CFP: ‘The Forgotten Other: Disability Studies and the Classical Body’, London

CFP: The Forgotten Other: Disability Studies and the Classical Body

Location: Kings College London

Date: 18th–19th June 2018

Deadline: 31st July 2017


  • Ellen Adams (Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kings College London)
  • Emma-Jayne Graham (Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University)

The influence of the classical bodily ideal on Western notions of beauty has been vast. But what of the broken body, as so many classical marble sculptures have become? While philosophical explorations of the body and the senses may reference the ancient world as a starting point, there is generally little engagement with the sensory body that is impaired or progressively failing. If we are interested in the body, past or present, experienced or represented, we must look to what happens when it ‘breaks’ – the challenges posed and met, the hurdles overcome or un-surmounted, and the remarkable strategies adopted to mitigate any disabling effects of physical and sensory impairments – by both individuals and their societies. Studying the disabled in the ancient past has yet to engage with Disability Studies in a way comparable with other areas of identity politics, such as gender, sexuality and race. Classics, and its cognate disciplines, has nevertheless played a role in shaping the modern concepts of impairment and disability that form the basis of contemporary Disability Studies, and this relationship deserves further exploration.

This conference seeks to explore shared ground by examining what modern debates concerning impairments and disabilities can add to our understanding of ancient bodies and identities. It will question why ‘non-normative’ bodies are so rarely brought into the mix by classicists, historians and archaeologists studying ancient social and cultural contexts, and how doing so can offer suggestive new ways of understanding the complex relationship between bodies, identities and divergent experiences of the world.

We invite papers which explore these issues from the standpoint of both Classical Studies and Disability Studies (of all periods). Plenty of time will be dedicated to discussion and, where possible, the organisers hope to ‘pair up’ speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to encourage greater reflection on the synergies and differences of each approach. Free-standing papers will also be welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The ableism inherent in the Humanities
  • Reference to the classical world and ancient thinkers in Disability Studies
  • ‘Fixing’ impairments (including aids)
  • The tension between ‘disabled’ and ‘unable’
  • The terminology of disabilities
  • Moving beyond etic objectification to the emic voice of the (impaired) person
  • The application of social, medical and interactional models to the classical world
  • Other approaches to treating disabilities (e.g. ritual)
  • The phenomenology of impairment, including movement and kinaesthesia
  • Sensory impairment and embodied experience
  • The disabled ‘beautiful body’ and the beautiful disabled body
  • Experiences of and attitudes towards progressive disabilities and sensory impairments.

Confirmed speakers include: Patty Baker, Eleanor Betts, Lennard Davis, Jane Draycott, Edith Hall, Brian Hurwitz, Helen King, Christian Laes, Michiel Meeusen, Georgia Petridou, Tom Shakespeare, Michael Squire, Hannah Thompson.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted to either Ellen Adams ( or Emma-Jayne Graham ( by 31st July 2017. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a conference volume. Funding may be available to support travel and accommodation for speakers where necessary.

CFP: Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability, and the Media, London

CFP: Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability, and the Media

Location: Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, London

Date: 9am-6pm, 23rd June 2017

Deadline: 28th April 2017

This one-day conference seeks to explore representations of the body as strange, shameful, wrong, impaired, wounded, scarred, disabled, lacking, different or ‘other’ in contemporary media.

The advent of digital media has underlined the importance of visual culture and our curiosity in representations of the body to form opinions about ourselves and others. Media portrayals of bodies can affect our lives because media are one of the primary agents of socialization (Moore and Kosut, 2010). Bodies we see in newspapers, on television and in our social media feeds are often made to appear perfect in order to conform to racialized and heteronormative ideals of what it means to be beautiful and normal in contemporary capitalist societies. Presentations of the body that are white, young, slim and productive have been critiqued from different fields in academia such as feminism, queer theory, disability studies, critical theory and postcolonial studies.

The digital media landscape is posing new challenges to the study of body representation. The Internet and social media in particular have led to an increased representation and engagement with the body through practices such as selfies, webcamming, blogging, vlogging and so on. While digital media may contribute to an empowerment of excluded and silenced bodies, they may equally open up spaces of discrimination, threats, hatred, trolling and silencing online, as the #gamergate controversy or author Lizzie Velásquez’ self-presentation on social media have recently illustrated.

