Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies (CfP, Conference, Switzerland, 26-28 Jan 2015)

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland 26-28 January, 2015 There is broad evidence indicating that the total number of persons experiencing disability has increased substantially in recent times. Emerging biotechnologies offer the possibility to affect and transform (and disrupt) many aspects of life of those Read the full article…

Disability, Prostheses & Patenting (CFP, Leeds, 18–19 September 2014)

Call for Papers Disability, Prostheses and Patenting University of Leeds, 18-19 September 2014 An international workshop supported by the AHRC Network grant: Rethinking Patent Cultures Thanks to the AHRC we have funding to support speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses both in the UK and internationally. By the end of the nineteenth century, an industry built around Read the full article…

“Disability and Blood: Blood and the Crips” (CfP, Special Issue of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies)

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Call for Papers Special Issue: “Disability and Blood: Blood and the Crips” Guest Editors: Michael Davidson (UCSD) and Sören Fröhlich (UCSD) Since the HIV/AIDS blood feuds of the 1990s, scholarship into social and cultural definitions of blood has provided much-needed insights into statistical (Tukufu Zuberi), economical (Catherine Read the full article…

Transspecies Entanglements: Animal Assistants in Narratives about the Intellectually Disabled – David Herman (Seminar, Durham, 10th December 2013)

A seminar presented by the Centre for Medical Humanities to be held at Williams Library, St Chad’s College, 5.15—7pm. After surveying work on the definition, history, possible mechanisms, and relative efficacy of Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), this presentation discusses how an expanded framework for inquiry — one that brings together ideas from Read the full article…

Centre for Culture & Disability Studies Seminar Series: The Voice of Disability (2013–2014 academic year, Liverpool)

The last Centre for Culture & Disability Studies (CCDS) seminar series ran at Liverpool Hope University over a number of years and culminated in Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies, an edited book that we are now completing for Routledge. Building on this success, we are hosting a new Read the full article…

“The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the US” (1-yr Pre/Post-doc, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, announces 1 Pre/Postdoctoral position for one year (with possible extension) Starting date: January 1, 2014 (flexible) Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the United States (Research Group Director: Dr Sabine Arnaud). Research projects Read the full article…

Disability and the American Counterculture (Special issue CfP, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies)

Special issue CFP for Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies: Disability and the American Counterculture Guest edited by Stella Bolaki and Chris Gair The American Counterculture has a complex relationship with disability. At its heart is the reinvention of the term freak that serves as an early example of empowering, though not unproblematic, appropriation Read the full article…

Mental Health and Dependency (Second Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland Symposium, Glasgow, 18 May)

The second MHRNS Symposium, themed on “Mental Health” and “Dependency” will take place on Saturday 18 May, 4 University Gardens, Glasgow. Guest speakers are: Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University), “Care and Dependency: Keywords in Disability Culture or Why Language Matters” and Dr Jonathan Andrews (Newcastle University), “Asylum patient cultures: contextualising patient contributors to Edinburgh Read the full article…

Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy? Podcasts Now Available

Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy? Podcasts now available A workshop held on Thursday March 21st, 2013 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (c4cc) 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG as Part of Royal Holloway’s Trauma, Fiction, History Series, jointly sponsored by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Humanities and Arts Research Read the full article…

Avoidance and/in the Academy: International Conference on Disability, Culture, & Education (CFP, Conference, Liverpool, 11–12 Sept 2013)

Avoidance and/in the Academy The International Conference on Disability, Culture, and Education   11th-12th September 2013 Centre for Culture and Disability Studies Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom Planned Keynotes: Sharon Snyder, Brenda Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson It has been nearly two decades since Lennard Davis, in Enforcing Normalcy (1995), remarked that when he talked about Read the full article…