CFP: Black Disability Studies Conference

In association with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and the University of Virginia, we invite abstracts for a conference on “Black Disability Studies” to be hosted at the Carter G. Woodson Institute on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The event will be fully hybrid. Conference papers have…

Conference: Age and Health, 1500-1800

Lightfoot Room, St John’s College, Cambridge and on Zoom, June 24, 2024 – June 24, 2024 Registration is now open for the conference Age and Health, 1500-1800. The conference asks how experiences of health and ill health shaped and were governed by age stages, and how they shifted across the lifecycle. The conference is free to attend,…

“Strange Letters to the Queen”: Mental and Emotional Distress in the Elizabethan State Papers

This paper uses a collection of highly unusual letters from the Elizabethan State Papers, whose authors are described as ‘crazy’, ‘distracted’, and ‘insane’, to explore the epistolary construction and expression of mental and emotional distress in late-sixteenth-century England. It begins by reflecting briefly on the tricky methodological problems inherent in such an enterprise: the uncertain…

Visionary Technology: Exploring Eyeglasses and Impairment in the NLM’s Collections

This talk will be live-streamed globally, and archived on NLM’s YouTube Channel and NIH VideoCasting. Join Dr. Rachael Gillibrand as she explores the connections between eye impairments and the creation of eyeglasses, using the collections of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The talk will highlight items from her ‘ocular impairment’ resource collection, accessible through…

Disability in English Literature to 1800 (Livestream)

An interdisciplinary conference examining disability across medieval, early modern, and eighteenth century literature. UCSB Early Modern Center This event has in-person and virtual attendance. This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars studying a variety “body matters,” including representations of disability or ability in premodern literature, the continuum of embodiment explored by premodern authors, and the relation…

Uncommon Bodies Symposium: Premodern Disability and Race in a Global Context

The two-day Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2024, is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and Macalester College (St. Paul). The Symposium will bring to the Twin Cities a group of leading scholars of early modernity to illuminate the intersections of disability and race in the global early modern period. Organized by longtime collaborators…

CFP Deadline: “Legal bodies, embodied subjects: (re)contextualisations of physicality” Young Scholars’ Conference

“Legal bodies, embodied subjects: (re)contextualisations of physicality” Young Scholars’ Conference NEW DEADLINE: 3rd February 2024 full name/name of organization:  Anna Ronewicz, University of Szczecin contact email: legalbodiesconference@gmail.com We are interested in topics such as, but not limited to: – crimes against bodies; – historical legal approaches to the body; – social, political and legal taboos…

Seminar: “Medical writer’s quibbles about genitourinary patients in early modern England”

8th February 2024 – Dr Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire) – Registration details to follow. TITLE: ‘‘He was ashamed to let me know of it, and thought to have got cured otherwise without my knowledge’: Medical writer’s quibbles about genitourinary patients in early modern England.’ ABSTRACT: This seminar considers the extent to which disorders affecting…