Workshop: ‘Connecting or Excluding? New Technologies & Connected Communities’, Glasgow

Date: 2-8pm, Wednesday 26th September

Location: The Lighthouse (Conference Suite), 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Date: 9.30am-6pm, Thursday 27th September

Location: St Luke’s (Main Hall), 17 Bain Street, Glasgow, G40 2JZ

This free event will explore how digital technologies and infrastructure help enable innovative co-creation and co-research with communities and can build new communities of learning, shared knowledge and creativity.

The event contributors include researchers, community groups and representatives, artists, and commercial partners who have worked with the Digital Transformations and/or Connected Communities Themes over the course of their development.

The two-day event will include a range of activities including talks, presentations, workshops, performances, networking and exhibition elements.


Wednesday 26th September:

 Keynote speakers:

  • Helen Manchester (University of Bristol)
  • Giovanna Fassetta & Esa Aldeghei (University of Glasgow)

The Roundtable Session:

How do we use the digital to support new forms of collaboration and co-creation and to create more inclusive forums of knowledge production?

Speakers will include: Keri Facer (University of Bristol); Jon Rogers (Mozilla Foundation); Richard Clay (Newcastle University);Ming Lim (University of Liverpool Management School).


Short screening of films created by Michele Aaron and Bryony Campbell as part of the AHRC-funded Life:Moving project, a collaboration between researchers at the University of Birmingham and the John Taylor Hospice.

Book Series Launch:

The Connected Communities Theme will launch the Foundation Series, 8 reviews exploring the different theoretical and methodological foundations of collaborative research. The reviews will be available to view at the event and download online afterwards.


Thursday 27th September:

Decolonising the Digital:

How far and in what ways is our digital world reinforcing existing elites and hierarchies? How far is it a potential vehicle for change and resistance?

Speakers will include: Natalia Cecire (University of Sussex);Nelson Mundell (University of Glasgow); Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex).

Disability, Illness & the Digital:

How can digital environments help us to reconceptualise disability, illness and accessibility? How can processes of co-creation prioritise the experiences and insights of people with illnesses and/or disabilities?

Speakers will include: Michele Aaron (University of Warwick); Martin Levinson (Bath Spa University); Jayne Wallace (Northumbria University).

Community Connectivities:

How can digital environments promote co-creation and collaborative methods in research and what represents best practice? What have we learnt from trying to build connected communities?

Speakers will include: Hannah Wright (Glasgow Women’s Library);Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling); Mike Wilson (Loughborough University).


How are digital environments fostering the re-evaluation of the nature of the archive and encouraging different communities to create new types of archive? How can creating archives challenge existing power structures and enhance community identity?

Speakers will include: Rebecca Kahn (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society); Simon Popple (University of Leeds); Niamh Moore (University of Edinburgh)

Attendance is free, but places are limited – please register via the Eventbrite page.

If you have any queries email the team at:


Paid Internships: Mind the Gap, Bradford (3 posts)

Closing Date: 29th August 2018

Location: Bradford

Remuneration: National minimum wage – £5.90 (for people aged 18 to 21), £7.38 (for people aged 21 to 24), £7.83 (for people aged 25 and over). We will discuss payment options with you in line with any benefit arrangements.


Mind the Gap is offering 3 x 6-month part-time, paid internships for an Assistant Producer, Assistant Director and Creative Engagement Facilitator. The interns will work on a new, spectacular, outdoor production called ‘Zara: Daughters of Fortune’ and other projects. Mind the Gap is one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies, and is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. ‘Zara: Daughters of Fortune’ is a co-production with Walk the Plank, funded through Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence and others.

This is an opportunity for people with a learning disability to develop their professional theatre skills by working with Mind the Gap in a supported and enjoyable environment.

To apply for the Internships, you should:

  • Have a learning disability
  • Be over the age of 18 on 1 September 2018
  • Want to get training in professional theatre
  • Want to get more confidence and improve your communication skills
  • Enjoy working with other people

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Want a professional career in theatre
  • Have a passion for theatre and performance
  • Work well in a team
  • Have good time keeping and organisational skills

Dates of Employment:

  • Assistant Producer Intern: 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019
  • Assistant Director Intern: 1 December 2018 to 31 May 2019
  • Creative Engagement Facilitator Intern: 7 January to 5 July 2019

Each internship lasts for 6 months.

Hours: 16 hours per week. (We may ask you to work some evenings and some week-ends. We will work with the successful candidate to manage the internship around their specific needs).

Deadline for Applications: 29 August 2018

Interviews: 3 – 7 September 2018

Base: You will be based at Mind the Gap Studios, Silk Warehouse, Patent Street, Bradford BD9 4SA. The building is fully accessible. Your full access requirements will be discussed and agreed before you start.

