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7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

5, 6 and 7 February 2015 Leuven, Belgium

The idea of the Deaf Academics conferences arose from the Amsterdam Manifesto created by some 35 individuals outside of the TISLR conference on July 26, 2000.

The aim of the Deaf Academics conferences is for Deaf academics and researchers:

to present and share our research findings;

gain a better understanding of the issues that we face in the academic environment;

feel empowered to carry on with our work;

maintain a (support) network.

The Deaf Academics conferences are held in International Sign only to provide direct access to academic discourse instead of through sign language interpreters. 

In 2015, the conference theme will be “Deaf Ethnographies and Politics”.

In Leuven we will  organize:

lectures linked to the conference theme;

workshops focusing on specific issues linked to Deaf academics’ practices, experiences and research methods;

seminars on publishing and applying for grants.

Academic, Deaf/Hearing-Impaired Person, Educator, Social Scientist
9th Deaf History International Conference
United Kingdom

9th Deaf History International Conference

July 14-18, 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The 9th Deaf History International Conference will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July 2015.


The Conference theme is Deaf Sporting Heritage.  Over the years, deaf people cherished through sports from grass-roots to elite levels.  The Conference gives everyone the opportunity to have an insight of how important and influential sports have been for deaf people.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
New Measures of Age and Ageing

New Measures of Age and Ageing

International Conference

Vienna, Austria, 3-5 Dec 2014

In Europe and other developed regions of the world, life expectancy has increased significantly in recent decades and continues to increase. As people live longer, they also stay healthier for longer. But most studies of population ageing focus on only one characteristic of people: their chronological age. The implicit assumption is that other characteristics relevant to population ageing do not change over time and place. But clearly, they do. 65-year-olds today generally have higher remaining life expectancies and are healthier than their counterparts in previous generations—which is reflected, in many countries, in rising ages of eligibility for public pensions. Many important characteristics of people vary with age, but age-specific characteristics also vary over time and differ from place to place. Focusing on only one aspect of the changes entailed in population ageing but not on all the others provides a limited picture of the process, one that is often not appropriate for either scientific study or policy analysis.

The conference will be devoted to new ways of measuring ageing that more accurately represent the real world. These new metrics for population ageing will include factors such as life expectancy, health, disability, cognition and the ability to work—measures that explain how people live and what they need, not just the number of years they have lived. The economic implications of these new measures of age will be also discussed.

Topics of interest include the following:

Life-table-based measures

Measures based on subjective life expectancy and survival probabilities

Measures based on self-reported physical conditions

Measures based on biomarkers

Measures based on cognitive functioning

Economic implications of the new measures

Country case studies

The conference will be co-ordinated by Sergei Scherbov and Warren Sanderson. After scientific review, selected conference contributions will be published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2016. The Yearbook is widely circulated in hard copy and freely available on the web ( This rather young journal already has a high impact factor.

Academic, Biostatistician, Geriatrician, Gerontologist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
French Autopathography: Disability, Disease and Disorders From First-Person Perspectives
United Kingdom

French Autopathography: Disability, Disease and Disorders From First-Person Perspectives

21-22 November 2014 Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Coinciding with the rise in cases of cancer and AIDS from the 1980s onwards, the modern outbreak of patient-authored narratives of ill-health or incapacity has provided fresh perspectives to complement traditional medical literature and third-person illness narratives. Known as autopathographies, these patients’ tales give voice to the embodied experience of illness, suffering, disease and, following Thomas Couser’s definition, disability too. Acknowledging that the French tradition of autopathography can be traced back as far as Montaigne, this conference explores a rich but often-neglected corpus of first-person accounts across time-frames and disciplines in an effort to understand more fully what the sociologist Arthur Frank has called people’s need to ‘tell their stories’, be they of the plague, smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis, leukaemia, cardiac disease, cancer, AIDS, motor neurone disease, eating disorders, stress disorders, or forms of disability (physical, cognitive, sensory, etc.), to name but a few. In this way, it interprets the term autopathography in its broadest sense, and embraces not only literature and creative writing, but also first-person documentary, visual, digital (eg. blogs) and other artistic and creative forms such as performance, dance, montage, sculpture, self-portraits or photography.

Areas to be discussed may include, but are not limited to:

The structural and ideological issues that characterise French/francophone autopathographies

The subject as ‘narrative wreck’ [Frank]

Personal perspectives on French/francophone healthcare institutions and treatment processes

The ways in which the French language communicates pain, following Elaine Scarry’s remark that ‘physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it’

The use of metaphor in self-authored accounts of illness or disability

French/francophone literature and/or art’s ‘restorative’ function [Deleuze]

Autopathography as genre? A challenge to the tenets of autobiographical writing? A new ‘pact’?

The relationship between autopathography and trauma narrative/testimony

Interfaces between autopathography and science/medicine in France/the French-speaking world

The impact of gender and/or class on illness formulations, attitudes to therapies etc.

North American Victorian Studies Association Conference 2014

North American Victorian Studies Association Conference 2014

Conference Theme: Victorian Classes and Classifications

November 13-15, 2014 London, Ontario, Canada

Our conference theme this year is “Victorian Classes & Classifications.” Our keynote speakers will be Gillian Beer (King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Cambridge), and Tim Barringer (Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale). Other notable events include six seminar panels led by distinguished scholars on topics related to the conference theme, one of which will be co-hosted by the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and six network lunches, each organized around issues related to the professionalization of graduate students.

We will also host a roundtable discussion featuring the winner of this year’s NAVSA Book Prize. The conference will conclude with a banquet on Saturday, November 15, at which the Donald Gray Prize for the best scholarly article in Victorian Studies published in an academic journal will be presented. The banquet will be held in the Great Hall at Western University.

Victorian Britain belonged to the classifying age. Imperial expansion and new techniques of observation and production confronted Britons with an expanding universe of natural and man-made phenomena.  In response, scientists, writers, artists, and educators sought to articulate some underlying sense of order through ever more complex systems of organization, arrangement, and tabulation. Natural philosophers vastly extended and revised the taxonomies of Linnaeus. Medical professionals developed new diagnostic tools and coined a broad range of new pathologies and diseases. Criminologists gathered biometric data that allowed them to constitute and apprehend criminal types. Literary critics debated the rise of new classes of literature, from the penny dreadful and sensation fiction to the naturalist novel. Librarians set out the protocols for indexing the classes and sub-classes of literature that resulted from the vast outpouring of printed matter. Teachers began to organize their classrooms into distinct groupings of students by age and ability. But with these efforts came, too, a new concern and fascination for that which exceeded classification, the anomalous, the mutation, the hybrid, the monstrous, and class struggle emerged as a theory of history and as a basis for political organization.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist