Department of Fine Arts & Department of English, Misericordia University:
“Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability”
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 nondisabled 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
- (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 contributor as well as a description of how the papers relate.
Submit completed proposals in a Word (.doc/.docx) format to: Dr. Ryan Weber rweber -at- misericordia.edu AND Dr. Amanda Caleb acaleb -at- 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.