists to Shakespearean theater. Follow us on the web for more information!

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. For more information on First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, visit our website.

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CFP: Voices of Madness, Voices of Mental ill-health, University of Huddersfield

CFP: Voices of Madness, Voices of Mental ill-health

Centre for Health Histories, University of Huddersfield

Thursday 15th – Friday 16th September 2016

In the thirty years since Roy Porter called on historians to lower their gaze so that they might better understand patient-doctor roles in the past, historians have sought to place the voices of previously, silent, marginalised and disenfranchised individuals at the heart of their analyses. Contemporaneously, the development of service user groups and patient consultations have become an important feature of the debates and planning related to current approaches to prevention, care and treatment. The aim of this conference is to further explore and reveal how the voices of those living with and treating mental illness have been recorded and expressed.  We hope to consider recent developments in these areas with a view to facilitating an interdisciplinary discourse around historical perspectives of mental health and illness.

The organisers invite proposals for 20 minutes on the themes of voices of madness and mental ill-health under headings including but not limited to:

  • Oral history and testimony
  • Mental ill-health and community care
  • Mental ill-health and institutional histories
  • The role of informal carers
  • The growth of the mental health professions
  • Mental ill health and the voice(s) of adolescents and children
  • Museums and the ‘heritage’ of mental ill health
  • The literature (fiction and non-fiction) of mental ill health
  • Language of madness (if not covered by ‘heritage’)
  • Dissenting voices
  • Appropriation of voices
  • Absent voices
  • Voices and art
  • Voices and stigma
  • The voices of mental ill-health on TV and radio
  • Individual, activist and social media

For more information contact Dr Rob EllisDr Sarah Kendal or Dr Steven Taylor. To submit a paper proposal (250 words maximum) or express an interest, please contact Steve Taylor by 14th March 2016.

CFP: Social History of Learning Disability Conference, Open University in Milton Keynes

Exploring Learning Disability: Why history?

7th and 8th July 2016, The Open University, Milton Keynes
We are delighted to announce that the next Social History of Learning Disability Conference will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes on 7th and 8th July 2016.

The theme of the conference is ‘Exploring Learning Disability: Why history?’ Please see the attached Call for Papers for more information. You may also be interested in reading our blog post on the question of ‘why history’:

Please submit your accessible abstract by Monday 7th March 2016 to Claire Norman at or by post to the Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

CFP: Lancaster Disability Studies Conference 2016

Conference: 6th – 8th September 2016

The Lancaster Disability Studies conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies.

We invite submissions of abstracts for either symposium, paper or poster presentations on current research, ideas, issues and new developments in disability studies. In particular we welcome submissions in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Impact of global economic changes
  • Welfare reform
  • War, conflict and political change
  • Institutions, independent living and citizenship
  • Normalcy and Diversity
  • Media Cultures
  • History, Literature and Arts
  • Transnational perspectives and the ‘Global South’
  • Borders, boundaries, migration and citizenship
  • Theoretical and methodological ideas and debates
  • Assistive technologies
  • Death, dying and end of life
  • Hate crime, violence and abuse
  • Social policy and legislation
  • Human rights and social justice

We are also hosting two special conference streams: Mad Studies and Sexuality. Please click on the links to read more.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by 31st March 2016 using EasyChair:

nb. You will need to create an Easy Chair account to submit an abstract.

Please contact Brigit McWade for any queries about the call for papers or abstract submission.

JLCDS: Call for Papers, Special issue: Literature for Young People

JLCDS: Call for Papers, Special issue: Literature for Young People

Guest editors: Chloë Hughes and Elizabeth A. Wheeler

This special issue of the JLCDS aims to bring together an international and multidisciplinary base of readers and writers who explore disability in literature published for young people.

While disability and deafness have often featured in literature for young people, their most usual role has been as a “narrative prosthesis” supporting the storyline. Disability and Deaf literature for young readers has boomed in the twenty-first century, including bestsellers like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Fault in Our Stars, Wonder, Wonderstruck, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Out of My Mind, as well as a growing collection of texts written in or with Blissymbolics, Braille, Sign Language, or in tactile, textile, interactive, and digital formats. This special issue reconsiders the history and current urgency of disability and deafness in literature for young readers in light of this twenty-first century publishing boom.

