CFP: ‘Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference’, Cardiff and Swansea

Date: 27th – 29th June 2019

Location: Cardiff and Swansea, Wales

Closing Date for Proposals: 23.59 GMT on Sunday 18th November 2018

Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference

The organisers are delighted to announce that ABMU Health Board and the University of South Wales are working together with a range of partners towards the next conference ‘Storytelling for Health 2: Patient Stories’, which will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2019. We will be narrowing the focus slightly for this conference to look at how patient experiences are captured, presented and understood through story. We hope this will make for some provocative and productive conversations.

Thursday 27th June will be a student conference hosted by the University of South Wales at the Atrium in Cardiff. Delegates will then go by coach to Swansea to join the first event of the main conference at 7pm on the 27th.

Keynote Performance
We are thrilled that Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance. See for more details.

The RUFF Story
In the performance of RUFF, Peggy Shaw ruminates on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011 and pays tribute to those who have kept her company over the last 70 years. Peggy says there are dark spots and blanks in her memory now and the performance is a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the dark spots with new insight.

The RUFF Story is an unplugged, storytelling version of the original performance, a freewheeling monologue laced with deadpan humour, arresting honesty and some up to the minute reflections on life before, during and since her stroke.

‘A powerful ode to vulnerability’ – Diva Magazine

Performed by Peggy Shaw
Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Invited Speakers
As well as Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver other invited speakers include Pippa Hardy & Tony Summers of Patient Voices and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest news on invited speakers.

Call for Contributions
See more information here
The deadline for submissions is at 23.59 GMT on Sunday November 18th

Booking Information
Book your place now at the early bird rate (full rate from March 1st)
Separate tickets can be purchased for the student event

Please Note
All speakers will be expected to register for the conference. A limited number of bursaries will be available to enable those not funded by organisations or not in receipt of a full time salary to attend. Please contact for an application form.

Registration Open: ‘LHIVES: Narratives of HIV’, Manchester

Date: 4-7pm, Friday November 9th 2018

Location: Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

You can now register for free for the LHIVES: Narratives of HIV event in November 9, 4-7pm in Manchester city centre. Tickets are running out fast. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Register at

This event will discuss the role of stigma and diversity in people’s experiences of HIV through a multidisciplinary approach combining media studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology and nursing. The event will launch with a workshop run by the George House Trust, where an expert in HIV and a person living with HIV will talk about their experiences and answer questions from the public. Then, we will have a roundtable with the following speakers:

  • Rusi Jaspal (Professor of Psychology and Sexual Health, De Montfort University),
  • Brian Heaphy (Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester),
  • Jamie Hakim (Lecturer in Media Studies, East Anglia University),
  • Phil Hutchinson (Lecturer in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University) and
  • Michelle Croston (Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University).

After the roundtable, there will be an exhibition of photographs taken as part of Angelia Cabeza’s research for there PhD at the University of Manchester. Free refreshments and cakes will be available.

Event funded by the ESRC and Department of Sociology at The University of Manchester. For any questions, email

CFP: ‘History of Technology and Disability’, International Committee for the History of Technology conference, Poland

Date: 22nd – 27th July 2019
Location: Katowice, Poland
Date for submissions: 15th December 2018
I am seeking panelists for a session on complexity and history of mutual relations between technology and disability for 2019 International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) conference to be held in Katowice, Poland 22-27 July 2019. The panel will engage with the main conference theme (technology and power) by examining the disability-technology relations in local, statewide, and global frameworks. In this panel I hope to explore an entanglement where technology, disability, poverty, gender, and ethnicity intersect – all these aspects influence the accessibility as well as development of instruments, services and “technical literacy”.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • the bio/medical technologies as biopolitical tool
  • strategies and contexts of resistance against bio/medical technologies
  • prosthesis as cultural artefact and political statement
  • dis/emancipatory technologies
  • global and postcolonial aspects of relations between technology and disability
  • special – mainstream – and back again: assistive technologies
  • the cyborgisation of the disabled body
  • disabled users and DIY practices: reusing, repairing and tinkering as inventing
  • the disabled inventors

To submit a proposal please send it to by 15th December 2018, as the session proposals deadline is 15 January 2019. In your proposal please include a 300-word abstract (please keep that limit as the submission system is very strict), as well as one-page CV, both in .doc or .docx format.

