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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oxford DERN Disability Symposium 2013

The 2013 Oxford Disability Equality Research Network Symposium
brings together United Kingdom and international theorists and
researchers to highlight current work on disability in society in the
areas of theory, disability law, assistive technology, and medical

Oxford DERN is a collaboration between the Oxford Disability
Service, The Disabled Students Campaign of the Oxford Student
Union, and a variety of Oxford University's academic departments.

For more info or to register visit our website:

May 7th, Okinaga Room, Wadham College | 9:45 - 3:30pm


Registration / coffee

Global Disability and Medical Charity Advertising
Clare Barker, University of Leeds

10:45am Q&A

11:00am Break

The disabled body in post-Apartheid South Africa and its Literature
Tim Wyman-McCarthy, University of Oxford

Reading Firdaus Kanga: Implicit Political Alignments and Disabled Gay
Parsi Men who Love Margaret Thatcher
Stephanie Yorke, University of Oxford

Can the Social Model of Disability be Applied to Dyslexia and Other SpLDs?
Dwight R. Kelly, Sarah Lawrence College, USA

12:15pm Lunch (Provided)

Assistive Technologies Shaping the Learning Experiences of University
Students with Literacy Difficulties
Paul Grove, University of Oxford

Learning from Students who Identify with Asperger Syndrome
Nicola Martin, LSE

Implementing the National Autism Strategy for England (DH, March 2010);
Mind the Gaps
Marie Tidball, Oxford Centre for Crimonology

03:00pm Plenary

The Wadham facility is accessible for wheelchair users, but advance notice of all other accessibility
requirements is needed including dietary needs for lunch. Please contact for more information.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New issue of Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies:
Volume 7, Issue 1

JLCDS is available from Liverpool University Press, online and in print, to institutional and individual subscribers; it is also part of the Project MUSE collection to which the links below point.  


“Usually I Love The Onion, but This Time You’ve Gone Too Far”: Disability Humour and Transgression
Tom Coogan (University of Birmingham)

The Ontology of Disability in Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered
Stephanie Hsu (Pace University, New York)

Disability Studies Reads the Romance
Ria Cheyne (Liverpool Hope University)

From “Freak Show” to “Charity Case”: The “Containment” of Deafness in Wilkie Collins’s Hide and Seek
Hannah Anglin-Jaffe (University of Exeter)

Regulating Affect and Reproducing Norms: Alice Munro’s “Child’s Play”
Dilia Narduzzi (Independent Scholar)

The Speed of Dark and This Alien Shore: Representations of Cognitive Difference
Katrina Arndt, and Maia Van Beuren (St John Fisher College, Rochester, New York)

From the Field
Conference Report: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane—3rd International Annual Conference, University of Chester
Cassie Ogden (University of Chester)

Book Reviews

Disability and Modern Fiction: Faulkner, Morrison, Coetzee and the Nobel Prize for Literature by Alice Hall (review)
Ria Cheyne (Liverpool Hope University)

Transgressive Bodies: Representations in Film and Popular Culture by Niall Richardson (review)
Dustin Galer (University of Toronto)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor in Chief, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies
Receive regular Table of Contents alerts here:

Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies

Founder, International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars

Telephone: 0151 291 3346

Office: HCA 0100

Postal address: Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

Out Now: The Madwoman and The Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability, edited by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth J. Donaldson

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Call for Papers: Victorian Body Parts

Call for Papers: Victorian Body Parts

St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum, Clerkenwell, United Kingdom Saturday 14th September 2013

The Victorian Body Parts Conference is an interdisciplinary event for postgraduate and early career researchers, and will be held on Saturday 14th September 2013 at St Bart’s Pathology Museum, Clerkenwell.

It is supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies and the Birkbeck Centre for 19th Century Studies.

The conference is being organised by Beatrice Bazell and Emma Curry, both in their 2nd year of PhD research at Birkbeck, working on representations of body parts in Victorian culture.

Why were the Victorians so interested in atomizing the body? What was causing nineteenth-century bodies to come apart at the seams? From articulated bones to beating hearts, from wooden legs to hair bracelets, from death masks to glass eyes, the Victorian body was chattering with its own discorporation.

