CPF: Critical Disability Discourses

Critical Disability Discourses is a graduate student journal based out of York University that provides a platform for new and emerging scholars, community researchers, and artists who practice and present critical approaches to disability issues and experiences.

For this ninth installation of the journal, our Editorial Team is casting a wide net to gather research and artwork from a variety of disability perspectives emanating from academic study, personal experience, and community-based projects and advocacy. Full-length articles, short films, audio-based works, and photographic essays are among the diverse range of mediums that contributors may wish to explore.

To challenge established paradigms around the location of knowledge, we aim to prioritize submissions from authors and artists whose identities, stories, communities, and contexts have been excluded or insufficiently represented in dominant disability cultures.

Interested contributors are also invited to propose book and film reviews, or select from a list of suggested titles.

Submission Process and Deadline:

Please send your completed submission or review proposal to CDD Managing Editor, Natalie Spagnuolo, at cdsj@yorku.ca by November 20th 2018.

Please ensure your article follows APA style guidelines and includes both an abstract and list of keywords.

We ask that contributors submitting visual or audio work provide captions, transcripts, and any other content that will help ensure your work can be accessed by our readership.

Authors are responsible for familiarizing themselves with CDD’s submission guidelines, which can be accessed online at


Any inquiries can be sent to cdsj@yorku.ca.

‘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 events@therse.org.uk or on 0131 240 2780.

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 (nlesley@hcc.edu), Sarah Hardstaff (sflh2@cam.ac.uk), or Abbye Meyer (abbyemeyer@gmail.com).

CFP: Special Issue on Disability and the History of Education (History of Education Quarterly)

“Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it,” Douglas Baynton has written, “but conspicuously absent in the histories that we write.” This special issue of History of Education Quarterlyon Disability and the History of Education will render disability history more noticeably present in the field of educational history, building on and expanding beyond existing scholarship on the topic. The editors plan to publish 4-5 scholarly articles with an introductory historiographical essay by the two editors.

We are interested in proposals from any national context, transnational proposals, and proposals from any period of history. Proposals may address disability in any of the countless places it may be found in educational history–in schools and other institutions, families, informal educational settings, art, music, and literature, and in the metaphors that help to structure culture and society.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of special education: its structures, legislation and case law, finance, teachers, curriculum and pedagogical methods, and technological aids.
  • Approaches that follow the “new disability history” and take up disability as a justification for inequality along lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, and other identities; or, as a common metaphor for incapacity, incompetence, or brokenness in education.
  • Biographical studies of people with disabilities in educational contexts: pupils, teachers and other professionals, children and adults. Disability history as a means to showcase the widest possible interpretation of disability in people’s lives, so as to portray people with disabilities in history as much more than mere diagnoses and labels but as historical actors in their own right, who encounter and make change, and who, as often as not, face barriers arising not from any physical incapacity they may have, but from the ways that societies, institutions, and individuals have historically dealt with people with disabilities
  • Scholarship that employs the history of disability in education to inform practice or policy in the present, or to intervene in contemporary debates.
  • Case studies of history of institutions or movements—disability historyin the classroom; in the formal and informal lessons in hospitals, community institutions, and higher education; in the consciousness-raising spaces of political movements.
  • Scholarship that draws on a “critical disability studies” approach in the social sciences, more traditional social histories, or other work from the range of theoretical or methodological traditions and approaches of the discipline of history.

Submissions and deadlines

Article proposal (2-3 pages), or an abstract (500-750 words) are due 1st December 2018. All  proposals or abstracts received will be workshopped with the special issue editors.

Please send proposals or abstracts to Kate Rousmaniere (Rousmak@miamiohio.edu) and Jason Ellis (j.ellis@ubc.ca)

The deadline for selecting complete papers is 15th August 2019.  Articles received by this deadline will be sent out for peer review.

The editors will select 4-5 articles from those that successfully pass peer review in January 2020 and selected authors must return their revised or edited manuscripts by 15th June 2020.