Children are often on the front lines of the struggle over the meanings of disability. For young people both with and without disabilities, the works they encounter provide long-lasting frames of reference for understanding bodymind diversity. It is especially important that scholars well versed in disability and Deaf justice, theory, and lived experience critique this canon.

We seek articles on a wide variety of genres, including fantasy, dystopias, science fiction, graphic memoirs and novels, biography, digital forms like blogs and vlogs, “misfit romance,” “sick lit,” and superhero stories. Disabilities that only exist in fictional worlds are fair game. The guest editors are interested in submissions that cross-examine race, class, gender, and sexuality as well as disability and deafness and represent a wide cross-section of international literatures and ethnic groups.

We welcome proposals from disability and Deaf studies scholars (especially those who may not have previously written about literature for young people), but also encourage submissions from scholars of other disciplines who might lend their perspectives on using literature for young people with representations of disability to explore bodymind diversity with children and adolescents. We are also interested in intergenerational dialogues, interviews with authors and illustrators who have included protagonists with disabilities or published books for young people in accessible formats, as well as reviews of recently published young adult literature that features protagonists with disabilities. We particularly encourage submissions from scholars with the same disability as the protagonist.

Examples of content foci for this special issue of the JLCDS include, but are not limited to:

• Disabled and Deaf characters challenging normalcy
• Fantastic Freaks and Critical Crips in countercultural texts for young people
• Aesthetic/artistic representations of disability in picturebooks
• Literature for young people by Disabled or Deaf authors and illustrators
• Beyond “narrative prosthesis”
• Children’s and Young Adult Literature in accessible formats
• The role /aesthetics of disability accommodations in texts for young people
• Visibility or invisibility of Disability Rights in literature for young people
• Intersectionality: race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity
• Representations of chronic illness and mental health
• Biographical writing for young people—what is / is not included?
• Critiques of didactic texts for young people on disability
• Interviews of authors/ illustrators
• Reviews of recently published children’s and young adult literature with representations of disability


15th April 2016: submission of a 500 word proposal for articles or 150 word proposal for reviews and a one-page curriculum vitae to guest editors at and

15th May 2016: prospective authors notified of proposal status.

1st November 2016: final versions of selected papers due to editors.

1st February 2017: finalists selected. Decisions and revisions on submissions sent to authors.

1st May 2017: final, revised papers due from finalists.

Baily Thomas Doctoral Fellowships, focused on disability studies

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund are pleased to announce the inaugural round of its Baily Thomas Doctoral Fellowships.

Up to two fellowships will be awarded each year to support promising researchers to complete a PhD on a topic relevant to people with learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities).

Please click here to follow this link for further guidance and to access the application form.

The deadline for applications is 1st March 2016.  Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in June 2016. Fellowships will be awarded in open competition.

Funding opportunity for PhD to be completed in any UK university. More info at:

Three PhD studentships in Humanities and Social Science, Centre for the History of Emotions, QMUL

The Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London invites applications from outstanding post-graduate students wishing to pursue doctoral research into aspects of the histories of emotions and health. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2016.

These studentships are offered as a core element of a Collaborative Humanities and Social Science research project funded by the Wellcome Trust. This interdisciplinary project is entitled ‘Living With Feeling: Emotional Health in History, Philosophy, and Experience’. Candidates can read more about the project below.

Applicants will normally have attained (or expect to attain by the end of the academic year 2015-16) a Masters qualification that will equip them to pursue doctoral research in this area.

The Centre for the History of the Emotions has a strong commitment to undertaking engaged research of a kind that connects with work in other disciplines and with many aspects of contemporary life, including the arts, education, healthcare, and public policy. We will especially welcome applications displaying a similar commitment.

Prior to completing an application, potential candidates should make email contact with Dr Thomas DixonDr Rhodri Hayward, or Dr Elena Carrera, to establish whether a suitable supervisory team will be available.

