Disability, Prostheses, and Patenting in Historical Perspective (Workshop, Leeds, 18-19 September 2014)

Disability, Prostheses, and Patenting in Historical Perspective An international and interdisciplinary workshop Leeds City Museum, Leeds, UK 18-19 September 2014 As part of the AHRC Research Network “Rethinking Patenting Cultures”, colleagues are invited to attend this two-day workshop on the history of patenting cultures with particular regard to disability and prostheses. This event will see Read the full article…

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…

Painting Portraits: A Review

William Viney writes: There’s an old West Country joke of which I’ve grown fond: a Booker Prize winning novelist and a professor of clinical neurophysiology walk into a museum. There, they speak about faces, trauma, compassion, art, writing, experiment, and the First World War and, at the end, they agree they’re onto a good thing.As Read the full article…

Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept in a Box (Performance, Leeds, 5th June 2014)

Critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser, will explore the part that medical advances and the development of the medical profession have historically played in shaping our present day perceptions of disability.   The Museum will be open from 5pm, with a drinks reception for the event at 6.15pm, followed at 7pm by a Read the full article…

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…