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

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.

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:


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: ‘Subjectivity, Self-Narratives and the History of Emotions Masterclass’, Sussex

Date: 16th – 18th January 2019

Location: Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex

Deadline: 27th July 2018

Subjectivity, Self-Narratives and the History of Emotions Masterclass:
A British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Event

Where many History of Emotions studies have focused on norms and discourses, this event asks how we can explore how thoughts and feelings could be articulated, expressed and repressed through what is understood as individual subjectivities. This approach is crucial if we are to understand why people act in certain ways and thus how historical change occurs. In short, it focuses on exploring subjective experience and emotional practices: the way in which emotions are performed and produced by a historically-situated body. This British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Event comprises of a two-day masterclass, which links up Early Career Researchers with leaders in the field, and a one-day international symposium. The event will focus on knowledge sharing and network creation to build future collaborations.
Applications are invited from Early Career Researchers for approximately 15 participants for a two-day masterclass (16th – 17th January 2019) led by leaders in the field of the History of Emotions and historical subjectivities. There will be four workshop sessions over the first two days, each led by a mentor, including:

  • Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
  • Thomas Dixon (QMUL)
  • Claire Langhamer (Sussex)
  • Penny Summerfield (Manchester)

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for participants to closely engage with experts in the field, and to work in a methodologically rigorous way with different approaches to emotions and subjectivities. At the core of the masterclass will be a focus on close engagement with participants’ work and discussion of creative methodologies, as well as a development of cross-period perspectives (from early modern to modern).

The masterclass will then be followed by a one-day international symposium on 18th January 2019, which will promote engagement on an international scale and include keynote speakers such as William Reddy, Ute Frevert, Tim Hitchcock as well as keynotes from the masterclass convenors, Lyndal Roper, Thomas Dixon, Claire Langhamer and Penny Summerfield, and which masterclass participants will be expected to attend.

Participants will be asked to bring a primary source in which emotions and/or subjectivities can be explored to the masterclass, and to pre-circulate amongst other participants and mentors a short piece of writing outlining their research project(s) and the methodological questions and approaches that they are engaged with relating to emotions and subjectivities (approx. 1000 words). This will allow for ideas and approaches to be shared and productively discussed. A reader with relevant texts for each session will be circulated in the months prior to the masterclass. Through these sessions, we aim to cultivate a network on emotions and subjectivities and enable participants and mentors continue to work with each other after the event.


Applicants are requested to submit a CV, short bio (200 words max), and explanation of motivation (500 words max). In the explanation of motivation please indicate the relevance of your research to the themes of the event, outline what questions you would like to work through in the masterclass and how your research might benefit from participating. Please also give a brief description of the possible primary source you would bring to the masterclass and its thematic relevance.
Applications should be sent to the following email address:

The deadline for completed applications is 27 July 2018. Please email Emilia the Event Co-ordinator at the email below if you have any queries regarding the event or application.

Financial Assistance

A contribution towards travel and accommodation expenses will be provided. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the two-day masterclass and one-day symposium.

Conference Organiser
Dr Laura Kounine:

Event Co-ordinator
Emilia Halton-Hernandez:

For more information, please see:

CFP: ‘Arts for Health’ archives research workshop, Manchester

Date: 10.30am – 4.30pm, Monday 6th August (other dates may be added)

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University

Deadline: 22nd July 2018

Wellcome Collection invites early career researchers to participate in a workshop exploring recently catalogued archives and materials relating to arts and health.

The archives

Centred around the archives of Arts for Health, an organisation based at Manchester Metropolitan University since 1988, these collections bring voices from artists living with health issues, arts in health organisations, art practitioners, and others with experience of the arts in health settings. A rich and exciting resource, these materials capture the changing landscape in which arts and health movements have developed in the UK. Emergent themes from the material include the value of patient voices, the influence of politics and funding, hospital designs and uses of art, the language used in arts and health, and much more. Further, these archives offer an insight into the working practices and projects of some of the UK’s key arts and health organisations from the 1980s to 1990s. You can find out more about these materials through this article, or through our catalogue by searching the reference ‘ART/’ on our archives and manuscripts search.

The workshop
Our aim is to encourage researchers to uncover the potential of these archives for current or future research projects.

This informal and engaging workshop will allow you to:

  • see and engage with the material,
  • discuss it with our archivists and each other,
  • explore questions and issues which emerge,
  • reflect upon how the material will be relevant to your research,
  • understand the practicalities of accessing and using this material in research.

We are looking for early career researchers to take part in this workshop, especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. There are no disciplinary or methodological requirements, and we welcome a diverse set of approaches and backgrounds. If this material is relevant to your work, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to participate, please email Aidan ( with:

  • details of your research interests,
  • your research background,
  • up to 300 words detailing how your research might draw upon this material.

The deadline for enquiries is Sunday 22nd July.

If you are not available on 6th August, please still register your interest to be kept updated on future workshops.

We can provide some support towards travel and accommodation; if your university cannot support your attendance, please get in touch with us.

Feel free to reach out to the above email with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Registration: ‘Curating the Medical Humanities: a one-day workshop’, London

Date: 9.30am-6pm, Thursday 13th September 2018

Location: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1E 0PD

J.P. Sennitt, St Francis and the Birds. Credit: Adamson Collection / Wellcome Trust.

Curating the Medical Humanities considers some of the key ethical, intellectual and practical challenges involved in curating medical humanities exhibitions, particularly in relation to questions of audience, accessibility, participation and public engagement.

