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History of Medicine Days 2009 undergraduate and early postgraduate call for papers

In Conferences, History on November 17, 2008 at 11:35 pm

If there are undergraduates or early postgraduate who have suitable stuff you should apply. I can be the Preceptor if you need one.

History of Medicine Days (HMD)

The History of Medicine Days are an annual two-day Nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary in which undergraduate students from across Canada give 10-minute presentations on the history of medicine. The topic is broadly understood such as to include areas from Classic Studies, the History of Public Health, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Human Biology, Neuroscience, etc. Prizes are awarded and there are associated receptions and an awards banquet.

Each student is matched with a faculty preceptor who provides guidance for the preparation of the History of Medicine Days presentation and acts as a discussant and mentor for the student.

It is assumed and required that every student presentation provides some, even slight, original research attempt, new methodological perspective on the topic, and/or visibly critical discussion following from each presenter’s engagement with his or her topic. It is certainly possible and encouraged that 2-4 students present work on a related topic which may be included in panel form. An adequate critical discussant will then be identified by the conference organizers to comment on such related papers.

The History of Medicine Days Conference (HMDs) is held on a Friday/Saturday March 6 and Saturday, March 7

here the link

It has a keynote speaker

The Keynote Speaker, Professor Garland Allan (WUSL) will be co-sponsored by the Darwin Lecture Series, the History Department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. This exciting talk on eugenics, genetics and evolutionary medicine will be delivered on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 12:00 noon followed by an in-depth discussion. Please stay tuned for further details.

Cognitive Disability conference podcasts

In Ableism, Ableism and Cognition, Cognition, Conferences on November 13, 2008 at 1:21 am

see here

The Fifth International Somatechnics Conference: The Technologisation of Bodies and Selves

In Conferences on November 12, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Call for papers: Abstracts are invited for an international conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, on April 16th-18th 2009. Abstracts should be 300-500 words and should be forwarded to A/Prof Nikki Sullivan and Ms Jess Cadwallader at the addresses listed below. Proposals for panels and for performance pieces are welcome.

“Somatechnics” is a recently coined term used to highlight the inextricability of soma and techné, of the body (as a culturally intelligible construct) and the techniques (dispositifs and ‘hard technologies’) in and through which bodies are formed and transformed. This term, then, supplants the logic of the ‘and’, indicating that technés are not something we add to or apply to the body, but rather, are the means in and through which bodies are constituted, positioned, and lived. As such, the term reflects contemporary understandings of the body as the incarnation or materialization of historically and culturally specific discourses and practices.

Possible topics:
• Somatechnologies of the self (‘non-mainstream’ body modification, body sculpting, performance, fashion, drug use, ‘self-mutilation’, religious practice, etc)
• medical somatechnologies (cosmetic, reproductive, imaging, corrective, sex (re)assignment, implantation, enhancement, bio-techs, public health initiatives, etc)
• somatechnics of law
• somatechnologies of gender, sexuality, race, class, etc
• somatechnologies of normalcy and pathology
• somatechnics of war
• somatechnologies of the post-human (cyborgs, nanotechnology, virtuality, etc)
• soma-ethics

Deadline for abstracts: November 30th 2008

Keynote Speakers include:
Claudia Castaneda (Brandeis University)
Nichola Rumsey (University of the West of England)
Jennifer Terry (University of California, Irvine)

Further information:
The Somatechnics Conference Committee
Somatechnics Research Centre
Division of Society, Media, Culture and Philosophy
Macquarie University
North Ryde
New South Wales 2109

Email: nikki.sullivan@scmp.mq.edu.au and somatechnicsadmin@gmail.com
Phone: 61 (0)2 9850 8760

Somatechnics Research Centre Website: http://www.somatechnics.mq.edu.au

Jessica Cadwallader
Somatechnics Research Centre
Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy
Macquarie University
NSW 2109 Australia

Adapting America/America Adapted

In Ableism, Call for papers on November 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm

This anthology, which will be published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2009, seeks *to break new ground in the field of adaptation studies*, specifically, as a branch of American Studies that not only encompasses literature and visual
media, but also a wide-range of subject areas including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, political science, philosophy, sociology, the performing arts, and cultural/ethnic studies. By looking at adaptation
specifically in relation to the United States, we seek to investigate a variety of culturally and historically transformative strategies. We also seek to examine how the process of adaptation has been influenced by social,
ideological and political factors both inside and outside the United States.

While, traditionally, adaptation refers to the transformation of literary texts into different forms of media (e.g., films and television programs), the concept of adaptation can also be applied to other disciplines. Historians engage in process of negotiating or “adapting” various histories, or dialogues, when they tell the story of a nation; politicians adapt/adopt different philosophies, at different times, to suit their particular
interests; and artists and musicians adapt/adopt a broad range of cultural signifiers when creating new works, conventions, and/or trends.