The special issue will be published as the November 2020 issue (Vol. 60, no. 4).

Submissions should follow the guidelines established by HEQ. For author guidelines refer to http://journals.sfu.ca/heq/index.php/heq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Please submit complete papers through http://journals.sfu.ca/heq/index.php/heq/index.

Please address inquiries about this call for papers to Kate Rousmaniere (Rousmak@miamiohio.edu) and Jason Ellis (j.ellis@ubc.ca). General inquiries about the journal HEQ should be addressed to heqedit@uw.edu.

CFP: ‘Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future of Mental Health Rhetoric Research’, RHM

CFP: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, 2020 Special Issue

“Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future of Mental Health Rhetoric Research”

Deadline for abstracts: 1st December 2018

In the inaugural issue of the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (RHM) J. Fred Reynolds (2018) offered a “A Short History of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (MHRR)” in which he compellingly documented the “significant body of work applying the tools and terms of rhetoric to the world of mental health” that emerged in the 1980s and continues today, if in fits and starts (p. 1). Reynolds’ history raises important questions on how the issues and challenges unique to MHRR create space for the field to set a specific agenda for its development—to make explicit the major epistemological assumptions, the key questions, and the various vantage points that will undergird the future of this important area of inquiry.

As each iteration of the DSM proliferates diagnostic categories and protocols, as various constituents comment on the status of mental health around the globe, and as mental health-related words and phrases enter solidly and uncritically into healthcare practices and popular lexicons, the importance of MHRR is undeniable. While a number of fields study issues of mental health from a humanistic perspective, rhetorical research on mental health distinguishes itself through a focus on discursive and symbolic communication, especially acts of persuasion and identification. Rhetorical approaches are not limited to textual analysis, however, and also account for factors like social conditions, identity, embodiment, power relations, location, materiality, and circulation. MHRR attends to the rhetorics of neuroscience, medicine, and psychiatry in connection with their cultural warrants; places judgments of in/sanity in rhetorical-historical context; follows mental health categories and diagnoses through clinical, professional, and personal settings; considers representations of mental health in medical and professional documents as well as popular media; and connects rhetorical appeals to strategies of activism and advocacy.

In the past, rhetoricians have studied issues of mental health from a variety of (inter)disciplinary angles: technical/professional writing vantages (Reynolds, Mair, & Fischer; Berkenkotter; Holladay); critiques of the linguistic entanglements of the professionals who seek to treat mental health (McCarthy & Gerring; Berkenkotter & Ravotas); examinations of how publics encounter and make sense of mental difference (Leweicki-Wilson; Segal; Emmons; J. Johnson; Price; D. Johnson Thornton); and through studies of “patients’” discursive behaviors (Prendergast; Molloy; Uthappa). The 2020 special issue of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine will ask writers to engage this important body of research as well as scholarship in RHM more generally, but it will also ask writers to make connections between this area of emphasis and related bodies of scholarship (such as disability studies) and to productively critique, challenge and extend this work.

As MHRR moves forward, this special issue of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine seeks to present RHM’s growing readership with some thoughtful perspectives to consider, for example:

Contemporary Nomenclature

  • What are the exigencies and consequences of labeling a set of behaviors Illnesses? Disorders? Disabilities?
  • What are the dominant models for conceptualizing and treating mental health conditions, and what appeals are used to support them rhetorically? What individuals, organizations, or communities resist the dominant models and/or suggest alternative ways of addressing mental health conditions?
  • Should rhetoricians work to end unhelpful labels or to aid in the amelioration of mental illness symptoms?
  • How do neurorhetorics relate to mental health rhetoric research? Are these things synonymous? Complementary? Adversarial?
  • How do discourses surrounding mental health patients’ compliance/ adherence/ concordance with treatment plans and protocols impact quality of care?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

  • How might rhetoricians illuminate the changes that occurred in diagnostic categories and criteria between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM V? Between other versions? Between the DSM and the ICD?
  • How might a MHRR scholar bring important insight to ancillary DSM texts and diagnostic tools, such as case books, guidebooks, and protocols?
  • What might MHRR challenge the ubiquity and power of the DSM? What alternatives for diagnostic precision might MHRR and technical communicators offer?

