PGR Workshop: ‘Interdisciplinarity in Practice: Medical Humanities Research’, Leeds

The University of Leeds warmly invites participants for a one-day workshop addressing the scholarly challenges and collaborative opportunities surrounding postgraduate research in the medical humanities.

Increasing numbers of postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines are undertaking work on human health, wellbeing, disease, and the body that entails interdisciplinary approaches. Conducting PhD research across disciplinary boundaries offers significant opportunities for innovative scholarship, but it can also present practical and intellectual challenges for those at the earlier stages of their academic careers.

This workshop, supported by the AHRC, will bring together postgraduate students in the medical humanities for interactive sessions and open discussion on research skills and professional career development in the field. Session leaders include Dr Emily T. Troscianko (Oxford), Dr Victoria Bates (Bristol), Dr Sam Goodman (Bournemouth), Dr James Stark (Leeds) and Dr Catherine Oakley (Leeds), with a keynote address from Professor Jane Macnaughton (Durham).

The workshop takes place on Thursday 7th September, University of Leeds, 11am – 6pm. For more details and the application process, see here. Please address any queries to Dr James Stark.

CFP (artwork and creative writing), Asylum Magazine

Call for Submissions from Helen Spandler, Asylum Magazine

Asylum, the magazine for democratic psychiatry is looking for creative submissions to publish in its quarterly publication. These can include creative writing, artwork, cartoons, photographs, ad spoofs etc.  Images can be colour and/or black and white. Ideally we are looking for creative artwork with a critical mental health theme. There is no specific deadline.  Images should be high quality resolution (for printing purposes).

For more information about the magazine see:

For more details please contact Helen Spandler:

Please send submissions to:

New MH Publications and Book Launch, Glasgow

Lena Wanggren’s Gender, Technology and the New Woman has just been published, including two chapters on medical women. The book  treats the protofeminist figure of the New Woman by focusing on specific technologies of the time, with two chapters concerning women in late nineteenth-century medical modernity: they deal with the New Style nurse (chapter 4) and the female doctor (chapter 5) respectively. There are readings of novels like Grant Allen’s nurse novel Hilda Wade, and female doctor novels like Arabella Kenealy’s Dr Janet of Harley Street and (Scottish writer and doctor) Margaret Todd’s Mona Maclean, Medical Student. Lena has a written a blog about the book, and the book itself is available here.


Book Launch Event: Megan Coyer’s Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858

Date: 3-5pm, Wednesday 31st May 2017

Location: Edwin Morgan Room, 5 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Dr Megan Coyer is delighted to invite you to the launch of her monograph, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858. There will be a special launch discount (£35, reduced from £70). This book is also available Open Access by visiting the book page on Edinburgh University Press website and clicking on the resources tab.

Wine and nibbles will be provided – all welcome!

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ECR Workshop: ‘Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham

This  intensive 3-day workshop for early career researchers will take place Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Durham University, with the support of the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

Work in the critical medical humanities brings together scholars from the arts, humanities, social and life sciences, health professionals, patient advocates, carers and experts by experience to pursue a deeper understanding of health and illness. The field is increasingly oriented towards inter- as well as multi-disciplinary practice, and to large-scale collaborations involving multiple stakeholder groups. Much has been written and said about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, broadly conceived. Yet there is surprisingly little discussion of how in practical terms this can and should be achieved, and even less about the roles, responsibilities and opportunities for ECRs in navigating the complexities not just of cross-disciplinary but also of cross-sector working. Particularly where questions of distress, disease, disability and health inequalities are to the fore, the frameworks and practices which bring people together require more than good intentions to be effective.

This three-day intensive workshop will engage early career researchers who have some experience of working collaboratively in the medical humanities, whether in a research, community or public engagement context. Using a range of innovative formats which draw on the expertise of those assembled, we will interrogate what ‘best practice’ in collaborative medical humanities looks and feels like by exploring topics such as:

  • Understanding disciplinary commitments and conflicts
  • Techniques for the creative facilitation of meetings, seminars and workshops
  • Who does the work, who gets the credit?
  • Practical strategies for engaging clinical, patient and activist groups
  • Making sense of awkwardness, ambivalence and failure

As well as giving participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of and, crucially, practical skills in working collaboratively, we hope that this workshop will help facilitate the creation of a dynamic and ultimately self-sustaining network of researchers working at the critical cutting edge of the field.

Who’s involved?

Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities will be led by Dr Angela Woods, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health/English Studies, University of Durham, and Mary Robson, Creative Facilitator, with confirmed contributions from:

Practical Details

  • The workshop will run from 11am Monday 11 September – 2pm Wednesday 13 September 2017 at St Chad’s College, University of Durham. A follow-up day will be held at the Wellcome Trust in London on February 19 2018.
  • Applications for a place on the workshop are invited from early career researchers (broadly defined) working in any area of the medical humanities. We anticipate that academic applicants will be between 2-10 years post-PhD. Details about the application process, including a link to the online form, are available below.
  • There is no charge to participants to attend the workshop. Meals and college accommodation will be provided; however, participants must cover their own travel expenses. We will do our very best to accommodate all access requirements within the architectural limitations of Durham.
  • Following the workshop, participants will be encouraged to contribute to Working Knowledge – an online collection of practical resources for anyone interested in embarking on or funding interdisciplinary research.

