CFP: ‘The Intersections of Disability and Science Fiction’, Special Issue of JLCDS

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Special issue: The Intersections of Disability and Science Fiction

Guest editors: Ria Cheyne (Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University) and Kathryn Allan (Independent Scholar, Canada)

“No other literary genre comes close to articulating the anxieties and preoccupations of the present day as clearly and critically as SF, making it a vital source of understanding advances in technology and its impact on newly emerging embodiments and subjectivities, particularly for people with disabilities.”

–Kathryn Allan, Disability in Science Fiction

Reflecting the status of science fiction as a genre that spans multiple mediums and audiences, this special issue of JLCDS seeks articles that explore the intersection(s) of science fiction, disability, and disability studies. What possibilities might science fiction or science fiction theory offer to disability activists and the field of disability studies? How might disability theory, or a disability-informed approach, enrich or transform our understanding of science fiction as a genre or as a mode of thought?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of disability in science fiction literature, comics/graphic novels, film, art, music, video games, or television, and their implications for our understanding of genre and/or disability.
  • Science fiction fan culture (including conventions, fanfic and other forms of fan production).
  • Science fiction and prosthesis.
  • Science fiction and eugenics/genetic engineering.
  • Science fiction and the posthuman.
  • Accessibility and science fiction environments.
  • The political and ethical consequences of imagining future worlds with or without disability.
  • The figure of the alien or cyborg in science fiction and/or disability theory.
  • Disability and queerness in science fiction.
  • Disability and indigenous futures in science fiction.
  • Science fiction, disability, and medical humanities.
  • The influence of disability activism on professional or fan-based science fiction production.

Submissions that consider how disability intersects with other identity categories are particularly encouraged. The guest editors welcome contributions from independent scholars.

Please email a 500 word proposal to cheyner[at]hope[dot]ac[dot]uk and kathryn[at]academiceditingcanada[dot]ca by15th March 2017. Contributors can expect to be notified by 26th April 2017. Full drafts of the selected articles will be due by 6th December 2017. Please direct any questions to either guest editor.

Lecture: Prof. Tom Shakespeare, ‘Disability and Diversity: Taking the Twin Track to Inclusion’, Edinburgh Napier

Disability and Diversity: taking the twin track to inclusion
Professor Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, Norwich Medical School

Tuesday 25 October 2016
Lyndsey Stewart Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

Lecture begins at 5.30pm followed by refreshments

How much is required to enable disabled people to participate fully and flourish? Other equality campaigns demand a level playing field. But is removing barriers enough to ensure all disabled people succeed, given the diversity of disability? Prof. Shakespeare has broad experience in health, education, employment, and has worked in the UK and in developing countries. He will draw on his academic, policy and practice experience to explore what it takes to achieve equality.

This ARISE lecture is a feature of Edinburgh Napier’s Inclusivity Week. For more information and to register for other events visit the Inclusivity Week website.

Lecture: ‘Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart’, Edinburgh

Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart, Edinburgh Napier

Tuesday 11 October 2016, 16:00 – 18:00

The Royal College of Nurses is hosting Mental Cases: Nurses, Doctors, Poets and War Trauma at Craiglockhart as part of our centenary programme and we would be delighted if you would be able to join us.

In October 1916, the Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital was requisitioned as a war hospital for the British army. The hospital treated officers suffering from psychological trauma: most famously poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Catherine Walker, curator of the War Poets Collection (Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus) will give a history of the hospital for the centenary of its founding. Following on from this, Dr Alison O’Donnell (RCN History of Nursing Society) will explore the key role which the nursing staff of Craiglockhart undertook whilst caring for their patients, with Dr Claire Chatterton offering an insight into the impact that the effects of the First World War had on the men who served.

The event is free and open to the public, so please do also circulate the event information to your networks. To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Conference: Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies, London (UCL)

Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies: A One day International Conference

Location: UCL Health Humanities Centre / Institute of Advanced Studies

Date: 15th October 2016

Suspended between science, medicine, religion, art and philosophy, the advent of modern psychotherapies represents one of the distinctive features of 20th-century Western societies, and they are increasing being exported to the rest of the world. However, their historical study glaringly lags behind their societal impact and the role they play in contemporary mental health policies. In recent years, a small but significant body of work has arisen studying histories of psychotherapies in discrete local contexts throughout the world, which is expanding and reframing our knowledge of them. However, little has been done to draw this work together within a comparative setting, and to chart the intersection of these connected histories and transcultural networks of exchange of knowledge and healing practices. This conference takes up these questions, through drawing together scholars working on histories of psychotherapies in Brazil, Europe, Japan, the UK and the US.

