Archive for the ‘Conferences’ Category

Call for papers: Bodily Differences – Social and Scientific Technologies of Self-Making

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:37 am

Call for papers: Bodily Differences – Social and Scientific Technologies of Self-Making
Another one via FRIDA:

more here

CFP: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:31 am

CFP: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’
January 20, 2009 — stremain | Edit

RGS/IBG annual conference 2009, Manchester (www.rgs.org/AC2009)
2nd Call For Papers: ‘Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing’
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CFP: Disorderly Conduct

In Call for papers, Conferences on January 22, 2009 at 3:27 am

thanks to the what sorts of people blog

CFP: Disorderly Conduct (July 24-26, 2009)
January 18, 2009 — stremain | Edit

Interdisciplinary Conference
July 24-26, 2009
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Keynote speaker: Dr. Steven Angelides, Department of Women’s Studies, Monash University

Other featured speakers will be confirmed for the release of the official conference announcement to follow.

The conference, “Disorderly Conduct” will bring together scholars from around the world and from such disciplines as sociology, philosophy, health studies, history, women’s studies, and medicine to explore and problematize the notion of a “disorder”. The conference seeks to bring front-line medical and mental health personnel who treat various “disorders” together with humanities, social science and health and disability studies scholars who work (in one way or another) on theoretical questions related both to specific “disorders” and to the notion of a disorder simpliciter. In workshops and symposia, conference participants will engage questions like the following: What, if any, are the downsides of being diagnosed with a disorder? Does the concept of a disorder provide treatment advantages or disadvantages? Are there other advantanges or disadvantages that it incurs ? besides those related to the treatment itself ? for those diagnosed with a disorder? Can we reasonably expect to avoid problems of stigmatization and marginalization by turning to a medicalized language of disorder to apprehend and explain embodied difference?

Conference organizers kindly invite submissions from scholars and health (physical and mental) professionals in all disciplines. Abstracts (500 words), papers (2500 words, 20 minute papers for delivery in 30 minute time slots), symposium proposals, workshop proposals, and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered. Proposals for symposia should include the names and affiliations of all participants and their papers or abstracts. Authors submitting abstracts should be prepared to submit final versions of their papers to the conference organizers by June 30.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed; names should appear only on a cover page, and cover pages should be attached in a separate file. Authors’ names or other identifying information should be removed from the properties of files before submission. Authors should indicate on their title pages if they wish to have their submissions considered for inclusion in the published proceedings of the conference . All submissions should be emailed to both Morgan Holmes at mholmes at wlu dot ca and at Shannon Dea at sjdea at uwaterloo dot ca by midnight February 27, 2009. Authors should expect to know the decision of the program committee by around March 1, 2009.

Authors might consider submitting a proposal concerning one of the following (but should not feel confined by what is merely intended as a suggestive list):

*What relationship (if any) holds between the concepts, diagnosis and treatment of gender identity disorder and disorders of sexual development?
* What lessons should the editors of the inchoate DSM V take from the DSM IV?
* Is old age treated as a disorder? Should it be?
* What role does “big pharma” play in the identification of various disorders?
* Does our current notion of a disorder adequately reflect our understanding of the social determinants of health? *How can we use the concept of “disorderly conduct” to subvert the use of labelling practices and normative medicine?

Conference organizers are currently seeking federal funding to support this conference. Contingent upon their success, they may be able to financially assist speakers with their travel and accommodations costs.

For more information on “Disorderly Conduct,” see the conference website at http://arts.uwaterloo.ca/~sjdea/.
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Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

In Ableism and design, Conferences on December 8, 2008 at 1:18 am

For Our design stream

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices
Berlin, Germany
15-17 February 2009

This conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

In professional and disciplinary terms, the Conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a transdisciplinary dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering, technical communication, telecommunications,

As well as an impressive international line-up of main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Design Principles and Practices. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 25 December 2008. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website – http://www.Design-Conference.com.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Berlin in February.

Yours Sincerely,

Marianne Wagner-Simon
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

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

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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

Innovating for the health of all: Innovation in systems of research for health and health equity Havana, Cuba, 16-20 November 2009

In Ableism, Ableism and its intersection with health ethics, care and policy, Conferences on October 31, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Forum 2009
Innovating for the health of all:
Innovation in systems of research for health and health equity

Havana, Cuba, 16-20 November 2009

The Global Forum for Health Research is delighted to announce that its 2009 Forum meeting will take place in Havana at the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Cuba, from 16-20 November 2009.

As you know, Forum meetings bring together a wide range of stakeholders from around the world – policy-makers, development specialists, funders and leaders of research, representatives of civil society, NGOs, the media and the private sector – to engage in dialogue, to identify lessons learned from experience and to identify pathways to solutions.

Forum 2009 will focus on innovations in how systems of research for health are organized, managed, financed and applied. It will:

– highlight innovations that are already, or could be, contributing to strengthening systems of research for health and health equity;

– examine the results of research and innovation in key areas including, for example, equitable finance mechanisms in health systems;

– explore pivotal factors that are important in improving the organization of research and innovation systems to achieve more equitable health outcomes.

A definition of what we understand by innovation in systems of research for health and health equity is on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org.

As we begin our planning, we would like to open a call for contributions to make one of the outstanding events that the Global Forum has become known for. The deadline for submissions will be 15 January 2009 and you will be able to submit your ideas as of 1 December 2009 on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org. We welcome submissions from all sectors and all geographical locations, from young researchers as well as leaders in all fields relevant to research and innovation for health.

To receive future Forum 2009 announcements, please sign up here:


My colleagues and I look forward to your contributions. Cuba offers an exceptional setting for Forum 2009, as an attractive and vibrant location and as the focal point for national and regional examples of innovation. We hope you will be able to join us there.

Stephen A. Matlin

Executive Director