Call for Review: ‘Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature’ by Rosemarie Garland Thomson

We are looking for a literary specialist to review Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Rosemarie Garland Thomson, 2016), which explores the social constructions and representations of disability in the United States. Further information about the themes under study can be found at Colombia University Press.  ‘Extraordinary Bodies’ inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing Read the full article…

Augmenting the Body: Disability, Bodily Extensions, and the Posthuman (Seminar series, University of Leeds, October-December 2016)

Augmenting the Body is an interdisciplinary medical humanities project based at the University of Leeds, exploring questions of disability, bodily extensions, care and the posthuman. Launching in Autumn 2016, the first phase of the project is a University-funded Sadler Seminar Series. The series will feature a diverse lineup of speakers from fields including medicine/healthcare, cultural/literary studies, digital Read the full article…

Disability, Arts and Health Conference (CfP, Bergen, Norway, 1-2 September 2016)

This conference aims to reflect critically on how disability is represented and theorised in contemporary society, both in an academic context and outside the academy, including by clinical practitioners, community activists, mainstream media and creative arts practitioners. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Robert McRuer (The George Washington University, US)  Sita Popat (University of Leeds, UK)  Alexa Wright Read the full article…

‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability of Modern Arabic Literature’ reviewed by Madonna Kalousian

‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability of Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar (Syracuse University Press, 2014). From Evelyn Accad’s Sexuality and War (1992) to Nawar Al-Hassan Golley’s highly condensed theoretical elaboration in Arab Women’s Lives Retold (2007), and more recently Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens (2015) to mention only very few examples, female sexuality Read the full article…

‘Pain: A Political History’ reviewed by Dr Anastasia Kucharski

‘Pain: A Political History’ by Keith Wailoo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) In Pain: A Political History Keith Wailoo surveys American social legislation since World War II in terms of its impact on people who experience pain. To organise his narrative he divides politicians and advocates in two groups: those who prefer self-sufficiency and minimal Read the full article…

Fully-Funded PhD Studentship in French and the Medical Humanities at Nottingham Trent University

PhD Studentship in French Literature/Culture (including cinema) with a focus on the Medical Humanities. Proposals investigating the following areas within this field are particularly welcome: representations of illness; disease; pain; trauma; disability; old age; mourning; care/caring/carer. A background in literary/critical theory is helpful. Specific qualifications include a 2:1 in French and an MA/MRes in French Read the full article…

‘Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life’ reviewed by Ezelle Sanford III

Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life By Cheryl Mattingly (University of California Press, 2014).   Exploring the ethics of care, Cheryl Mattingly’s Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life demonstrates that moral systems particularly in ordinary clinical settings is never universal. Mattingly demonstrates how anthropology, philosophy, Read the full article…

Disability and Disciplines (Conference, 1-2 July 2015)

Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies 1-2 July, 2015 Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University Keynote Speakers: Julie Allan (University of Birmingham, UK) Peter Beresford (Brunel University London, UK) David Mitchell (George Washington University, USA) Sharon Snyder (George Washington University, USA) When we Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature‘ (Syracuse University Press, 2014) by Durham University’s very own Dr Abir Hamdar. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Read the full article…

‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ reviewed by Dr Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi

‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ by Jerome E. Bickenbach, Franziska Felder, and Barbara Schmitz (Cambridge University Press, 2014). What constitutes the good human life?   This is one of philosophy’s oldest questions, employed towards dialogues of moral obligation, civic virtue, distribution of happiness, as well as issues of social policy and human rights. Historically, the Read the full article…