Up to three studentships will be awarded. These will include tuition fees, a budget for travel and research expenses, and an annual stipend of £22,278. The studentships will commence in October 2016 and run for three years.

Applicants should follow the instructions for how to apply for a PhD place at the QMUL School of History, and indicate their interest in the Wellcome Trust ‘Living With Feeling’ studentships in their online application. You will be asked to provide a one-page personal statement explaining why you would like to pursue a research degree, a research proposal (no more than 5 pages), and a CV.

Further Information about the ‘Living With Feeling’ Project

In the twenty-first century ‘emotional health’ is a key goal of public policy, championed by psychologists, the NHS, charities, and economists. Those lucky enough to enjoy good ‘emotional health’ are considered less likely to suffer from a range of mental and physical disorders, such as depression, addiction, anxiety, anorexia, irritable bowel syndrome, or heart disease.

But what is the perfect recipe for emotional health? Who decides which emotions we should feel, and when, in order to be healthy? Living with Feeling will explore how scientists, doctors, philosophers, and politicians – past and present – have engaged with human emotions such as anger, worry, sadness, love, fear, and ecstasy, treating them variously as causes or symptoms of illness or health, or even as aspects of medical treatment.

The project will connect the history and philosophy of medicine and emotions with contemporary science, medical practice, phenomenology, and public policy, exploring three overlapping meanings of ‘emotional health’:

  1. The emotional dimensions of the medical encounter between patients and doctors, including the experiences of those suffering from chronic conditions, and the roles of empathy and compassion within this relationship.
  1. The emotional factors influencing physical and mental health, focussing on emotions as contributory factors to both illness and wellness, engaging historically with recent findings in neuroscience, immunology, psychotherapy, and public health.
  1. Emotional flourishing, understood as a state of healthy balance in an individual’s emotions; including historically and politically contingent assumptions about meta-emotional capacities such as empathy, self-control, self-esteem, mindfulness, and resilience.

You can read announcements about the grant on the Centre for the History of the Emotions website, the QMUL News page, and the Wellcome Trust’s website.

CFP: Studies in Gothic Fiction Special Issue – Disabled Gothic Bodies

Call for Papers: Studies in Gothic Fiction Special Issue – Disabled Gothic Bodies

Guest Editor: Dr. Alan Gregory

The Gothic is a mode that displays a sustained cultural fascination with the disabled body. As David Punter notes, ‘the history of … dealings with the disabled body runs throughout the history of the Gothic, a history of invasion and resistance, of the enemy within, of bodies torn and tormented or else rendered miraculously, or sometimes catastrophically, whole’ (2000: 40). Despite the Gothic’s prolonged exploration of corporeal deviations from perceived cultural norms, however, Martha Stoddard Holmes suggests that the scholastic intersections between Disability Studies and Gothic Studies have been largely neglected. Proposals are invited for a special issue of Studies in Gothic Fiction concerned with Gothic representations of the physically disabled body. This issue of the journal will make a valuable contribution in addressing the lack of sustained critical explorations of physical disability as a motif in Gothic fiction, film and television. It will also examine how the Gothic’s uncomfortable conflation of disability and monstrosity creates binary oppositions between spectacles and seclusions of physical difference, and the creation and cure of corporeal disability. In order to diversify from Ruth Bienstock Anolik’s edited collection, Demons of the Body and Mind (2010), the scope of the issue will not extend to Gothic representations of psychological and intellectual disabilities. Topics which may be explored by contributors could include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation
  • Birth Defects
  • Body Horror Coded as Disability
  • Celebrations of Physical Difference
  • Conjoined Siblings
  • Disabilities as Exceptionalities
  • (Dis)Empowerments of the Disabled Body
  • Entraordinary Bodies
  • (Im)Mobility
  • Monstrous Bodies
  • Phantom Limbs
  • Prostheses
  • Ritual Disfigurement
  • Scientific/Technological Creations/Cures of Disability
  • Spectacular Bodies
  • The Wounded Storyteller

Proposals of approximately 500 words, complete with a 50 word bionote, should be submitted to Dr. Alan Gregory at by Monday 30th May 2016. Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by Friday 17th June 2016. Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on Friday 4th November 2016.