CFP: Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability

CFP:  Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability
Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Saturday, April 9, 2016
CFP 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@misericordia.edu AND Dr. Amanda Caleb: acaleb@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.