Clinical Practice

  • What can MHRR learn from case histories, patient records and other artifacts from clinical practice?
  • What might we learn from patient “noncompliance?”
  • How might MHRR contribute directly to bodies of knowledge (in psychology, social work, psychiatry, etc.) that inform clinical practice?
  • What exigencies drive pharmacological interventions?
  • What insights might MHRR lend to critical discussions of clinical conversations

Institutional spaces and places

  • What insights might rhetorical lenses add to the deinstitutionalization movement and to the wider publics that continue to support or critique it?
  • How might MHRR intervene in or comment usefully on the penal system’s encounters with mental difference?
  • What is the relationship between the “mental hospital” as a monolith and a real, brick-and-mortar site?

Intersectional Perspectives on Mental Health

  • How can intersectional approaches to academic research add critical depth to studies in MHRR?
  • In what ways do experiences of race, disability, gender, sexuality, class, and other marginalized identities affect the rhetoric of mental health?
  • How do such experiences and identities affect the delivery of mental health and psychiatric treatment?

Disability and MHRR

  • How might theories and scholarship from disability studies inflect MHRR, including studies of normativity, disabled embodiment, disability policy, social stigma, and disability justice?
  • What are the intersections between mental health rhetorics and disability rhetorics?
  • What can rhetoricians add to the neurodiversity movement? What are the limits of neuroatypicalities?
  • Where can rhetorical theory help illuminate and analyze the lived experiences of people with mental and psychiatric disabilities?

Mental Health in Public(s)

  • What models of public rhetoric and public health might be usefully employed to investigate the rhetoric of mental health?
  • How does medical rhetoric about mental health figure into debates on public policy related to education, social welfare, employment, and the criminal justice system?
  • Where can MHRR make connections between discourses of mental health and its representations in popular media such as fiction, television, film, and social media?
  • How can MHRR illuminate the processes through which people are interpellated into self-diagnoses in non-clinical forums and media?

These themes are meant to be generative rather than exhaustive. Please do propose essays and hybrid pieces that extend, challenge or otherwise engage with this call in unexpected ways. The editors and guest editors look forward to reading proposals for traditional academic articles, but are also eager to hear your ideas for other RHM genres—persuasion briefs, dialogues, commentaries, and review essays.  If you are new to this topic or work in a field outside rhetoric, we encourage you to consider reading Fred Reynolds’ 2018 article on MHRR mentioned above and reviewing some of the research listed in the bibliography below.

This special issue will be co-edited by Cathryn Molloy & Drew Holladay in consultation with the RHM co-editors. Special issue proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the journal’s editorial board, and manuscripts will undergo the same rigorous peer review process as regular submissions.

Cathryn & Drew are very willing to answer email queries: molloycs@jmu.edu and holladay@umbc.edu.

Please email 500-1000 word proposals (excluding citations) to rhm.journal.editors@gmail.com by 10th December 2018.

Completed manuscripts for accepted proposals will be due 25th March 2018.

CFP: ‘Representations of Deafness in Literature and Culture’, JLCDS

Call for Papers, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Special issue: Representations of deafness in literature and culture

Guest editors: Christopher Krentz and Rebecca Sanchez

Abstract deadline: 15th July 2019

What does deafness mean in societies commonly centered on speech and hearing?  Throughout human history, deaf people have been a small but significant presence on the social margins.  How have deaf people been depicted, and how have they depicted themselves?  How have sign languages figured in the equation?  What happens when deafness is used as a trope in a literary work even if no physically deaf people are present?  What is the relationship between representations and deaf people’s material status in a society?  If, as Tobin Siebers argues, “different bodies require and create new modes of representation,” then what forms and processes of representation emerge in deaf contexts?  For this special issue of JLCDS we seek articles that explore the ways deafness and deaf people have been represented in literature, film, or other media and how these presentations might expand our understandings of representation itself.

