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

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

5-6 July, 2017

Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Interdisciplinarity is pivotal in the development of the academy for many reasons, some of which form the conceptual framework of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies. Although far from straightforward in practice, the thinking is that interdisciplinarity leads to curricular reform that itself leads to changes in social attitudes – or more specifically, that appreciation of disability studies within the various academic disciplines ultimately contributes to the erosion of ableism and disablism in culture and society.

The organisers of the 4th biennial CCDS conference 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, Education Studies, Film Studies, History, Holocaust Studies, International Studies, Literary Studies, Literacy Studies, Management Studies, Media Studies, Medical Humanities, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Professional Studies, Special Educational Needs,  Technology, and Women’s Studies. This list is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.

Paper proposals of 150-200 words should be sent to on or before 1 February 2017.

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

Booking information will be circulated in the coming weeks.

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CFP: The Medieval Brain Workshop, York

CFP: The Medieval Brain Workshop

University of York

10th – 11th March 2017

As we research aspects of the medieval brain, we encounter complications generated by medieval thought and twenty-first century medicine and neurology alike. Our understanding of modern-day neurology, psychiatry, disability studies, and psychology rests on shifting sands. Not only do we struggle with medieval terminology concerning the brain, but we have to connect it with a constantly-moving target of modern understanding. Though we strive to avoid interpreting the past using presentist terms, it is difficult – or impossible – to work independently of the framework of our own modern understanding. This makes research into the medieval brain and ways of thinking both challenging and exciting. As we strive to know more about specifically medievalexperiences, while simultaneously widening our understanding of the brain today, we much negotiate a great deal of complexity.

In this two-day workshop, to be held at the University of York on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March 2017 under the auspices of the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, we will explore the topic of ‘the medieval brain’ in the widest possible sense. The ultimate aim is to provide a forum for discussion, stimulating new collaborations from a multitude of voices on, and approaches to, the theme.

This call is for papers to comprise a series of themed sessions of papers and/or roundtables that approach the subject from a range of different, or an interweaving of, disciplines. Potential topics of discussion might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • The history of emotions
  • Disability and impairment
  • Terminology and the brain
  • Ageing and thinking
  • Retrospective diagnosis and the Middle Ages
  • Interdisciplinary practice and the brain
  • The care of the sick
  • Herbals and medieval medical texts

Research that grapples with terminology, combines unconventional disciplinary approaches, and/or parks debates around the themes is particularly welcome. We will be encouraging diversity, and welcome speakers from all backgrounds, including those from outside of traditional academia. All efforts will be made to ensure that the conference is made accessible to those who are not able to attend through live-tweeting and through this blog.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for independent papers, or expressions of interest for roundtable topics/themed paper panels, by Friday 21st October 2016, to Deborah Thorpe at:

CFP: ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’, Glasgow

Monday 3rd April – Tues 4th April 2017

University of Glasgow

The Wellcome Trust-funded Conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’ brings contemporary Western expertise into dialogue with psychotherapeutic approaches from ‘other’ spatially, historically or otherwise ‘distant’ cultures. The Conference Committee invites abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute presentations, to be submitted by no later than 31st August 2016.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Chiara Thumiger, Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick: ‘Therapies of the word in ancient medicine’
  • Dr Jennifer Lea, Geography, University of Exeter: ‘Building “A Mindful Nation”? The use of mindfulness meditation in educational, health and criminal justice settings’
  • Dr Claudia Lang, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich: ‘Theory and practice in Ayurvedic psychotherapy’
  • Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh, Psychology, University of Northampton: ‘Anomalous experiences and mental health’

University of Glasgow Organizing Committee:

  • Dr Gavin Miller (Chair), Medical Humanities Research Centre/English Literature
  • Dr Sofia Xenofontos, Classics
  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Dr Ross White, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Papers should address one or more of the conference’s four themes:

1. Ancient approaches to psychotherapy
This theme seeks to explore ancient and medieval approaches to psychotherapy from the Egyptian and Babylonian world, the Graeco-Roman antiquity, the Chinese and medieval Islamic and Jewish traditions. It aims to foreground various ancient practices used in ‘the cure of the soul’, investigating the extent to which modern psychiatric techniques draw upon such wisdom traditions. Other key goals will be to distinguish diverse conceptions of selfhood required or advanced in psychotherapeutic settings, and to consider the borders between religion, medicine, and philosophy.

2. Geographies of Psychotherapy
We invite papers that wish to examine the development of psychological ideas and practices and their transformative effect over a range of (global) spaces, sites and places. Although not limited to such themes, we encourage critical debates into the uneven development of psychological practices over time and space, the changing spatialities of caring practices, embodied practices of healing, and writing psychotherapeutic geographies.