A critical approach to representations of bodies and disability is therefore essential as a means of change (Bolt, 2014). This conference aims to develop a new understanding of disability and the media in the 21st century by establishing a dialogue between different scholars on the theme of body representations. In particular, we seek to formulate new questions to comprehend how the tension between non-digital and digital media is creating spaces for new ways of framing disabled bodies. How are new narratives being developed to recount diversity? What is their function? What is the relationship between representation of the body in news outlets and self-representation on social media? What are the epistemological opportunities the media could embrace in order to promote equality, health literacy and ultimately, a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be human?

We encourage interdisciplinary paper presentations of 15 minutes that aim to explore how narratives and images of other bodies are constructed in the media and what their aesthetic, social, cultural, epistemological and political implications are.


Papers may draw on media and communication studies, as well as queer theory, disability studies, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, critical theory, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, literature, history, visual studies, anthropology, health communication, religious studies, medicine and philosophy.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:

  • Researching bodies and the media: frameworks and methodologies
  • Journalism and practices of othering the body
  • The mediated body as spectacle
  • Celebrity bodies and the spectacles of transformation
  • The abject body
  • Stigma and the body
  • De-colonizing and de-westernising the mediated body
  • Neoliberalism, policy and austerity politics
  • (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
  • The objectification of the disabled body in the media
  • Contemporary coverage of disability in print/online/television/radio
  • Reality television and the body
  • Auto-ethnographic accounts of the body in / through digital media
  • The medicalised body in the media
  • Representing wounds and scars
  • Affective labour of bodies
  • The body and trauma

This conference is part of the research project ‘Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print to Online’, led by Dr Diana Garrisi (University of Westminster) and Dr Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster), which is financed through the University of Westminster Strategic Research Fund.

Invited speakers include Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy at the UK charity Changing Faces.

How to submit papers

Please send in abstracts of no longer than 500 words to both Jacob Johanssen ( and Diana Garrisi ( by 28th April 2017.

Conference attendance will be free and registration will open in late spring.

We seek to provide an open and inclusive space for everyone.

CFP: Care and Machines, Manchester

CFP: Care and Machines: an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies 

Location: University of Manchester

Date: 20th – 21st October 2017

Deadline: 1st June 2017

The event will provide researchers from a variety of fields with the opportunity to come together and to discuss and reflect upon what is meant by ‘care’ in a world characterised by increasingly intimate relationships with machines (of all shapes and sizes).

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prof Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield; Robot Wars);  Prof Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam); Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths University, London); Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente); and Nigel Ackland (public speaker on bionics and cyborgs). These discussions will explore care in contexts ranging from healthcare and mobile technologies, to prosthetics and dis/ability, to machines as companions, and sexual tools and partners. Researchers are invited to propose papers on these themes and other aspects of care to be presented at the conference.

In order to explore critically the meaning, significance, and future of care and machines, contributors from a range of disciplines are invited to propose papers on a variety of topics. As an indicative guide, topics and questions that might be explored include, but are not limited to, the following:

Methodological issues

  • What is ‘care’ in relation to other concepts such as wellbeing, trust, or altruism?
  • What do these reveal about our understandings of care and machines?
  • How can we discern or measure ‘care’ in a technological context?
  • What insights from the philosophy of technology can be applied, developed, or critiqued?

Ethical issues

  • Do humans have a duty of care to one another?
  • Can/should this be technologically mediated?
  • Do humans have a duty of care to nonhumans, including machines and animals?
  • How do practices of care interact care and machines an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies between different nonhumans, i.e. can/should machines care for nature or animals?
  • What, if any, are the reciprocal demands on participants – human and machine – in caring relationships?

Practices in contexts

  • What specific questions are raised by different examples of care and machines? (I.e. mobile devices and ubiquitous communication/data mining; companion robots and projection of emotion/replacement of relationships with other humans; machines in medicine and trust/prompting of new moral dilemmas such as switching off life machines; etc.)