To see the original CfP please visit ICOHTEC’s website.

Magdalena Zdrodowska

Jagiellonian University

CFP: ‘Hearing/non-hearing, technology and art’, Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, Denmark

Date: 20th – 23rd August 2019
Location: Aalborg University, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2018
I am looking for panelists for my session on experiencing hearing and non-hearing in technology and art for 2019 Media Art History RE:SOUND conference, which will be held in Aalborg University (Denmark) on August 20-23, 2019. This session is part of Track 4: Art and Technology: Methodologies, Practices, Histories. More information about the track can be found here.

I propose two paths to explore the hearing/non-hearing theme:

The first one is related to do the physical condition of non-hearing, namely the deafness, such as:

  • past, present and future of sound amplification
  • the impact of deaf-targeted amplifying equipment on mainstream technology (e.g. cybernetics, sound film)
  • the deaf experience of sound and music (e.g. vibrations, amplification)
  • the “translation” of music into signing
  • usage of deaf-targeted instruments in art

The second path relates to deliberate non-hearing, especially in urban public spaces:

  • practices of isolation from unwanted/unpleasant/threatening sounds
  • both everyday and artistic strategies of sound elimination or selection
  • architectural aspects of creating quiet or soundproof rooms and spaces
  • headphones, walkman, ipod… – the tools of sound elimination and selection
  • hearing and non-hearing in different cultural contexts

I warmly invite you to consider addressing above-mentioned themes but – as it is just a partial list of pertinent topics – proposals on other issues related to hearing/non-hearing in technology and art are very welcomed.

Those who consider contributing to this or another thematic session at Media Art History are responsible to submit their abstracts on their own. However, I recommend you to contact me first at

To learn more about the conference in general or about other featured session, please go to On the top of the page there is a link to the conference registration system. Proposals should consist of a 300-word abstract and a short bio. All proposals will undergo a double blind review by the Program Committee. The deadline for submitting the abstract submission is 1st November, but in in case you need more time, please let me know.

The International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology – RE:SOUND is hosted by RELATE (Research Laboratory for Art and Technology), Aalborg University and will be held August 20-23, 2019 in partnership with the STRUER Sound Art Festival and CATCH – Center for Art & Tech in Elsinor.

Magdalena Zdrodowska
Jagiellonian University, Poland

‘Nursing Stories from the First World War: A Conversation with Dr Diane Atkinson’, Edinburgh

Date: 18.00 – 19.15, Friday 9th November 2018

Location: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22−26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

Nursing Stories from the First World War: A Conversation with Dr Diane Atkinson

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Young Academy of Scotland warmly invite you to Nursing stories from the First World War: A conversation with Dr Diane Atkinson.

Author Dr Diane Atkinson will share excerpts from and answer questions about her book ‘Elsie and Mairi Go To War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front.’ Dr Alison O’Donnell, nursing historian and member of the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society, will chair the conversation. The event will be accompanied by a small public exhibit to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war (open 5th – 16th November 2018).

‘Elsie and Mairi Go To War’ charts the journey of a young Scottish woman, Mairi Chisholm, and her English friend, Elsie Knocker, who volunteered to work as nurses on the front lines of the war in Belgium. Known as the ‘Madonnas of Pervyse’ they treated thousands of wounded soldiers over four years and were awarded numerous medals for bravery. A statue commemorating the courage and commitment of these two British nurses now stands in Ypres, Belgium.

Open to all and free to attend − registration required.

For further information or to book, please visit the RSE website or contact the RSE Events Team at or on 0131 240 2780.

