CFP: Emerging Fields: Developing a British Cultural Disability Studies (UK) (4/25/07; 5/26/07-5/27/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Rose, Irene
contact email: 
I.E.Rose@ljmu.ac.uk

"Emerging Fields: Developing a British Cultural Disability Studies"

 

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2007

Liverpool John Moores University

 

Inaugural Conference of the

Cultural Disability Studies Research Network

 

 

Disability Studies is a broadly interdisciplinary field that encompasses the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. However, British Disability Studies has thus far included the latter two at the expense of the former. The inaugural conference of the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network seeks to explore the merits and challenges of including the humanities in the growing academic discourse surrounding disability. It aims to introduce and examine the positioning and development of the disparate fields which are currently pursuing a Cultural Disability Studies agenda and provide a much needed forum for debating future developments.

 

Papers are invited that consider questions such as:

 

* Why has British Disability Studies been reluctant to engage culturally?
* What are the merits and challenges of including the humanities in the growing academic discourse surrounding disability?
* How are existing disciplines engaging with 'disability'?
* How helpful is the social model as a rhetorical strategy?
* What lessons can we learn from US scholars in this area?
* What are the merits and challenges of including disability in the humanities' curriculum?
* What is the future of a British Cultural Disability Studies?

 

We encourage scholarship on the intersections possible with (and within) the topic of disability, areas of disability activism and the academic arena of Disability Studies:

 

* disability and medical/scientific discourse;
* the history of race and disability;
* disability and queerness;
* law and disability rights;
* disability and class;
* literary theory and disability
* post-colonialism and disability;
* feminism and disability;
* media practice and disability;
* art history and disability;
* disability culture and disability studies;
* identity politics and disability politics;

 

The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible and contributors are invited to interpret the themes broadly. Titles, abstracts for papers (250 words) or expressions of interest with a brief biography are invited for submission by Friday 27th April 2007. Papers from postgraduate students are especially welcome.

 

For further details please contact:

Irene Rose I.E.Rose_at_ljmu.ac.uk <mailto:I.E.Rose_at_ljmu.ac.uk> Rebecca Mallet R.Mallett_at_shu.ac.uk <mailto:R.Mallett_at_shu.ac.uk> or Claire Molloy molloyc_at_edgehill.ac.uk <mailto:molloyc_at_edgehill.ac.uk>

c/o MCCA, Dean Walters Building, LJMU, Liverpool, L1 7BR.

 

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