Disciplines, traditions and receptions

  • How do historical relationships influence our present and future attitudes to care in technological contexts?
  • How do depictions of technologies in fiction influence our attitudes to care and machines?
  • What religious attitudes would support or challenge practices of care with machines?

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short author bio (of approximately 100 words), to The closing date for proposals is 1st June 2017, and authors will be notified of decisions by 1st July. Prospective presenters should be aware of the diverse audience of this conference, and ensure that their papers are accessible to researchers from other fields and disciplines. This should be reflected in abstracts and proposals. This conference is part of the Living with and Loving Machines project at the Lincoln Theological Institute, The University of Manchester.

Further information, as well as of the project that it is part of (‘Living with and Loving Machines’) and the Lincoln Theological Institute who are hosting the conference, can be found at the website: Registration for the conference (for presenters and delegates) will open in June.

Please feel free to circulate this CFP across your networks and to those you think may be interested in the themes of the conference.

British Academy: Arts Health Early Career Research Network

Announcement from the newly-founded Arts Health Early Career Research Network:

An exciting new Network for Early Career Researchers interested in arts and health is being funded by the British Academy. The network is open to any early career researchers – please get involved!

The Arts Health ECRN brings together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health and medicine.

The ECRN has three aims:

  1. To LINK together early career researchers through social events, networking opportunities and workshops
  2. To provide podcasts and newsletters to help early career researchers LEARN more about the field
  3. To run training events to enable early career researchers to LEAD their own research projects

If you are a graduate student, early career researcher (within 8 years of receiving your PhD) or a professional working in research or evaluation, you can join for free by providing your details here:

If you have any questions, please email Sarah at

Circulated on behalf of the Arts Health Early Career Research Network. (coming soon).

CFP (extended): ‘Disability Gains for the Academy: Exploring Pedagogies in Disability Studies’, Liverpool Hope

Disability Gains for the Academy: Exploring Pedagogies in Disability Studies

Date: Thursday 18th May 2017

Location: Liverpool Hope University

Call extended to Friday 5th May 2017

The field of disability studies is recognised and valued for research and practice across disciplines in the UK and beyond. This symposium aims to explore distinctive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that have emerged from and with disability studies.

This one-day symposium offers an opportunity for those working in the field to share their practice with academics from across the sector through the presentation and discussion of practice.

The event will explore, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • Who teaches disability studies?
  • Where is disability studies located in the academy?
  • What is the role of embodied pedagogy in teaching and learning about disability?
  • What role does affect play in strengthening pedagogies in disability studies?
  • To what extent do we exemplify the use of universal design in disability studies?
  • How does assessment design resonate with the aims and values of disability studies?
  • How do we prepare students to research disability?
  • Can the writing of accessible texts enhance academic writing in the academy?
  • Can the use of audio-description enhance engagement with learning as first stage semiotic analysis?
  • Can audio description support the development of multimodal forms of learning?
  • What are the benefits of interdisciplinary forms of learning to disability studies?

The event is hosted by the department of Disability and Education and the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.

If you are interested in presenting work at this event please send an abstract of approximately 250 words to To book a place at this free event please visit the Online Store. The store will close on Friday 12th May 2017.

For further information please contact Dr Claire Penketh:

CFP: Special Issue of Modernist Fiction Studies, ‘Modernist Fictions of Disability’

Guest Editor: Maren Linett
Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2017

In 2012, then-president of the Modern Language Association Michael Bérubé described disability studies not as an emerging field, but an “emerged” one. Disability studies revises the medicalized and individualized understanding of disability, an understanding that places it outside of culture and discourse. It locates disability instead in the social and political relations among bodies and minds understood as impaired, bodies and minds granted the cultural capital of normalcy, and the built and social environment. Because it explores the embeddedness of bodies and minds within cultures, this growing and vibrant field has an important role in literary studies.

This special issue of MFS aims to place disability studies in conversation with modernist studies. Some questions essays might consider are the following: what role does disability play in a particular modernist narrative? How does the presence of disability affect the aesthetic or political trajectory of the fiction? How do modernism’s famously difficult formal experiments complicate current modes of reading disability such as David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder’s “narrative prosthesis” or Ato Quayson’s “aesthetic nervousness”? How did the experience of World War I alter representations of disability in fiction? How do the norms that create disability function in narratives without disabled characters? We seek essays that consider the ways disability permeates modernist fiction, broadly conceived, and are especially interested in essays that take intersectional approaches.

Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references and should follow the MLA Style Manual 7th edition for internal citation and works cited. Please submit your essay via the online submission form at the following web address: Queries should be directed to Maren Linett at

CFP: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural (Berlin)

CFP: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural

Date: 27th – 28th October 2017

Location: Berlin, Germany

Keynote speaker: Leigh Gilmore (Wellesley College), Author of “The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony” (2001) and “Tainted Witness: Why we doubt what women say about their lives” (2017)

Deadline: 31st May 2017

This two-day academic conference examines the ways in which knowledge and experience of illness and disability circulate within the realms of medicine, art, the personal and the cultural. We invite papers that address this question from a variety of different perspectives, including literary scholarship, comics studies, media studies, disability studies, and health humanities/ sociology/ geography.

To launch this conference, there will be an exhibit of comics dealing with medicine, illness/ disability, and caregiving, presented in the permanent pathological collection of the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité established by Rudolf Virchow ( Our intent is to juxtapose the museum’s anonymous anatomical specimens with situated personal works of comic art.

The exhibition, which will run for three months, opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 with talks by two of the central figures of the graphic medicine movement: MK Czerwiec, nurse and author of the comic “Taking Turns. Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371” (2017), and Ian Williams, physician and author of the comic “The Bad Doctor. The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James“ (2015) (see<>).

For the conference that follows, we invite as yet unpublished papers on comics and/ or literary texts (both fictional and auto­biographical) addressing one (or more) of the following questions:

Shared Spaces: The Transformative Relations between Literature/ Comics and Medicine/ Science
How do scientific/ medical professionals use comics and/ or literature to engage the public and impart new research or public health measures? How do narrative and graphic illness stories influence medical and scientific concepts of health and disease? How do these diverse spaces of experience and knowledge interact with each other?

Inner Landscapes: The Aesthetics of Representing the Lived Experience of Illness

What aesthetic strategies do literary works and comics use to reveal the inner perspective of living with illness/ disability/ medical treatment? How do narratives represent emotional situations of invisible suffering, such as psychic disorders, trauma, involuntary memories and flash­backs, but also autoimmune diseases or cancer? Literature has devel­oped aesthetic techniques such as inner monologue, stream of consciousness, and metaphors; do comics employ comparable or different aesthetic strategies?

Timelines, Time Spirals, Time Vectors: Communicating Acute Illness, Chronic Disease, and Terminal Illness

In On Being Ill, Virginia Woolf characterizes periods of illness as having a time of their own, ‘slowing down’ life, revealing humans’ finiteness and inspiring unprece­dented creativity. How do other literary and graphic illness narratives reflect the percep­tion of time during illness? How is the disruption of acute illness or the caesura brought on by a new diagnosis represented? Do comics and literature employ different means of representing life with a chronic con­dition?

Confessing, Surviving, Normalizing: Constructing the Self in Illness Narratives

What kind of subject is produced in contemporary illness narratives that rely on the confessional mode? As Michel Foucault has argued, such a mode is double-edged: it presumes a powerful speaking subject who is simultaneously subjected to the very institutions s/he addresses, ranging from healthcare to patient support groups and including the audiences of illness narratives. What kind of identity is enabled or foreclosed by concepts such as ‘sur­vivorship’? What avatars are created in illness comics – do they differ from protag­onists in written texts? Do literature and comics take part in or go beyond a process of normalization that is entailed in the confessional mode and the term ‘compliant patient’?

The Politics of Storying Illness: Going beyond the Individual

Can illness narratives give voice to the experience of entire communities or comment on national healthcare systems (and their potential flaws)? Are there texts and comics that offer alternatives to narratives that focus on a single protagonist – if so, how do they do it? To what extent are illness narratives in literature and comics emancipatory and subversive, and to what extent do they tie into contemporary endeavors in bio-medical self-management, prophylaxis, and prevention?