3. Postcolonial/Indigenous Psychotherapies
The emergence of different, competing schools of Western psychotherapy has been accompanied by rapid development in the capacity to share knowledge globally. Western psychotherapies are juxtaposed with forms of healing based on markedly different epistemic and philosophical underpinnings. This theme considers whether indigenous forms of healing in LMICs can be viewed as de facto psychotherapies. Attention will focus on the dynamics of power in post-colonial contexts and how this has influenced the perceived credibility of western vs indigenous forms of therapeutic/healing interaction.

4. Subcultural Psychotherapies
We invite critical engagement with the propensity to see subcultural participation (bodybuilding, gaming, body modification, BDSM, Goth, Emo, etc.) as cause or predictor of psychopathology. While remaining open to subcultural pathogenesis, we encourage exploration of subculture’s therapeutic/salutogenic dimensions, including the recovery/survivor movement, popular/mass culture, new religious movements, and anomalous experiences such as mediumship and therianthropy.

Abstract submission
Abstracts (.doc, .docx, .rtf) should be emailed to by no later than 31 August 2016 along with a short biography (100 words or less). Abstracts will be considered by the conference organizing committee, and notifications will be communicated by no later than 30 September 2016.

Journal Issue
There will be an opportunity for a selection of papers presented at the conference to be developed into a thematic issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Transcultural Psychiatry ( that will be entitled ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’.

Downloadable call
A .pdf of this call may be downloaded: OtherpsychsCFP.

Contact details

If you have any queries, please contact us at or via Twitter on @otherpsychs.

CFP: ‘Disability Studies’, Special Issue of Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation

Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation Special Disability Studies Themed Issue

The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal. We are currently seeking submissions that can further the relationship and conversation between disability studies and the rehabilitation fields. We are particularly interested in pieces that explore the ways disability studies and rehabilitation can inform one another.

A few potential submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • An exploration of accommodation and access in the workplace for rehabilitation professionals with disabilities
  • Patient and family experiences and perspectives from a disability studies perspective
  • The history of disability studies and rehabilitation
  • Approaches to art or literature in rehabilitation education through the lens of disability studies
  • Book and film reviews pertaining to the subject of disability studies and rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation technology and disability studies.

The purpose of The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation is to increase awareness and foster the integration of humanities in the rehabilitation sciences.  Our mission is to encourage dialogue among rehabilitation professionals, patients, families and caregivers that describe the human condition as it experiences the impact of illness or disability.

In that spirit, The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation publishes work that reflects and analyzes the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual resources that comprise humanism in the rehabilitation.  We publish work in several genres, including perspectives pieces, personal narratives, reflections, poetry, video or photo essays, or original research articles.  We are also looking for reviews of films or books that may be relevant to this topic, or a personal blog/reflection that describes an interaction and provides a learning experience between a healthcare provider and an individual living with disabilities.  Accordingly, clinicians, researchers, students, patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and administrators are all challenged to submit creative works to the journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic dimension in rehabilitation.

Submissions are due by 5th April 2017.

For questions, please contact:

Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS
Associate Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation
Emory University School of Medicine

CFP: ‘Autism Narratives’, Special Issue of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Call for Papers

Special Issue: Autism Narratives

Guest Editors: Stuart Murray (English, University of Leeds) & Mark Osteen (English, Loyola University Maryland)

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of two major studies on the cultural representations of autism, Stuart Murray’s monographRepresenting Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination and Mark Osteen’s edited collection Autism and Representation. In the intervening years, autism representation has proliferated across media and been re-configured diagnostically in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V. This special issue asks: what current topics shape the cultural conversations around autism? Has the greater profile of the condition over the last ten years led to improvements in the ways it is discussed and greater sophistication in its representations? Have increases in cross-and multi-disciplinary academic work produced more nuanced accounts of autism experiences? Where does the condition fit in recent developments in Disability Studies? In short, do we now know better what is meant by an ‘autism narrative’?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Autism in fiction, film, and life-narratives
  • Autism and the visual arts
  • Music and autism
  • DSM-V and changes in autism diagnosis; the ‘disappearance’ of Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism and popular media
  • Theorising autism
  • Medical discourses of autism
  • Autism and social communities
  • Autism and technology
  • Autism and inter/dependence and care
  • Autism and cultural, ethnic and racial diversity

Please email a one-page proposal to and by 28th February 2017. Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by 31st March 2017. (Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on December 15, 2017). Please direct any questions to either guest editor. We welcome contributions from autistic/neuro-atypical persons.