CFP: ‘Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism’, Edinburgh

Date: 31st May 2019

Location: University of Edinburgh

Deadline for Proposals: 8th February 2019

Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism: Interdisciplinary Symposium

Keynote speaker: Dr Samiksha Sehrawat (Newcastle)

Twitter: @AEconference

2018 has begun as a period of renewed public and academic debate over the history and legacies of colonialism. Among their many faults, detached inquiries regarding the supposed benefits of colonial endeavours, however, miss the significance of everyday experiences of empire as expressed in a range of historical, literary, and visual evidence.

‘Ailing Empires’ is a one-day symposium that seeks to explore the extent to which narratives of health, medicine and science are inextricably bound with experiences of empire and colonialism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. Through focus on a range of colonial contexts, textualities and sources, this symposium hopes to address questions such as: How did different colonial empires instrumentalise medicine and science? What role did healthcare and/or science play within the respective colonial project? Is ‘medical imperialism’ a useful term across different colonial contexts? In what way(s) did exchanges between Western and non-Western medical knowledge function as contact zones? How can scholarship engage with legacies of colonial medicine in the postcolonial age?

In order to explore these questions, we invite papers and presentations from a variety of disciplinary and comparative perspectives from across the humanities, and particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate and early-career researchers.

The following is an indicative, but by no means exhaustive, selection of the kinds of issues we would like to address:

  • Medical imperialism
  • Postcolonial legacies
  • Control and resistance
  • Medical encounters and knowledge exchange
  • Medicine and ecology
  • Mental health
  • The doctor-patient encounter
  • Missionaries and nurses
  • Sex and gender
  • Class and access/restriction
  • Infrastructures
  • Literary and visual representations
  • Medicine and travel writing
  • Authority and authorship
  • Drugs and healing practices
  • Hygiene, disease, and public health
  • Health reform and policies

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words detailing your topic, along with a brief bio, to by 8th February 2019. We invite the ‘traditional’ 20-minute paper, as well as alternative formats of presentation.


CFP, edited collection: ‘Health Care in Children’s Literature’

Edited Collection Call for Papers: Health Care in Children’s Literature

Editors: Naomi Lesley, Sarah Hardstaff, and Abbye E. Meyer

Deadline for abstracts: 30th January 2019

Recently, issues of health insurance access and cost have been a dominant political issue in the United States. However, questions about health care (beyond insurance) have surfaced in children’s literature from many nations, for many decades. This edited collection will consider how children’s literature and media can enrich our understanding about health care from many perspectives, through consideration of international comparisons; historical change; disparities based on gender, race, disability, class, and age; and attention to informal as well as formal systems of care.

Essays for this volume might address a variety of topics. The following is a partial list of pertinent topics, but proposals are welcomed on other issues of health care not mentioned below:

  • How children’s literature addresses (or does not address) the cost of care
  • Barriers to health care in children’s books, including barriers based on race, sexuality, class, gender, or disability
  • Differences in care based on visible vs. invisible disabilities
  • Questions of who gets sick and who stays healthy in literature
  • Health care broadly defined as access to food, shelter, and security, as well as care for acute sickness, chronic illness, mental health, and disability
  • How issues of health access are addressed in books pre-WWII (before health insurance in many nations), as well as in historical fiction written since
  • How children’s literature portrays children growing into caring professions (aspiring to be nurses, doctors, etc)
  • Child characters as caretakers and healers for family and community members

Scholars interested in contributing to this volume should submit a 300-500 word proposal by 30th January 2019. Please email proposals, and any questions, to Naomi Lesley (, Sarah Hardstaff (, or Abbye Meyer (

CFP: ‘(No)Bodies on the Irish Stage: “Deviant” Physicalities’, NUI Galway

Date: 12th – 13th April 2019

Location: O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, National University of Ireland, Galway

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 14th December 2018


  • Dr Emilie Pine, Associate Professor in Modern Drama, University College Dublin
  • Dr Bernadette Sweeney, Associate Professor of Theatre, University of Montana

‘(No)Bodies on the Irish Stage: “Deviant” Physicalities’ is a two-day symposium that will bring together academics, theatre practitioners and artists to discuss physicality in performance, particularly investigating covert and concealed corporealities in twentieth century and contemporary Irish drama and practice. The title of the symposium queries the “ableist” ideology that categorises bodies as normal or abnormal and suggests a re-appropriation of the term “deviance” as a celebration of physical diversity. The symposium seeks to challenge the conformity of the bodies that we see on the Irish stage which tend not to “deviate” from a normative cultural script. Thus, these bodies can be read as both mimetic and diegetic sites of endemic societal power imbalances which do not reflect the diversity of Ireland’s demographical zeitgeist.  