For each panel, we welcome either theoretical reflections on or close readings of literary texts and/ or comics; comparative papers on both artistic media are especially welcome. Accepted participants will receive funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the subject of patho/graphics, i.e. literature and comics on illness/ disability.

Paper proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract (max.) for a 20-minute presen­tation, and a short biographical note with institutional affiliation (where appropriate). Abstracts and papers can be in either English or German. Please submit by May 31, 2017, to:

Prof. Dr. Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff (Berlin) and Prof. Susan Merrill Squier, PhD (Penn State),
PathoGraphics research project, Friedrich Schlegel School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin, Germany

This conference is made possible by: Einstein Foundation Berlin, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.

CFP: Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, ‘Disabled Sexualities’

Deadline: 1st August 2017

In 1993, Irving K. Zola identified the sexual freedom of disabled persons as a pressing but neglected issue, usually drowned out by policy focussed on access to public and commercial life. Since then, public health and education policies in much of the world have addressed sexuality for disabled persons only as a problem to be managed (by parents, by group-homes, by medical care providers), and not as a right of access to self-expression. Increasingly panoptic governmentality has constructed a very particular, individual, “healthy sexuality” that marginalizes disability, leaving it always-already as a disqualifying category.

“Healthy sexuality” is produced in and by the twinned, vexed mandates of public health and public education (see, for example, Mary-Louise Adams’ The Trouble with Normal). Over the past 25 years, “healthy” sexuality has been increasingly viewed not only through the lens of consent (an obvious good), but also through the inclusion of sexual activity only if it serves “attachment” within monogamous pair-bonds (a less obvious good) between subjects assumed to be equally agential. In this now-pervasive model, sex is not “healthy” unless it is nobly promoting intimacy, or deeper understanding between the monogamous couple. We see this evolutionary model at work in most sexual education curricula and in web-based education.

Hence, this special issue seeks to challenge the normative assumptions that underpin ideas about “healthy sexuality,” who can enter into legitimate pair-bonds, and the largely reproductive demands of the pair-bond concept itself.  We seek to interrogate the idea that non-disabled persons never desire those with disabilities as equals, that sex between the apparently “normal” person and the person with a disability is necessarily one of predation, and other such assumptions. We seek papers that address the legitimacy of desire of and for disabled persons. We also seek papers that address the rights of disabled persons to sexual expression that does not meet the normative assumptions of the pair-bond model, while also not assuming that disabled persons have no legitimate interest or ability to enter into reproductive and emotionally bonded sexual relationships.

Useful touchstones for inquiry might include, but not be limited to, Robert McRuer’s Disability and Sexuality; J. Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure; Anne McGuire’s War on Autism; and Jonathan Mitzi and Anna Kirkland’s Against Health, and Kathryn Stockton’s Growing Up Sideways, along with others writing more broadly about affective life and disability, such as Mel Chen, Sami Shalk and Katarzyna Kolkorova. Emerging work grounded in theory at the intersections of disability, race, and class through feminist theories of embodiment will be of particular interest. Submissions might develop insight based on discourses of “risk prevention” from work such as Julie Passanante Elman’s Chronic Youth that asks us to consider the exploitation of youth – whose putatively “disabled” brains in adolescence render them largely unable to make “good decisions” without the policing of various state agents – for political ends.  In other words, a critical interrogation of “risk prevention” as it is applied to disability, and the problematization of some populations as especially risk-oriented is most welcome.

The special issue seeks to:

  • Contest the “healthism” and ableism inherent in salutogenic (that is: “health promoting”) health education and policy related to sexuality
  • Interrogate normate constructions of sexuality for (instead of by) disabled persons
  • Launch a critical discussion about sexuality and sexual relationships both the self and to others from a critical disability perspective.
  • Deliver a critical account of ways in which “healthism” approaches to sexuality and disability as paired “areas of concern” enter into public discourses and popular culture.