The editors of *Adapting America/America Adapted* invite full-length anthology chapters that consider adaptation, broadly conceived. We particularly encourage chapters which incorporate transdisciplinary explorations of adaptation, and welcome submissions from any field of study.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Processes/purposes of adaptation
– Adaptation and its motives (e.g., intentionality)
– Adapting history for political reasons/historical reinvention
– Popular history: creation and reception
– Foreign policy and adaptation
– Audience and adaptation
– Trans or intercultural adaptation
– Cultural outcomes/products of adaptation (hybridity, creolization, metissage, mestizaje)
– Racial adaptation (“passing”)
– Musical adaptation (e.g., sampling in rap music)
– Artistic adaptation
– Cross-cultural adaptation (e.g., African elements in American
– Lingual adaptation (e.g., ebonics)
– Transformation/transmutation of ideas
– (Re)creation/simulacra
– Mimicry, authenticity, and adaptation
– Forced adaptation (e.g., colonization, imperialism)
– Americanization, assimilation, acculturation
– Indigenous adaptation
– Identity and adaptation
– The appeal/limits of adaptation
– Sex/gender adaptation (e.g., transvestitism, berdachism)
– Conscious adaptation (e.g., metafiction)
– Self-writing (e.g., transforming personal experiences into literature)
– Bodily adaptations
– Biopics
– Pastiches/parodies/satire
– Literature/film adaptation
– Video/board games and popular songs based on classic films and/or literary texts
– Architectural adaptation
– Semiotics of adaptation
– Psychological/emotional adaptation
– Pedagogical applications of adaptation

*All chapters must adhere to the MLA style and be a minimum of 5,000 words
(max. 6,000 words).* Submissions should be sent to Drs. Laurence Raw,
Tanfer Emin Tunc and Gulriz Buken via email: adaptingamerica@gmail.com

We also request a one paragraph biography from each author. Please keep the
following time line in mind when submitting a chapter:

– Final deadline for submission of chapters: *December 31, 2008*
– Notification of acceptance: *January 31, 2009*
– Due date of revised chapter: *March 15, 2009*
– Due date of final chapter: *April 1, 2009*

Call for submissions: The Body as a Site of Discrimination

In Call for papers, General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance on November 12, 2008 at 8:44 pm

This for info. Have not found the webpage or names of editors yet. It might not even be for real but its an interesting write up nevertheless

Call for submissions: The Body as a Site of Discrimination – A Multidisciplinary, Multimedia Online Journal
The Body as a Site of Discrimination will be an interactive,educational, multi-disciplinary, high quality, critical, and cuttingedge online journal. This creative project will fulfill the degreerequirements for two Master’s of Social Work students at SFSU.

This is a call for submissions to explore the following themes, but other interpretations are also encouraged.
– Disability and Ableism
– Fatphobia or Size Discrimination
– Ageism
– Racism
– Gender Discrimination
– Transphobia, non-conforming gender identities, sexual assault, sexism, and reproductive rights

Cultural and academic communities are invited to contribute for a well-rounded exploration of the theme. The significance of this projectis to examine the intersectionality between varying forms of body-basedoppressions. Crossing disciplines is necessary to understand this matrix of discrimination and will lead to inventive strategies of change and resistance. The outcome of this journal will contribute to the body of knowledge and serve as a resource for subsequent generations of social workers and other helping professionals.

Entries can explore activism and resistance around these issues, focus on social justice, and implications for social work practice and policy. Representative voices from the identified communities are encouraged to submit. Submissions can include personal narratives, research articles, performance and visual art, fiction, poetry, music, etc. Electronic copies of submissions will be considered for publication.

All submissions must be received by January 15, 2009 to bodydiscrimination@gmail.com

Please pass on this call to any interested parties and contact us if you have any questions.

Thank You

The Body as a Site of Discrimination

Bionic hand makes inventions list

In General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance on November 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm

see here

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies.

In Ableism and design, Water on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

even in the topic of water and sanitation ableism plays itself out. Inquiries in this area would for example fit in the Ableism and design stream

From what others and I can see
water and sanitation needs as they relate to disabled people are missing in this report as they do from every World Water report…. (I had a column on water where I make that point)

Tilley, E. … [et al.] (2008). Compendium of sanitation systems and technologies. Dübendorf, Switzerland, Eawag/Sandec and Geneva, Switzerland, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). 158 p : ill. Includes references and glossary.
ISBN: 978-3-906484-44-0

Download: high resolution version

Building an Integrative Analytical System for Recognizing and Eliminating in-Equities (BIAS) FREE Framework by Burke amnd Eichler

In Ableism, Ableism and its intersection with health ethics, care and policy, Ableism Ethics and Governance, Disability, General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance, Health, Law and public policy, Public policy, Publications, Reports on November 2, 2008 at 4:31 am

I thought the BIAS FREE framework by Mary Anne Burke (a member of the network) and Margit Eichler might be of interest to other members of this network. From the Global Forum webpage a description 

The BIAS FREE Framework: A practical tool for identifying and eliminating social biases in health research
By Mary Anne Burke and Margrit Eichler. 2006. 64 pages. ISBN 2-940286-43-4
This volume provides students, researchers and policy-makers with a new user-friendly rights-based tool for identifying and eliminating biases deriving from social hierarchies in their work. Cutting a swathe through the layers of tools researchers and policy-makers have had to apply in the past to avoid sexism, racism, ableism, classism, casteism, ageism and endless other ‘isms’ in their work, the authors offer their BIAS FREE Framework as an integrative approach to explore and remove the compounding layers of bias that derive from any social hierarchy. BIAS FREE stands for Building an Integrative Analytical System for Recognizing and Eliminating in-Equities. The acronym is the statement of a goal, not of an achievement. The authors lay out the theoretical underpinnings of the BIAS FREE Framework and the roots of discrimination – the logic of domination – common to all ‘isms of domination’. Understanding this basic conceptual interconnection among all systems of oppression is the key to unlocking them. The focus of the volume is the application of the BIAS FREE Framework for understanding how biases that derive from social hierarchies manifest in health research. The BIAS FREE Framework is applicable not just to research, but also to legislation, policies, programmes and practices. It is also transferable to any policy sector, not just health, and speaks to the needs of high- and low-income countries alike. It is an essential tool for getting at the roots of social inequalities and effecting real social change.