The results of this fragmentation are successors to the recent scholarly work on material culture in examining the atomisation of the body as a symptom of being surrounded by the commodities generated by the nineteenth century. From objects under glass domes to pieces of the body in glass cases (authentic specimens of which fill St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum), commodification and dissection have much in common.

This conference thus seeks to explore, develop and enrich perspectives on the numerous and varied ways in which the Victorians approached their anatomy, bringing together postgraduate, early career and established researchers to consider why body parts provided such an urgent and stimulating focus within the nineteenth-century cultural imagination.

Possible topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

§ Mementos of the body and the culture of mourning
§ Disability and the “substitution” of the body part
§ Dress and the exaggeration of, or emphasis on, elements of the body
§ Darwin and bodily means of expression in science
§ The“queering” of the body part
§ Measuring the body: deviation from the standards of Western patriarchy
§ Preserving the body: collecting and museum cultures

Proposals of up to 300 words should be sent to<> by Friday 31st May 2013.

Twitter: @victbodyparts

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Invitation To Dance: A Documentary Film By Simi Linton & Christian Von Tippelskirch

April 5, 2013
Dear Samuel,
We are excited to announce the launch of the website and social media campaign for our documentary, Invitation to Dance. We are in the final stages of post-production, and we are setting the campaign in motion to generate a buzz and a demand for this eye opening film.

As the filmmakers of Invitation to Dance, we are very proud of the documentary we will soon present to you. It is both a personal story and a historical narrative about Simi Linton's life as a disabled woman over the past forty years, and the dramatic growth of the disability rights movement in those decades.

Invitation to Dance is a never-before told coming-out story of disabled people emerging from the shadows, breaking through barriers, and defying stereotypes.

As we work to complete the film, we need you to help us create a robust and enthusiastic Invitation to Dance community.  Together we can bring the film to a broad public, incite conversation on the meaning of disability in 21st century America, and mobilize a call to action.

We all need to demonstrate to the public that this work is timely and necessary, and show distributors and public television stations that there is an audience for this film. 

Please visit our website, view the trailer, join the ITD community on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the Invitation to Dance Blog. We promise to engage you in exciting conversation and meaningful action.

Sign up, sign on, and shout out!!

Our best and our thanks,
Simi Linton & Christian von Tippelskirch

New article by Professor Martha Stoddard Holmes

Body Without Organs
Martha Stoddard Holmes

Her biography:

Martha Stoddard Holmes, M.A., Ph.D

Professor & Chair
Department of Literature & Writing Studies
California State University
San Marcos, California

Trained as a fiction writer (M.A.) and then as a scholar of Victorian literature and culture (Ph.D.), my primary research and teaching emphasis has been disability studies. Disability studies is the critical analysis of disability as a culturally-constructed identity category similar to race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, rather than as an essential and a historical truth about certain kinds of bodies. I explore disability as a mode of representing bodies in visual and written texts, and as a way of organizing the social world and power relations on the basis of human bodily variation. Fictions of Affliction, my book on the way Victorian literary, medical, and social work discourse conferred meaning to bodily impairment (2004), was reissued in paperback in 2009 in University of Michigan Press’s "Corporealities" series. More recent work explores cancer culture, specifically popular representations of ovarian cancer and graphic narratives (comics) about cancer. I have also coedited (with Diane P. Freedman) the collection The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Classroom (SUNY P, 2003) and special issues of Journal of Medical Humanities (with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson), Literature and Medicine (with Tod Chambers), and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (with Mark Mossman).

I have had the privilege of teaching literature and medicine electives at Dartmouth and University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Schools, under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph O’Donnell and Dr. Lawrence J. Schneiderman. At Cal State San Marcos, I engage disability studies and medical humanities/medical ethics issues with undergraduates and graduate students in a range of cultural/body studies seminars as well as in courses on British literature and children’s literature and culture.

I am an associate editor of the journals Literature and Medicine, J. Medical Humanities, J. Bioethical Inquiry, and J. Literary and Cultural Studies of Disability, and a special-interest delegate of the Modern Language Association (MLA) for disability issues.