CfP: Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability (Misericordia University)

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
  • 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:

  1. full name, contact information, institutional affiliation;
  2. Short bio (no more than 150 words); and
  3. an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Proposals for themed sessions should include:

  1. full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation of all participants;
  2. Short bio of all participants;
  3. 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- AND Dr. Amanda Caleb acaleb -at- .

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.

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