For more information, see Mind the Gap’s web-site.

CFP: Diversity and Mental Illness Workshop, Oxford (TORCH)

Date: 24th October 2018

Location: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford

Deadline: 15th September 2018

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford, and the Phenomenology and Mental Health Network, The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St. Catherine’s College, present a one-day workshop on Diversity and Mental Illness, as part of TORCH’s annual headline series ‘Humanities & Identities’.


  • Marcin Moskalewicz & Bill Fulford

Confirmed speakers:

  • Michael A. Schwartz (Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA)
  • Giovanni Stanghellini (Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy)


When speaking of diversity we usually focus on class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability, and forget mental disorders. Is this merely a coincidence, an oversight, or a sign of a deeper stigma? While contemporary cosmopolitan populations value the diversity of class, race, gender, etc., they often disvalue the diversity that is an inevitable consequence of mental syndromes. Our tolerance for radical mental otherness seems quite narrow. Modern mental health care calls for conformity and not for diversity, and it often pathologizes emotional and behavioral plurality of human beings. The goal of this workshop is to explore the question of diversity in mental health care from a transdisciplinary perspective cutting across medical humanities, history and philosophy of psychiatry, and phenomenological psychopathology.


Is there a stigma in our culture that prevents us from seeing some benefits of mental illness (such as those cherished by the neurodiversity movement)? What are these benefits? How to practice radical inclusivity today? Should we seek a balance within the often conflicting values in mental health care? Or must we rather learn to acknowledge the incompatible and irreducible variety of worldviews? Should the acceptance of a radically different perception of the world – such as a delusional one – be unconditional? What will a person-centered approach to mental disorders gain from assuming the diversity perspective?


We invite proposals of 20-30 minutes talks as well as posters. Please submit a 300-500 words abstract of your talk/poster to Deadline: 15th of September 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.


Attendance is free of charge. Refreshments and lunch for the speakers will be provided. Limited funds are available to assist PhD students and Post-Docs with travel expenses. If you are in need of such support, please submit a request together with your abstract.

CFP: Edited Collection, ‘Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints’

Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches


  • Stephanie Grace-Petinos
  • Leah Pope Parker
  • Alicia Spencer-Hall

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 1st October 2018

We invite abstract submissions for 7,500-word essays to be included in an edited volume on the topic of Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints. Because saints’ cults in the Middle Ages centralized the body-those of the saints themselves, those of devotees, and the idea of the body on earth and in the afterlife-scholars of medieval disability frequently find that our best sources are those that also deal with saints and sanctity. This volume therefore seeks to foster and assemble a wide range of approaches to disability in the context of medieval saints’ cults. We seek contributions
spanning a variety of fields, including history, literature, art history, archaeology, material culture, histories of science and medicine, religious history, etc. We especially encourage contributions that extend beyond Roman Christianity (including non-Christian concepts of sanctity) and that extend beyond Europe/the West.

For the purposes of this volume, we define “disability” as broadly including physical impairment, diversity of bodily forms, chronic illness, neurodiversity (mental illness, cognitive impairment, etc), sensory impairment, and any other variation in bodily form or ability that affected medieval individuals’ role and treatment in their communities. We are open to topics spanning the medieval period both temporally and geographically, but also inclusive of late antiquity and the early modern era. The editors
envision essays falling into three units: saints with disabilities; saints interacting with disability; and theorizing sanctity/disability.

We welcome proposals on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Phenomenology of saints’ cults with respect to disability, e.g. pilgrimage, feast days, liturgy, etc;
  • Materiality of sanctity involved in reliquaries, shrines, and relics;
  • Doctrinal approaches to disability in relation to sanctity and holiness;
  • Sanctity and bodies in the archaeological record;
  • Intersections of disability and race/gender/sexuality/etc in hagiography, art, and material culture;
  • Healing miracles and disabling miraculous punishments;
  • Cross-cultural approaches to sanctity and disability;
  • Saints who wrote about disability;
  • Specific saints with connections to concepts of disability, e.g. Margaret of Antioch, Cosmas and Damian, Francis of Assisi, Dymphna, etc;
  • Theorizing sanctity in relation to disability; and
  • Saintly figures in non-hagiographic genres.


1st Oct 2018 – Proposals due

31st Oct 2018 – Replies sent to proposals

30th Nov 2018 – Volume proposal submitted to press (contributors will provide short abstracts and bios)

31st May 2019 – Essays due from contributors

30th Aug 2019 – Editors deliver extensive feedback to contributors

15th Jan 2020 – Revised essays due from contributors

3rd April 2020 – Full volume manuscript delivered to press

Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words, along with a short author bio and a description of any images you anticipate wanting to include in your essay, to the editors at by Monday 1st October 2018.