Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability conference (submission 10/1/15; conference 4/9/16)

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Misericordia University Department of Fine Arts and Department of English

April 9, 2016 – Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Deadline: October 1, 2015

The Department of Fine Arts and the Department of English at Misericordia University invite submissions of paper and panel proposals (3-4 speakers) that address the theme: Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability. As part of the university's Medical and Health Humanities initiative, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars of musicology, literature, and related disciplines for a one-day symposium that investigates issues related to:

Specific representations of disability throughout music and literature, including works by disabled and non-disabled artists;
Scientific, anthropological, and vernacular images of disability and how they have influenced music and literature;
Performance in the everyday lives of disabled individuals;
Theorizing disability through the arts;
Narratives of illness and disability;
Examples of music/literature that represent and/or challenge stereotypes of disability;
Mental illness and creativity;
Accessibility;
(Ab)normalizing Literature, Music, and Thought;
Other topics related to the conference theme.

Papers that are interdisciplinary in nature are especially welcome.

Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) should include:
full name, contact information, institutional affiliation; short bio (no more than 150 words); and an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Proposals for themed sessions should include:
full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation of all participants; short bio of all participants; an abstract of no more than 700 words that summarizes the content of each contribution as well as a description of how the papers relate.

Submit completed proposals in a Word (.doc/.docx) format to: Dr. Ryan Weber rweber@misericordia.edu and Dr. Amanda Caleb acaleb@misericordia.edu.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance by November 1, 2015. Conference fee of $50 provides for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as admission to the evening concert.