Application Process

Applications are invited from early career researchers working in any area of the medical humanities or allied fields.

To apply, please complete the CCMH Application Form and send it with a current CV to congress administrator Jane Abel by Friday 17 June 2017.

Applicants will be selected by a project steering committee on the basis of their demonstrable commitment to collaborative working in the medical humanities and to ensure a mix of disciplines, areas of expertise, and career stages.

CFP: Disability and the Emotions (Part 2), Liverpool Hope

Disability and the Emotions: Part 2 of the seminar series hosted by the CCDS at Liverpool Hope University

No crying in disability studies, that was the rule set by Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity in 1993, only to be broken a few years later by Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast at the 2000 MLA conference. In the decade that followed there was a proliferation of work on emotion, especially affect, which culminated in Donaldson and Prendergast’s Representing Disability and Emotion, a themed issue of JLCDS published in 2011. Since then the CCDS has engaged with the subject of emotion recurrently. Most recently, Ria Cheyne, Joanne Heeney, Margaret Price, Emma Sheppard, Chris Foss, and Michael Rembis all gave excellent seminars in the Disability and the Emotions series.

If you would like to present a paper in this seminar series please send a proposal on or before July 16, 2017. The proposal should consist of a summary of your presentation (200 words max) and a biographical note (100 words max). If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation in the 2nd part of the seminar series (2017-2018). Proposals should be sent to:

Disability Studies: Austerity and Precariousness Seminar Series Inaugural Colloquium, Dundee

Date: 12-3.15pm, 6th June 2017

Location: Dalhousie Building 2S14, University of Dundee

You are invited to: Disability Studies: Austerity and Precariousness Seminar Series Inaugural Colloquium

Sponsored by ‘(Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion research group’, School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee

Disability studies is a scholarly movement that engages with interdisciplinary insights into the construction(s) of disability and ableist-normativity and what these dividing practices means for social policy, social care, legal regimes and biopolitics more generally. Precariousness ‘implies living socially, that is, the fact that one’s life is always in some sense in the hands of the other. It implies exposure both to those we know and to those we do not know; a dependency on people we know or know not at all’ (Butler, 2009, 14).

Precariousness can be a significant measure of the efficacy of social policy and law. This seminar series will bring together researchers whose work focuses on the marginal, the aberrant, disabled people, displaced persons and the trans/categorically ‘othered’ to explore austerus, those ‘dry, harsh and sour’ landscapes of thinking about difference, variability and the increasing (re)turn to classifying populations creating inside and outwith zones of belonging and exclusion.

RSVP through our Eventbrite page.

(Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion

(Dis)places: is a new grouping that goes by a name that is emblematic of its intended flexibility, critically and creative, without us taking ourselves too seriously. The ‘dis’ element, reflects, firstly, the School’s historical and continuing strengths in disability-related research – broadly defined. Bracketing it alongside ‘places’ draws attention to our interest in marginal spaces – physical, political, educational, cultural, economic, etc. – in which disabled people, as well as other groups and communities, find themselves. (Dis)places: Embodiment and community in critical and creative motion highlights the broad disciplinary base of our group – humanities, theology, social sciences (pure and applied), as well as making links with creative arts.


12.00 Welcome/Chair by Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell (seminar coordinator, Co-convenor Displaces)

12.15 Professor Marianne Hirschberg

1.45 Dr Maria Norstedt

2.15 Dr Elisabet Apelmo

2.45 Q & A (audience & between panel)

3.05 Closing remarks, Dr Murray K Simpson (Displaces co-convenor).

CFP: ‘Dementia Lab 2017 – stories from design and research’, Dormund, Germany

Date: 6th – 7th September 2017 (Dortmund, Germany)

The theme for this year’s Dementia Lab is sharing the underlying questions that designers, researchers and educators face in their design process for and together with people with dementia.

These questions vary from such practical challenges as recruiting persons with dementia to finding funding before a project begins or failing to have a method work as expected. Designers may struggle to find a way of communicating with people with dementia when words fail or have a hard time coping with the stress of dealing with people who are in constant mental and physical decline. Finally, once a design is made, designers and researchers often encounter resistance to the first iterations of the things designed or have difficulty integrating the designs into the routines of daily life and care.

This second edition of the Dementia Lab event, wishes to support the sharing of these successes and failures by inviting contributions from designers and researchers who are designing for and together with persons with dementia.

The event program is open for traditional contributions such as papers and workshop proposals. Additionally, there is the possibility to share experiences through stories as well as showcase the designs made for persons with dementia. The poster exhibition gives the opportunity to discuss preliminary ideas or share an experience in a poster format. Selected submissions will be published in the event proceedings.

Deadline for submission: 12th June 2-17

Notification of acceptance: beginning of July

Dementia Lab event: 6th – 7th September 2017

As the event is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fochhochschule Dortmund, the cost to attend is free. However, no more than 50 participants can attend. We have a travel support for students of up to 250 euro.

Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks, LUCA School of Arts, Social Spaces, University of Leuven (Belgium). See for more info.