From the ancient practice of physiognomy, to contemporary debates on plastic surgery and theories of bodily memory, there is an enduring artistic fascination with corporeal semiotics. The physically disabled, impaired or “deviant” body has been central to this. Despite the prolific use of disability as a literary tool in Irish drama, there are few examples in Ireland, and indeed internationally, of theatres sourcing actors with disabilities to play these roles, or of ability-blind casting practices. In the 2011 Census, 595,355 people in Ireland identified as having a disability, equivalent to 13% of the country’s population. At least 1 in 10 adults between 15 and 64 years have a disability whilst 38% of adults over 65 years recorded having a disability.  Yet this has not been reflected on the Irish stage. Instead, the conventions of “cripping up”, or “cripdrag”, industry terms describing the practice of an able-bodied actor playing a disabled character, are customary. By “cripping up,” an actor demonstrates his/her performative virtuosity, rather than committing to accurate representations of reality. The result is the potential degradation of the disabled body, a stylized performance evoking vaudevillian conventions; performance thus engenders belief in stereotype. This has serious implications regarding preconceptions about normalcy and corporeal perfection; the implication is that disability is performative and that physical impairment is not inherent but “deviant.”

In her seminal book on Performing the Body in Irish Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Bernadette Sweeney suggests that “[t]he body is […] responding to and existing within a culturally specific set of parameters which are subject to change” and “economic and political circumstances, education, gender and sexuality—these and other considerations shape our projections of and on the body within Irish culture and beyond.” In considering how power imbalances and ableist ideologies are corporealised in Irish theatre, it is vital to discuss the representation of race and ethnicity. According to the 2016 census, the population of the State grew at 0.8 per cent per annum while those with Irish ethnicity increased by just 0.2 per cent. The fastest growing ethnic group since 2011 was “other including mixed background”, with an annualised growth of 14.7 per cent.[1]  The 2016 Census indicates that the 535,475 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland originate from 200 different nations. Overall, there are 12 nationalities with more than 10,000 residents living here in Ireland from America, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Latvia, Romania, and Spain, in addition to Poland, Lithuania and the UK.[2] This conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to access and evaluate how cultural/ethnical diversity and interculturalism is being reflected on the Irish stage, particularly examining bodies which have been denied representation.

There is an increased focus on corporeality in contemporary Ireland and it seems all the more pertinent to discuss bodily representation in Irish culture. The momentum of the Repeal the 8th Movement generated debates on bodily legitimacy and ownership whilst the booming health, beauty and fitness industries promote conflicting ideals of corporeal perfection as the physical ideal—unattainable beauty standards still glamorise skeletal physiques whilst fitness industries are championing the fit, intact and unblemished body as emulative models. How have Irish playwrights and theatre makers responded to this cult of beauty and youth? Moreover, how has this affected casting practices? The “Waking the Feminists” campaign demonstrates a demand in Irish society for an increased visibility of the marginalised on the Irish stage, with calls for inclusiveness and greater representation of female writers and theatre-makers, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, “deviant” or non-conformist physicalities, and minority ethnic groups.

Relating to twentieth century and contemporary Irish theatre and practice, proposals for papers and practice-based presentations may wish to consider the drama, theatre and performance of:

  • Gendered and non-gendered bodies
  • Disability and performance
  • Race and ethnicity
  • The male gaze
  • Nudity in performance
  • Idealised physical standards for actors and physical transformations required for roles
  • The body and illness/trauma
  • The body in performance art
  • Bodily memory, prosthesis, phenomenology, and theories of the posthuman.
  • The hidden/fragmented body.
  • The abject or grotesque body
  • The body in pain

Please email proposals of no more than 250 words along with a short bio (100 words) to Dr Emma Creedon at by 5pm Friday 14th December 2018.

