CFP – Histories of Disability and Emotions – An International Online Conference Hosted by KU Leuven and the University of Liège, Belgium, 13-15 June 2023

Histories of Disability and Emotions

An International Online Conference Hosted by KU Leuven and the University of Liège, Belgium, 13-15 June 2023


The history of disability and the history of emotions are now well-established fields of research. They have experienced relatively similar debates and methodological developments, and they have strong, if complicated, ties to the history of medicine. But despite their similarities, these two fields have only recently started to intersect. In his 2016 article “Disability History and the History of Emotions: Reflections on Eighteenth-Century Britain”, David M. Turner explored “ways in which history’s ‘emotional turn’ can shed light on disability in the past,” and suggested that we steer away from focusing on “sympathy” and “pity.” Yet, to date there is still relatively little historical research on the connections between disability and emotions.

We welcome proposals for 20-minutes presentations that analyze the emotions experienced by disabled people and/or communal emotions evoked by disabilities in different societies and cultures worldwide throughout history. We expect that the concepts of “disability” and “emotions” themselves may have different meanings than today. Proposals may address, but need not be limited to, the following broad topics: 1) Emotional lives of disabled people, including expressions of joy, pride, satisfaction, pain, shame, fear, sadness, etc.; the interaction of disability with emotional norms; the use of empathy as a social weapon; 2) Emotional reactions to disability by others (love, trust, compassion, fear, disgust, derision, etc.); 3) Analyses of the educational trajectories (formal as well as informal) leading to the constitution of particular emotions/emotional subjectivities; 4) disability and emotions in art history.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the conference organizers, Ninon Dubourg (, Sara Scalenghe (, and Pieter Verstraete ( by February 1, 2023. Accepted contributors will be notified by February 15. Drafts of papers will be due on May 15. The conference will take place entirely online. After the conference, contributors will be invited to apply to participate in a smaller hybrid workshop in Leuven and Liège in the fall of 2023 that will result in a peer-reviewed edited volume and/or special journal issue.


CFP – In Sickness and in Health: Medieval Healing and the Community. Tenth Annual Medieval Studies Colloquium, 21 April 2023, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Deadline: 10 January 2023

The Medieval Studies Colloquium is an annual event which takes place on UW–Madison’s campus each spring. The Colloquium offers an opportunity for graduate students in multiple disciplines to present their research in the various fields of medieval studies, share and receive feedback, and participate in discussion on topics of interest with peers from a wider, interdisciplinary community of Medieval Studies scholars, without the restrictions of membership or registration fees.

Please join the Graduate Association of Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the Tenth Annual Medieval Studies Colloquium: “In Sickness and in Health: Medieval Healing and the Community.”

The colloquium will take place Friday, April 21st, 2023, in-person at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a keynote address by Dr. Erin Sweany (English, Western Michigan University).

The Tenth Annual GAMS Colloquium is sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies, Department of Art History, Department of History, Department of English, Department of French & Italian, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic +. For accessibility accommodations, please contact:

The Graduate Association of Medieval Studies at UW–Madison invites abstracts from graduate and undergraduate students on topics relating to sickness, health, and community (broadly defined). Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to by January 10th, 2023.

For further information visit the conference website.

CfP: The Medieval Church: From Margins to Centre (26-27 June, University of York)

The convenors of the Ideology, Society and Medieval Religion seminar series are organising a conference for next June, sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies and Department of History. The Medieval Church: From Margins to Centre, will take place online and at the University of York from 26-27 June 2023.
This conference aims to consider the relationship between the Church and the marginalised in medieval society – minority genders and sexualities, racial minorities, disabled people, non-Christians, and the poor. How did the Church respond to, oppress, or offer opportunities to those on the margins, and how did marginalised individuals and groups exercise agency through their interactions with the institutions and mechanisms of the Church? We are interested in both the ‘positive’ – for example, how the church supported the poor, holy models of disability and transgender experience – and the ‘negative’, such as the Church’s role in the creation and maintenance of social prejudices.
We welcome papers from researchers working across the medieval period (from c.400-1500) as well as different geographic regions (including papers on other denominations of Christianity, as well as the Church outside of Europe), and with disciplinary focuses including but not limited to History, Literary Studies, Art History and Archaeology. More information can be found on our website:…/
Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to Tim Wingard ( by no later than 5pm on Sunday 5 February 2023. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