The workshop developed out of the organisers’ experiences curating the exhibition Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways: Selected Artists from the Adamson Collection, which was shown at the Peltz Gallery in summer 2017. Curating the exhibition raised significant ethical questions about exhibiting materials produced in art therapeutic contexts, particularly in relation to issues of ownership, creative control, the naming of previously anonymous artists/makers, and the categorisation of such works as either art or medical record.

The workshop brings together academics, artists and curators who are engaged in developing and delivering exhibitions relating to experiences of health and the body. Its aim is to share knowledge of these projects and reflect on best practice across the field, through addressing a number of inter-related questions:

  • How do we conceptualise and define the ‘audience/s’ for the work being done in the medical humanities?
  • What constitutes a successful medical humanities exhibition?
  • How can exhibitions utilise notions of co-production, for example by working with constituent communities?
  • How can exhibitions inform or improve experience of health, as opposed to historicizing or critiquing them?
  • What are the reciprocal relationships between curatorial practice and the medical humanities (i.e. how might each challenge conceived ideas or practices)?
  • How useful is the term ‘medical humanities’ to those working outside the academy?

Confirmed participants include Martha Fleming (V&A Research Institute);Sophie Goggins (National Museums Scotland; Natasha McEnroe and Katy Barrett (Science Museum); Lucy Zacaria (Head of Arts, Imperial College Healthcare Trust); Sam Curtis (Bethlem Gallery); Jane Fradgley (artist (; Victoria Tischler (University of West London); Jocelyn Dodd (University of Leicester); and Katherine Ott (National Museum of American History).

This workshop has been organised by Heather Tilley and Fiona Johnstone and is supported by a Wellcome Trust / Birkbeck Conference and Symposia Support Award.

It will take place in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1E 0PD.

The provisional programme can be accessed here. Registration is via Eventbrite.

For specific dietary or access requirements, please contact the organisers: or

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

BSA Pre-Conference Postgraduate Forum: Disability Panels, Newcastle

Date: Monday 9th April 2018

Location: Northumbria University, Newcastle

British Sociological Association (BSA) Postgraduate Forum Pre-Conference Day:

‘Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community’

The British Sociological Association’s Postgraduate Forum holds an annual pre-conference day every year before the annual BSA conference at the same venue. They have put together the programme for this years events and are now accepting registration. While it is organised by sociologists, it has a cross disciplinary relevance for all post graduate qualitative social scientists (including those in disability studies) as it explores the academic contexts they will be researching and working in.

This event is centred on the theme of personal and practical problems faces during PG study and will draw from the core themes of the main BSA Annual Conference. It will focus on PG community, solidarity, equality and intersectionality.

Prof. Peter Hopkins, Newcastle

Prof. Peter Hopkins’ research draws attention to the ways in which various forms of discrimination and marginalisation shape people’s lives. He has previously served as the Academic Director of the ESRC North Doctoral Training Centre and as the Postgraduate Director for the School of Geogrephy, Politics and Sociology.

Prof. Yvette Taylor, Strathclyde

Prof. Yvette Taylor is the author of Feeling Academic int he NeoLiberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures (2018). Her research explores the areas of inequality, class, religion, gender and sexuality.

Dr Kim Allan, Leeds

Dr Kim Allen’s talk will tie together both the practical and personal challenges postgraduates face. She will focus on academic identity and community as well as discussing attending and speaking at conferences.

Postgraduate Panel Discussion

Our panellists will discuss a range of personal challenges they have faced during tehir PhDs, including disability, race and motherhood. Along with the panel, attendees are invited to reflect, and the panel will take questions from the audience.

Setting up a Student Sociology Journal: Challenges and Opportunities

The Sheffield Student Journal for Sociology will be hosting a workshop covering the very practical challenges postgraduates face in relation to writing and publishing and provide useful tips.


BSA member day rate: £20

Non-member day rate: £40

For more information on the event you can email or visit


CFP: ‘Storytelling as a Way of Bridging Cultural Divides’, York

Date: 9am-2pm, 6th June 2018

Location: Humanities Research Centre, University of York, Heslington, York

Deadline: 15th May 2018

A workshop on “Storytelling as a Way of Bridging Cultural Divides” is being organised by Christa Knellwolf King, Associate Professor of English literature at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York.

The theme of this interdisciplinary workshop is inspired by recent studies which have shown that fictional and factual narratives profoundly affect the minds of readers: they evoke empathy, stimulate reader identification, and forge relationships between readers, characters, and the cultural communities on which they are modelled. Stories are an absolutely crucial aspect of human experience, and the process of creating an active response can have many positive effects. Storytelling can be used to integrate oral memories of communities into the lived experience of the present; it can provide the basis for respectful relationships between local inhabitants and the visitors to heritage sites; and last but not least, it can provide a dialogue space in conflict zones. Here is a great opportunity for the humanities to design projects that “use” stories as a means of generating openness to otherness.

The workshop explores the many positive effects of engaging creatively with stories, told in written and oral form, and in film as well as other media. It invites its participants to create initiatives that apply the principles of experience design in order to engender understanding and respect for cultural differences, without attempting to control audience responses. A further aim of the workshop is to initiate an interdisciplinary research project between the UK and the Middle East. Contributions are invited from colleagues working in the fields of literature, film and media studies, linguistics, cultural heritage, tourism, history, translation, development studies, peace studies, and related disciplines.

Please email a proposal of 200-300 words to Christa Knellwolf King by 15th May 2018. Please also feel free to send comments and suggestions.