Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability

Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability

Deadline for receipt of materials is October 1, 2015.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)

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 AND Dr. Amanda Caleb .

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.