Contributors might investigate what these stories reveal (or don’t) about deaf experience and what they index about questions of communication, normality, and minority cultures. Since the 1990s, scholars such as Lennard J. Davis, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Dirksen Bauman, Jennifer Esmail, Jennifer Nelson, Kristen Harmon, Edna Sayers, and John Lee Clark have shown what a fruitful area of inquiry this can be.  How might we extend or revise their findings?

Other possible topics:

  • Representations that have been largely hidden/overlooked but have great value. What and whose stories are not being represented and what does it mean to read for these absences?
  • Medieval, Renaissance, or other historical representations, and how the representation relates to its historical moment and to today.
  • International deaf identities.
  • Deaf of color stories, deaf gender stories, deaf trans stories, deaf immigrant stories, deaf queer stories, deaf disability stories, deaf stories of class: To what extent is deafness represented/presented/storied (or not) as intersectional?
  • Considerations of what changes when deaf people write for themselves or portray deaf characters in films or on the stage.
  • The ethics and politics around hiring #deaftalent.
  • The tradition of hearing actors portraying deaf characters.
  • The significance of language in representation. What does it mean to be (always? only?) represented in a language (and/or linguistic modality) that is not one’s own?
  • The relationship between representation and (intended) audience.
  • Considerations of which stories about deafness are covered by contemporary mainstream media outlets and what effects this has on the lives of deaf people.
  • The relationship between genre and meaning.  How is poetry different from prose?  Fiction from nonfiction?  What is the relationship between genre and representation?
  • Which stories about deafness have been retold multiple times? What investments does that suggest?
  • The accessibility of contemporary media featuring stories of/by/about deaf people to deaf and other disabled audiences.


15th July 2019: submission of a 500-word proposal for articles or a 150-word proposal for reviews and a one-page curriculum vitae to the guest editors at ck9m@virginia.edu and rsanchez@fordham.edu.

August 2019: prospective authors notified of proposal status.

February 2020: Full versions of selected papers due to editors.

May 2020: Finalists selected.  Decisions and revisions on submissions sent to authors.

August 2020: Final, revised papers due.

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 DisabilitySanctity@gmail.com by Monday 1st October 2018.

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 http://www.exeterpress.co.uk/for-authors)

CFP: ‘Dementia, Violence, and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Comics’, workshop and publication, Berlin

Location: Workshop at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Date: 13th – 15th September 2018

Deadline: 13th May 2018

CfP for an edited volume or peer-reviewed special journal issue, preceded by a workshop at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Sept. 13-15, 2018).

In public discourse and the day-to-day provision of health care, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are predominantly regarded as illnesses afflicting individuals. Although diseases of memory can have great impact on relatives, caregivers, and communities, stories of dementia are not necessarily understood as entailing any wider political meaning and it seems common sense not to hold dementia patients accountable for their affliction. At the same time, however (in Western societies at least), memory loss is not always viewed purely as a contingent, ‘neutral’ neurobiological process but can tie into political debates, especially in the context of WW II and the Holocaust but also other experiences of racial/ political violence and trauma, e.g. in the context of colonialism, slavery, genocide, and forced migration in or across Europe, the Americas, and beyond.

In perpetrator societies, dementia-induced amnesia can be interpreted to be a wilful refusal to remember (the neurobiological equivalent of repression), and sufferers might even be blamed for strategically ‘giving in’ to their disease at a specific point in time in order to avoid confrontation with their past. This happened in Germany when Walter Jens, rhetorics professor and influential post-war public intellectual, succumbed to Alzheimer’s at the very moment the media uncovered the facts that he had applied for membership to the NSDAP and published anti-Semitic essays whilst still a student of literature (see Tilman Jens’ 2009 essay Demenz: Abschied von meinem Vater).