10.30 – 11.00am Registration/coffee

11.00 – 11.15am Professor Sonu Shamdasani (chair) (UCL) Introduction

11.15 – 12.00pm Dr. Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow) Miracles of Healing: Scottish Psychotherapy

12.00 – 12.45pm Dr. Rachael Rosner (Independent Scholar, Boston, USA) Charting Virtues in Philadelphia: The Enlightenment Journey of Aaron T. Beck’s Cognitive Therapy

12.45 – 2.15pm Lunch

2.15 – 3.00pm Professor Cristiana Facchinetti (Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Civilizing the Brazilian People through Psychotherapeutics: the case of the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene (1921-1945)

3.00 – 3.45pm Dr. Sarah Marks (Birkbeck College) Therapeutic dissidence? Legacies of psychoanalysis and phenomenology in Cold War Czechoslovakia

3.45 – 4.15pm Tea/coffee

4.15 – 5.00pm Professor Akihito Suzuki (Keio University, Tokyo, Japan) Family, Hospital and Psychotherapies: Cases from Tokyo in the Early Twentieth Century

5.00 – 5.45pm Dr. Christopher Harding (University of Glasgow) Buddhism, Christianity, and Psychotherapy: A Three-Way Conversation in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Location: Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Register at

Tickets: £30; Registered Students (bring proof of ID) £20; UCL staff/student (with UCL ID) free.

Sponsored by the UCL Global Engagement Office.

Postdoctoral Associates (2 positions), Medical Humanities, Rutgers University

Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ

Call for Applications, 2017-18

Postdoctoral Associate (2 positions)

The Medical Humanities is an emerging field that explores the relationship between culture and society, on the one hand, and medical science and clinical practice, on the other. A growing body of scholarship in this area approaches the experience of embodiment, health, illness, and medical treatment as a question rather than a given.

For the 2017-18 CCA seminar, we plan to gather those who share our interest in exploring what becomes possible when the realms currently governed by “the medical” and “the humanities” are allowed to intersect and overlap: faculty and graduate fellows, medical professionals, artists, and distinguished guests.

Topics of interest will include but are not limited to the history of disease, illness, health, and care; the visual culture of medicine; disability studies; medical narratives of all kinds, including scientific narratives; race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the study of health and illness; global health; and the classification and treatment of mental health.

The seminar will meet approximately once every two weeks for three hours on Wednesday afternoons over the course of the 2017-18 academic year.  We will read and discuss scholarship related to the medical humanities, and members will circulate and present work-in-progress.  In addition, distinguished guests will visit the seminar to discuss current projects and share insights and expertise.

In 2017-18, CCA will sponsor two external postdoctoral associates. Postdoctoral Associates will receive a $45,000 salary, health benefits, and a private office in the new Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. During the course of the academic year, Postdoctoral Associates teach one undergraduate course in a relevant department within the School of Arts and Sciences, which is arranged through the CCA. Since the CCA Postdoctoral Associate position is considered a residential appointment, candidates must agree to establish residency within a forty mile radius of the New Brunswick campus during the 2017-18 academic year.

All materials must be uploaded to the Interfolio system by 9th Jan. 2017. Please direct all inquiries about this search to


All requirements for the PhD must be completed by 1st August 2017.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a detailed proposal for an advanced undergraduate course that you would like to teach. For more details, visit the job posting.

CFP: ‘Cripping Care: Care Pedagogies and Practices’, Special issue of The Review of Disability Studies

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) seeks proposals for the special forum “Cripping care: Care pedagogies and practices”. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st November 2016. Full manuscripts should be submitted to the Special Guest Editors, Dr. Patty Douglas, Dr. Carla Rice, and Dr. Christine Kelly or

Please indicate that your proposal is for consideration of the special forum upon submission. Papers considered for inclusion should be approximately 6000 words, and may take the form of critical, academic, multimedia and creative works about disability and care as well as reflections on care’s varied pedagogical aspects and international scope.

Topics and questions related to disability and care pedagogies may include:

  • Cripping care: Disability studies approaches to care
  • Ethics of care
  • Disability care ethics
  • Caring in health/social care encounters
  • Care in long-term and home care systems, policies and programs
  • Disabled teachers and disability as teacher
  • Pedagogies of care
  • Phenomenologies of care
  • Caring under austerity and neoliberalism
  • Disabled health care providers and disabled caregivers
  • Regulating care: Vulnerability, autonomy and notions of the human in legal and policy regimes governing care
  • The entanglement of care and violence (including medical trauma, violence in/of cure, institutional violence, colonial violence, structural violence, as well as physical, sexual and other normative forms of violence)
  • Caring and cared for bodies: inter- and intracorporealities
  • Speaking back to regimes of biomedical care and biopedagogies of care
  • Post-humanism and pedagogies of care
  • Interspecies intimacies
  • Relationalities: Intersubjective, familial and kinship care
  • Innovative approaches to care
  • Care beyond carceral spaces (i.e., institutional warehousing, long-term care, group homes, asylums)
  • Caring as a pedagogy of possibility, for example, improvisation, creativity
  • Care phenomenologies and pedagogies of time
  • Intersectionality in care encounters and contexts
  • Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and care pedagogies and practices
  • Affect, disability and care pedagogies
  • Research ethics and pedagogies of care
  • Disability justice and the political economy of care