The conference is generously funded by the Irish Research Council and the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, National University Galway.



Registration Open: ‘Building alliances: Mental Health Activism and the Academy’, London

Date: 1pm-5pm, 12th October 2018

Location: Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Building alliances: Mental health activism and the academy

There is a mental health and social welfare crisis in the UK. Disability and service user-led groups are leading campaigns to raise awareness of and challenge government cuts and policy “reform”.

The question arises: how can academics in sociology, social work, psychology, psychosocial studies, and other disciplines support these ongoing activities?

The aim of this event is to facilitate building bridges between activists and academics (and people who are both).

It will open with statements from members of the user-led group Recovery in the Bin and the BSA Mental Health Study Group.

This will be followed by small group discussions on how we can strengthen campaigning alliances to improve the state of mental health care and develop theory to support our actions.

The event will conclude with summaries and plans for what to do next.

Please come along if you want to get involved in planning how to campaign for better mental health and social care in the UK.

This event marks the relaunch of the BSA Sociology of Mental Health study group.

PhD Studentship: ‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’, Northumbria

Title: ‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’ (Ref: EXT19/HUM/LAWLOR)

Location: University of Northumbria

Deadline for Applicants: 15th November 2018

‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’ (Ref:EXT19/HUM/LAWLOR)

This studentship is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of the three-year Major Project, ‘Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality, ca. 1660-1832’. The project itself deals broadly with writing by and about doctors and other health practitioners, including midwives, apothecaries, quacks, cunning-women and so on. The project team consists of Professor Clark Lawlor, Professor Emeritus Allan Ingram, Dr Leigh Wetherall-Dickson and Dr Helen Williams, as well as a post-doctoral Research Assistant working on an anthology of female medical writings. The postgraduate student will be assisted in narrowing the broad title provided here, and will have considerable scope to focus on their interests within the topic provided.

We will provide full details of the entire project’s scope to interested applicants, but, in short, the PhD thesis is intended to examine some aspects of the little-studied phenomenon of writing doctors and its wide social effects, whether it be representations of medical practitioners in literature and art, or creative works written by medical people. We expect that, within the broad title of ’medical creativity’, the student will begin with a survey of works by ’writing doctors’ in the period, and to identify a broader base of health practitioners’ writings. Part of this task of identifying and analysing medical writings will be to tease out issues of genre: clearly some of these works will be literary in the most obvious sense, but others will manifest creativity in more subtle ways, such as the medical case study.

The student will narrow the thesis to concentrate on specific works, both literary and medical (however defined) to be identified by the student, and will discuss matters such as generic expectations, literary style, and the relationship of style to content. The status of the author regarding gender, religion, nationality and so on will be a significant aspect of the thesis as well.

The student will benefit from the many opportunities afforded by this major project and the wider team of period experts at Northumbria, including funding for archival and other research, academic and public speaking, and publishing under its auspices. We will be happy to support collaboration with external arts and cultural organisations if that is of interest to the candidate.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2018
Start Date: 7 January 2019

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes
The studentship is available to all Home and EU students with a full stipend, paid for 3 years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19 this is £14,777 pa) and includes full Home/EU fees


Clark Lawlor and Akihito Suzuki (eds), Sciences of Body and Mind, Vol. 2 of Literature and
Science 1660-1834 [anthology], Gen. Ed. Judith Hawley, 8 vols (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003).

Clark Lawlor, From Melancholia to Prozac: a History of Depression (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Clark Lawlor, Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease (Basingstoke: Palgrave,

Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall-Dickson (eds), Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fashioning the Unfashionable (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Depression and Melancholy 1660-1800, ed. Leigh Wetherall-Dickson and Allan Ingram (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012), 4 vols.

Helen Williams, [with Richard Terry], eds., Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland (Toronto: Broadview, 2018)