In the case of both victims and perpetrators of traumatic injustice and violence, dementia may reveal previously buried or hidden memories (as is imagined in Elie Wiesel’s L’oublié, 1989, Irene Dische’s The Doctor Needs a Home, 1995, Nicole Krauss’ Great House, 2010, or Cécile Wajsbrot’s L’hydre de Lerne, 2011, and David Chariandy’s Soucouyant, 2007). Dementia and amnesia, in these cases, paradoxically reveal rather than conceal uncomfortable truths – in our current cultural moment, given the amount of time that has passed since WW II and the Holocaust, they may do so for the last time. In the context of forced migration, demented protagonists may return to their childhood language and re-enact (traumatic) memories, challenging their status as survivors and their successful integration into their countries of destination (see e.g. Bernlef’s 1984 novel Hersenschimmen).

Memory theorists and cultural studies scholars have raised the fact that our memory culture will change once the last eyewitnesses of 20th century catastrophes have died – communicative memory will turn into cultural memory, to put it in Jan Assmann’s terms. Should the increasing focus on protagonists with dementia in recent books and films be understood as related to this development? Is dementia in these contexts a simple plot device, is the illness depicted realistically, and/ or is it used as a metaphor to raise
larger cultural and socio-political issues? How do literary texts, films, or comics conceptualise the dynamics of remembering and forgetting and the interrelations between ‘real’, repressed, re/imagined memories, or those (un)covered by screen memories? What are the political repercussions and the larger cultural impact of these works? What kind(s) of ‘truth’ do they propose; what is at stake when dementia meets history and politics?

We invite previously unpublished papers from scholars from various disciplines, such as literary, film and comics studies, history, cultural studies, at all career stages, from postgraduates to senior academics. Contributions should be written in English and focus on literary texts, films, or comics (from any cultural context). Workshop participants will receive funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The
2018 workshop may be followed by another meeting of contributing authors in 2019.

We hope that the workshop discussions in September 2018 will incite resonance in speakers’ papers to result in the production of a high-quality publication. The final articles should be about 7000 words long and will be due in spring 2019.

Workshop convenors/ volume editors:

  • Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Nina Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Sue Vice (University of Sheffield)

Please send your English-language abstract of max. 300 words by 13th May 2018 to:

The workshop is organised by the PathoGraphics research team at Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies: www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de/pathographics.

McCarthy Award for History of Medicine Research, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Awarding Body: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Deadline: 31st August 2018

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has set up an annual award for history of medicine research, specifically focused on the history of Scottish medicine. The purpose of this award is to support and develop the study of the history of medicine in Scotland. The prize for this award is £500.


This award is open to all researchers in the history of medicine, or related social and cultural history fields. Researchers can be based in the United Kingdom or overseas. Please be aware that for overseas finalists, travel expenses to the event will only be paid from their point of entry into the United Kingdom.

Application and Selection Procedure

Research must be unpublished and must have been undertaken in the last 3 years. Research which has been submitted for publication will be considered, but details should be given of when and where it has been submitted, and if it has been accepted for publication. Abstracts must be based on original research in the field.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018. Abstracts must be submitted in either PDF or Word format along with a completed application form and curriculum vitae. The abstract must not exceed 1000 words in length. The curriculum vitae must not exceed two sides of A4. Applicants, if chosen, must be willing to present their research on Friday 19 October 2018. This is a public event, to encourage engagement with the history of medicine in Scotland.

The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will publish the winning paper. The winner will also be asked to submit a guest blog post on their research for publication on the College’s heritage blog.
The award can only be awarded to an individual once.

The application form an be downloaded at https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/college/mccarthy-award-history-medicine-research.