CFP: Book Proposals, ‘Language, Discourse and Mental Health’, University of Exeter Press

The editors are very pleased to announce the new book series “Language, Discourse and Mental Health” published with the University of Exeter Press. This book series is a unique resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis, the empirical and theoretical contributions will provide a compelling insight on mental health from a range of perspectives and contexts, including psychotherapeutic communication, public presentations of mental health, literary accounts of lived experiences, and language features associated to specific mental health problems. This interdisciplinary book series will be an essential reference for students, researchers and practitioners in linguistics and communication, education, cognitive science, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, special needs, medicine, nursing, and medical anthropology.

Scope of the Book Series

The book series is framed in terms of linguistic perspectives that differentiate between communication about mental health (i.e., language performance or use), and the communication of individuals with mental health problems (i.e., language competence or systems) in real-world and research contexts. Such a focus is anticipated to be captured through the following linguistic perspectives: sociolinguistics and sociocultural linguistics, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, literary linguistics and stylistics. These can be applied through a range of language-based methodologies, including qualitative methods (e.g., discourse analysis, conversation analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, narrative analysis, thematic analysis), quantitative methods (e.g., corpus-based approaches, quantitative content analysis), and also experimental methods.

Consistent with an interdisciplinary framework that seeks to encourage and strengthen interdisciplinary research of mental health, the book series aims to encompass a wide repertoire different theoretical and philosophical views and a broad range of themes that add significant value to the field of mental health research, including:

  • ‘Understanding of mental health and mental health problems’ by developing empirical and theoretical knowledge of mental health from different perspectives.
  • ‘Living with mental health problems’ by improving understanding of individuals’ perceptions of living with mental health problems.
  • ‘Effective interventions’ by focussing on the effectiveness of psychological intervention in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems.
  • ‘Wider inequalities in society’ (e.g., issues around gender, ethnicity, poverty sexuality and faith).
  • ‘Vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations’ in society, including drug users, migrants and homeless people.

Call for Book Proposals

The book series “Language, Discourse and Mental Health” is accepting book proposals for monographs and edited volumes. To discuss your book proposal, please contact the book series editors,  Dr Laura A. Cariola, Dr Stefan Ecks, Dr Billy Lee, Dr Lisa Mikesell, Dr Anders Nordahl-Hansen. The book series will launch in spring 2019.

Book proposal form: UEP – CE Book Proposal Form 2018 (see also

Registration Open: NNMHR Congress, ‘Medical Humanities: Futures’, Leeds

Location: Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds

Date: Thursday 20th – Friday 21st September 2018

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) was founded in 2013 with the purpose of connecting individuals and institutions working in this dynamic area of interdisciplinary research. The network numbers scholars, practitioners, health professionals, artists and health advocates amongst its members and held its first Congress at Durham University in September 2017.

Registration is now open for the second NNMHR Congress, which takes as its theme “Medical Humanities: Futures”. The event will be held at Weetwood Hall at the University of Leeds on Thursday 20 – Friday 21 September 2018. The logic of the Congress is simple: it is an opportunity for people who are passionate or even simply curious about medical humanities research to present their work, share ideas, and meet potential future colleagues and collaborators.

The NNMHR Congress is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is free to attend. Please note that the Congress is not limited to members of the network. All refreshments will be provided, including a Congress dinner on the evening of September 20th. Any questions should be directed to Amelia Defalco at the University of Leeds.

The Congress Hashtag is #NNMHR2018

Registration Open: ‘Texts as Symptoms’ workshop, Bristol

Location: Room 1.05, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ

Date: Monday 9th July 2018

“Texts as Symptoms”, the first workshop in the series “Illness as Fiction: Textual Afflictions in Print and Online“, will take place on 9th July 2018 at the University of Bristol. There will be three presentations in the morning – Sue Vice (Sheffield), Katrina Longhurst (Leeds), and Maria Vaccarella (Bristol) – followed by a collaborative textual analysis session in the afternoon.

Join us if you are interested in factitious illness memoirs or, more in general, in the blurry line between autobiography and fiction!

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided, but places are limited, so please register here.

For dietary and accessibility requirements, please send an email to

Registration Open: ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century’, Birmingham

Registration open: Anxious Forms 2018, ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century’

Date: Friday 27th July 2018

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

‘The power of blood is so difficult to decipher because it is at once the foundational social metaphor and the most basic necessity for life.’

-(Priscilla Wald, foreword of The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900)

After the success of Anxious Forms: Bodies in Crisis (2014) and Anxious Forms: Masculinities in Crisis (2016), we are pleased to announce a third one-day conference which considers the construction of bodily fluids—both metaphorical and material, both abject and desirable—in the long nineteenth century. The period in question witnessed the first blood transfusion, the first English medical text on menstruation and menopause, anxieties around spermatorrhea and hysteria, the rise of vampire and werewolf fiction, and massive infrastructure reform around sewage and water to combat infectious diseases. This interdisciplinary event will explore the advancements, crises, contradictions, and understandings of bodily fluids in the long nineteenth century across a range of media, including fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, photography, visual arts, material culture, and medical and scientific texts. The event will also explore the challenges of critical discussions of topics traditionally considered taboo or hampered by the dynamics of disgust.

General Registration is open until 15th July and can be found here. All welcome!

Registration fees (before 15 July) are £20 for unwaged scholars and £30 for waged scholars. Registration fees on the day of the conference will be £35 for unwaged scholars and £50 for waged scholars.

Guest Speakers:

Professor Talia Schaffer, CUNY

Talia Schaffer is a professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction(2016); Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (2011); The Forgotten Female Aesthetes; Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England(2001; a special issue of Victorian Review, with Kelly Hager (2013); Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle(2006); an edition of Lucas Malet’s The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2003); Women and British Aestheticism, with Kathy A. Psomiades (1999). She has published widely on Victorian marriage, disability studies, women writers, and material culture, and is currently working on the feminist philosophy of “ethics of care” and Victorian social relations.

Dr Kate Lister, Leeds Trinity University

Dr Kate Lister is a historian, author, lecturer, and the curator of Whores of Yore, a public engagement project that works to make research on sexuality and the history of sex work freely accessible.

Kate is also a columnist for inews where she writes about the history of sex, covering such diverse subjects as medieval impotence tests and the forgotten custom of baking bread with your genitals. As well as her university work, Kate regularly gives talks on the history of sex at events such as the Secret Garden Party, Eroticon, Sexpression, the Edinburgh Fringe festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

She has also published in the field of Victorian studies, film studies, and gender studies, and was awarded the 2017 Sexual Freedom Award, ‘Publicist of the Year’.