G. Thomas Couser – ‘Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy’ (Seminar, Liverpool Hope, 12 March 2014)

Date: Wednesday 12 March, 2014 Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK The persistent devaluing of the lives of disabled persons, as periodically manifested in news accounts of abuse and neglect, underscores the value of disability life writing. Outside the clinic, disability memoirs have become surprisingly popular; indeed, at least in the USA, Read the full article…

French Autopathography: Disability, Disease and Disorders from First-Person Perspectives (CfP, Belfast, November 2014)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Hannah Thompson (Royal Holloway, University of London) Coinciding with the rise in cases of cancer and AIDS from the 1980s onwards, the modern outbreak of patient-authored narratives of ill-health or incapacity has provided fresh perspectives to complement traditional medical literature and third-person illness narratives. Known as autopathographies, these patients’ tales give voice 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 Rage of Caliban: Missing Bodies in Modernist Aesthetics – Michael Davidson (Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities Lecture, 7 November 2013)

Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego) ‘The Rage of Caliban: Missing Bodies in Modernist Aesthetics’ Thursday 7 November, 5-6pm Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities Basement, School of English, Cavendish Road, University of Leeds. Abstract: Classical aesthetics depends on an ideal of autonomy that removes the body from judgments of taste in the interests of Read the full article…

The Mutilated Body: Durham University Medieval & Early Modern Student Association Conference (Register now, Durham, 8–9 July 2013)

The Mutilated Body Medieval and Early Modern Student Association Postgraduate Conference 8-9 July 2013 at St John’s College, Durham University MEMSA is proud to announce its seventh annual postgraduate conference, an event designed to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers in interdisciplinary dialogue. This year’s topic is the Mutilated Body, where delegates will explore 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…

Children’s relationships, embodied social capital & disability: connecting scales of inclusion & exclusion (Conference, Loughborough, 8 July 2013)

Children’s relationships, embodied social capital and disability: connecting scales of inclusion and exclusion Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK. 10.00am – 5.00pm, 8th July 2013 Keynote speaker:  Professor Gill Valentine Panel members include: Professor Deborah Youdell, Professor Janice McLaughlin This one day conference is an end of project event. The project has explored how children’s social 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…

The Mutilated Body: Durham University Medieval & Early Modern Student Association (CFP, Conference, Durham, 8–9 July 2013)

The Mutilated Body Durham University’s annual MEMSA conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduates and early career researchers to present and discuss their research. This year, the conference theme will focus on aspects of destruction, disability, and personhood in the medieval and early modern periods. Paper proposals may reflect the current trends in medical humanities and hagiography, but Read the full article…

Ageing & disability: “Writing in” Gender & Sexuality (Workshop, Lancaster, 25 April 2013)

Lancaster University, Conference Centre Opportunities, challenges & tensions: linking the ageing and disability rights agendas Ageing and disability: ’writing in’ gender and sexuality Thursday 25th April 2013 The importance of gender and sexuality amongst older and disabled people is often overlooked by policy-makers and practitioners.  This seminar will explore points of interconnection and difference. Keynote Read the full article…