Submissions to this special issue will undergo a process of peer-review. Authors will be notified of whether their papers will be invited for consideration in the forum by 1st December 2016. Final manuscripts are due 1st March 2017. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the RDS website at for more information about the journal and its formatting guidelines. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their paper and to subscribe to the journal. Please note that acceptance of an abstract or initial acceptance of an article does not guarantee publication in RDS. RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions or want to submit, please contact, or

CFP: ‘Childhood and Disability’, Special Issue of HEC Forum

HEC Forum | Special Thematic Issue | “Childhood and Disability”

Guest Editor: Erica K. Salter, PhD
Saint Louis University, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

From growth attenuation therapy for severely developmentally disabled children to the post-natal management of infants with trisomy 13 and 18, pediatric treatment decisions regularly involve assessments of the probability and severity of a child’s disability. Because these decisions are almost always made by surrogate decision-makers (parents and caregivers) and because these decision-makers must often make decisions based on both prognostic guesses and potentially biased quality of life judgments, they are among the most ethically complex in pediatric care. Ethics committees of pediatric hospitals are regularly discussing questions like, “What is the value of a short, disabled life1?”, “What kind of treatment decisions should parents be allowed to make on behalf of their severely disabled child?”, “What can we truly know about the future life experiences of a child with disability?” and “What kind of factors, beyond biomedical, can we incorporate into treatment decisions?”

This special thematic issue of HEC Forum invites authors to reflect on and explore ethical concerns related to pediatric care and disability. Papers might engage topics like treatment decisions for extremely premature infants, postnatal management of infants with Trisomy 13 or 18, the Baby Doe Regulations, growth attenuation therapy, or prenatal genetic testing.

Authors should submit manuscripts (3500-6000 words) for consideration through HEC Forum’s Editorial Manager online gateway. Be sure to choose “SI: Childhood and Disability” as the manuscript type. The due date for manuscripts is 10th January 2017.

HEC Forum is a blinded, peer reviewed journal. All submissions will be sent out for the journal’s usual blinded peer review process for consideration for publication. Inquiries to the guest editor, Erica K. Salter, are welcome.

CFP Extended: ‘Other Psychotherapies’ conference, Glasgow

CFP EXTENDED – new deadline FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2016

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 Friday 16th September 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.

Post: Special Collections Project Manager (C18th Medical Humanities), Glasgow

The University of Glasgow Library has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust for a project to transcribe the 18th century catalogues of William Hunter’ s library using our new collections management system, EMu, and need a Project Manager. This twelve month grade 6 post will manage the digital humanities /medical humanities project “William Hunter’s Library: a transcription of the early catalogues”. The post holder will have day to day responsibility for producing a digital edition of William Hunter’s original library catalogue using 18th century sources in Special Collections, overseeing the work of a small transcription team and ensuring outcomes are widely disseminated and publicised. This project is funded by Wellcome (Research Resources for Medical Historians).

For more info see

Closing date for applications is 18th September 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Gardham(Senior Librarian and Head of Special Collections).

t: +44 (0)141 330 3791 | twitter: @UofGlasgowASC |

Registration: Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Workshop, York

Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Workshop – York, 22 September 2016

Registration is open for the final workshop in the current series organised by the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, at York Medical Society on 22 September 2016. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the workshops are a showcase of work in progress designed to help build connections and foster collaborations among medical humanities researchers, health professionals, artists and advocates.

The workshop is free to attend but please email Marie Allitt ( to reserve a place. Some bursaries are available to cover travel costs for graduate students so let Marie know if you would be interested in applying for one when you register. The day includes lunch and coffee breaks for all participants. A brief overview of the day is below; please contact for more information.


Brief Overview

9.30am – Coffee

10am – 12.30pm. Panel One: Communities of Interest: Global Health Histories, Policy and the WHO

The first session will explore current research and public outreach work being done by members of the Centre for Global Health Histories at York, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, and the links between academia and international health policy.

Chair: Dr Alice Hall (York)

Speakers to include:

  • Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York)
  • Dr Monica Saavedra (York)
  • Dr Margaret Jones (York)
  • Dr Alexander Medcalf (York)

1.15pm – 3.15pm. Panel Two: Critical Medical Humanities: Impact and Engagement

The second session will include a number of short ‘provocation’ papers on the topic of impact and engagement in relation to medical humanities projects.

Chair: Dr Angela Woods (Durham)

Speakers to include:

  • Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle)
  • Dr Annamaria Carusi (Sheffield)
  • Professor Jane MacNaughton (Durham)
  • Dr Gavin Miller (Glasgow)
  • Professor Clark Lawlor (Northumbria)
  • Dr Angela Woods (Durham)
  • Dr Carsten Timmermann (Manchester)
  • Dr Bethan Evans (Liverpool)
  • Wellcome Trust representative

3.15pm – Coffee

3.30 – 4pm. Roundtable: the Future of the Northern Network

The workshop will conclude with a roundtable on the future of the Northern Network, including a discussion of the proposal for an annual conference.

Chair: Dr Bethan Evans (Liverpool)