CFP – ICMS Kalamazoo – Roundtable on Medieval Disability, Modern Ableism, org. by Alison Purnell

Roundtable Session for ICMS 2023
May 11-13

With the growth of disability as an area of interest for medievalists, it is imperative for scholars to interrogate their assumptions around ability, disability, normativity, monstrousness, and embodiment, Traditional modes of scholarly conversation are frequently inaccessible to those with somatic learning, and sensory sables. Writing about disability without engaging our implicit biases can result in ahistorical and inaccurate scholarship {that perpetuates harm within academia and in public outreach.

‘This roundtable invites conversation about ableism within medieval disability studies in an effort to increase awareness that the disabled “them” often include “us”

Topics for discussion may include any aspect of how ableism impacts medieval disability Scholarship, from the specific to the conceptual, including but not limited to:

  • addressing ableism in past scholarship
  • writing within an anti-ableism framework
  • access issues faced by students, instructors, and/or faculty
  • widening access creatively
  • scholarship that is inaccessible to the population it discusses
  • Sensitivity reading

Scholars who identify as disabled are particularly encouraged to participate and priority will be given to disabled voices, but non-disabled scholars are also welcome.

Individual speakers are requested to prepare 8-10 minute talk, which will be followed by
open discussion. This session has been awarded one of the “hybrid” session slots with the
recognition that disabled scholars may face extra barriers to participation in person, Please
indicate in Your proposal whether you expect to present in person or remotely

Please submit proposals by Sept 15, 2022 via the ICMS Confex proposal portal at

For questions or further information, contact Alison Purnell (

CFP – IMC Leeds 2023 – Disease in the Medieval Islamicate World, org. by Monica H. Green & Nahyan Fancy

The field of infectious disease studies has been transformed in the past decade because findings from palaeogenetics (aDNA) have allowed questions to move beyond “What was the disease?” to highly nuanced studies of disease transmission, mortality estimates, and zoonotic connections.

While at the moment, no pathogen aDNA has yet come from the medieval Islamicate world, scholars are rediscovering the wealth of evidence for the experience of plague and other infectious diseases throughout the medieval period. Moreover, because of its geography and central role in networks of trade, not to mention the extraordinary wealth of its medical tradition | and pharmaceutical capacity, the Islamicate world is central in every respect to studies of pre-modern Global Health.

The last general survey on the Black Death in the Islamicate world was published 45 years ago. Other diseases have never received any monographic treatment at all. In the midst of our own new pandemic, it is time for new understandings to be brought together.

This panel takes a “global” approach to the history of infectious diseases, placing the experiences of the Islamicate world at the center of Afro-Eurasian networks that circulated people, products, and pathogens. It will gather scholars working on any aspect of infectious disease histories, with special focus on the First and Second Plague Pandemics.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • Newly discovered or edited texts on plague or other infectious diseases
  • Commentaries and paratexts of plague treatises, showing their continued uses
  • Networks of discourse within and beyond the Islamicate world that shared information about medicine or disease events
  • Biographical approaches that set the medical writings or practices of individuals into larger intellectual frameworks
  • Routes and roads: networks of trade that contributed to infectious disease proliferation
  • Social impacts of epidemics
  • Infectious diseases in medical historiography: why we tell the stories that we tell

Joint presentations are welcome, even encouraged, as a way to expand our comparative understanding of disease networks.

IMC 2023 is currently planning to offer hybrid options; please indicate on your abstract whether you plan to attend in person or virtually.

Please send a 250-word abstract by 15 September 2022 to:

  • Monica H. Green, or
  • Nahyan Fancy (

Questions? Need bibliographical suggestions on the latest work in the field? Feel free to write.

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