The web-based, open-access format of the CJDS allows us to welcome audio-visual and multi-media submissions. We encourage inderdisciplinary and disciplinary work that considers artifacts and ideas like:

  • Medical journal case reports
  • Public Health policy
  • Medical records
  • Public education/outreach programming
  • The categorization of desire along axes that silence and marginalize PWD
  • “Mental illness” as a discrediting status that constructs some people as categorically incapable of having “sex lives” or intimate relationships
  • The structuring of neurodiverse people as a group that is, by definition, neither interested in nor entitled to an intimate/sexual life
  • The problematization of sexuality and desire in queer identifications and/or racialised disabled bodies
  • The connections and divergences between HIV status, disability politics, and the creation of “proper” sexual subjects
  • Considerations of asexuality, asexual identity as non-pathological

Contributions from any discipline and methodological framework are welcome, but all should be familiar with and work from a stance that takes disability as a legitimate position from which to produce knowledge and to interrogate the limits of standard thinking about disability, sexuality, and health.

Send full submissions via email by August 1st, 2017 to:

Morgan Holmes, Special Issue Editor
Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
Professor, Dept. of Sociology

Wilfrid Laurier University

CFP: Special Issue of CJDS, ‘Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Activism, and Art’

Deadline: 1st October 2017 

Narratives of survival and mythologies of resilience play a central role in cultural reproduction of neoliberal Westernized societies and sensibilities. A dominant trope holds that lived experiences of adversity are resources that can be productive and even profitable, when effectively managed. Disabled, m/Mad, d/Deaf, indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S, children and older adults – socially and ethno-culturally marginalized people and communities – are routinely represented as occasions to observe, and even test, the truth of this trope. The affects, experiences, realities, desires, and even the very lives of people living with difference and adversity, are treated as resources that can be morally and justifiably exploited in the name of progress. Resilience is paradoxically imagined as a product of disablement, and a form of insurance against disability. Such narratives structure everyday life in schools, colleges and universities, as well as in families and communities, rural and urban environments, nursing homes and hospitals, and even prisons.

This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS) seeks works that critically examine survival and resilience as socio-political phenomena, and that resist and rupture neoliberal relations to difference and adversity. Submissions may take the form of theoretical, policy and empirical analyses, autoethnographies, pedagogical and activist reflections and interventions, visual and performance art, poetry, fiction/non-fiction, interviews, and critical commentaries that take-up, flesh-out, and undo unexamined relations to the meanings and materialities of survival, rupture, and resilience.

Although the following list is not exhaustive, possible topics may include:

  • Autoethographies of resilience
  • Colonialities and/of resilience
  • Coping technologies and (govern)mentalities
  • Corporealities of survival and/or resilience
  • Disability and intergenerationality
  • Disability, indigeneity, cultural resilience and renewal
  • Discourses of disaster (social, environmental, emotional, and otherwise)
  • Education and resilience
  • Eugenic survivals/surviving eugenics
  • Family resiliences
  • Genealogies of resilience
  • Geographies and/of resilience
  • Geopolitics of resilience
  • Livability and resilience
  • Media representations of resilience
  • Mythologies of resilience
  • Performativities and practices of survival and/or resilience
  • Politics of resilience
  • Psychiatric and institutional survivor histories and activisms
  • Reimagining rupture and resilience from post/trans/dis-human perspectives
  • Resilience and desire/desirability
  • Resilience and security/surviving securitization/rupturing risk
  • Resilience and the (un)natural world
  • Resilience literatures and literacies
  • Resilience narratives
  • Resilience within and beyond institutionalization/institutionalized spaces
  • Social, mental and environmental ecologies and resilience
  • Survivals and/or resiliences as mediating time(s)/temporalities
  • Survivals, ruptures and resiliencies within the context of austerity and/or neoliberalism
  • Surviving regimes of carcerality and/or “care”
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Technologies of resilience

We are accepting submissions in English, French, ASL, and LSQ. All submissions that are not text-based must be made accessible (eg: videos and vlogs must be captioned, artwork must include audio description which can be embedded as alt-text, etc.). Please contact the editor if you have any questions about this.

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies welcomes interdisciplinary submissions ranging from but not limited to critical race theory, disability studies, m/Mad studies, d/Deaf studies, gender studies, history, art history, philosophy, social work, sociology, and visual and literary arts. Submissions must include/engage a disability studies perspective. We invite authors who self-identify as academics, artists, activists, and cultural producers.

Written submissions must be no longer than 6000 words (excluding references, notes, and tables) and reflections and creative writing may be significantly shorter. Work submitted must be original, not under consideration or published elsewhere in print or electronic media. Submissions must include a cover page with authors’ names, titles, institutional affiliations (if applicable), and full contact information, but authors’ names cannot otherwise appear anywhere in the manuscript. Authors must also provide a 250-word abstract and 4-10 keywords. Please read further for CJDS submission guidelines:

Artistic submissions may include poetry, creative writing, photography, video, mixed media, as well as digital renderings of works on paper or sculpture. Artwork must take a form that can be submitted and viewed/heard electronically. For visual imagery, digital files may be sent as jpgs in an e-mail attachment. Emailed image files must be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi) and must be numbered and named to correspond with a text-based list describing images.

Final submissions are due October 1st, 2017. Please submit electronically in Microsoft Word format (or, if sending images, according to the specifications outlined above) as an email attachment to the special issue’s guest editors Dr. Katie Aubrecht: and Dr. Nancy La Monica:

CFP: Habit, Addiction and Thought Conference (London)

Location: London South Bank University

Date: 30th June – 1st July 2017

Deadline: 31st March 2017

The London Conference in Critical Thought 2017 is a multiple-stream interdisciplinary conference hosted by the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. It will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests. The conference is divided into thematic streams – this Call for Papers relates to the stream on Habit, Addiction, and Thought.

“… most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking.”1

In this transdisciplinary stream we aim to bring together academics and practitioners from a range of different disciplines to explore the relationship between habit, addiction, and thought. The stream will be open to all those who are looking for an environment in which to think collectively about the social, cultural and cognitive implications of addictive behaviour. We hope that this group will include academics from disciplines such as psychology and philosophy, practitioners working with the social and clinical aspects of addiction, and those with lived experiences of addiction.

As part of this stream we hope to critically assess a number of connected questions, including how contemporary theories of addiction can help us to understand many of those human actions, be they personal or collective, that are not traditionally considered as addictions. For example, the processes that constitute life, such as eating, sleeping, and reproducing, are all incessantly repetitive and habitual, but can they be considered and analysed using the categories of addiction?

We are especially interested in exploring the relationship between thought and addiction. One way we hope to do this is by reassessing the role that the concept of habit plays in the history of philosophy by considering its proximity to the concept of addiction. For example, what happens if we problematize Hume’s claims in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding that human volition is a determination of thought acquired by habit, and that belief is “nothing but a peculiar sentiment, or lively conception produced by habit” (141-142) by replacing the concept of habit with that of addiction? Habit also forms the basis for ethics in the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, and Locke, and as the foundation of belief for thinkers such as C. S. Peirce, John Dewey, and William James. What effects will be produced if we rethink these philosophical references to habit as implying the specific kind of acquired, habitual process commonly called addiction?

Other questions that participants may wish to consider include: Is thought inherently addictive? Does the capacity for abstract thought rely on unthinking habitual processes? If so, could these processes be understood as addictions? Is the distinction between habit and addiction discrete and binary or continuous and gradual? Is addiction best understood as a secondary and dysfunctional activity, in relation to rational thought, or can the power of addiction be understood without any reference to a normative model of rationality? Also, do addictions only exist at the human level, or are there addictive pre-individual processes ‘below’ the level of the human individual and addictive social processes ‘above’ the level of the human individual?

In the spirit of the LCCT we are especially interested in submissions that challenge the traditional conference format. Non-verbal forms of presentation, group participation, and other forms of interaction are highly encouraged. We are especially interested in sharing personal and professional experiences of addiction that disrupt the received wisdom concerning habit, addiction, and thought.

Please email all completed responses to this conference address. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by 31 March 2017.  If you have any questions about this CfP, please email Ed Thornton.

Please note that participation at the conference is free (though registration will be required).

[1. The opening quote is taken from a passage of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest in which the character Don Gately, a recovering alcoholic, lists the many things that one learns when living in a halfway house for recovering addicts.]