Monday, December 29, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: Irving K. Zola Contest for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, 2009 Call for Submissions

The Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce the 2009 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. Funded through the generosity of the late Professor Zola's colleagues at Brandeis University, this annual award recognizes excellence in research and writing and that shares the values and commitment to disability studies exemplified by Irving K. Zola's life and scholarship.


(1) The Zola Award is typically given to an emerging scholar in disability studies. This will typically be someone who has completed a Ph.D. within the past seven years and who does not yet have tenure. Applications will also be accepted from scholars with other degrees or those who received their degrees earlier but only recently moved into the area of disability studies. Emerging scholars who work in non-academic settings are also welcome to apply.

(2) The research submitted must be relevant to disability studies, which we define broadly to include the examinations of concepts and values related to disability in all forms of cultural representation throughout history, as well as analyses which deepen our understanding of the personal and social dimensions of the lived experience of disability.

Award: The winner will receive:

(1) A financial award of $350;

(2) Conference registration for the SDS 2009 conference;

(3) An opportunity to present his or her work at the SDS 2009 conference;

(4) Publication in Disability Studies Quarterly;

(5) The possibility of a public presentation at Brandeis University; and

(6) A certificate.

Deadlines: All manuscripts must be submitted by February 2, 2009. The recipient of the award will be announced on or around March 30th, 2009.

Evaluation Process: All submissions will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars in disability studies. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously and all reviews will be confidential. Manuscript will be evaluated for importance and timeliness of the research; significance of contribution to the knowledge base in disability studies; description of research methodology and design, if appropriate; and overall quality of writing and clarity of style. Manuscripts and reviews will not be returned to authors.

Submission: To be considered for the competition, all manuscripts must adhere to the following criteria:

(1) Overall length must not exceed 30 pages (double spaced, 12 point font);

(2) Citations should follow the formatting appropriate for the author’s field of study;

(3) Must be written in English;

(4) Must be available in alternative formats (e.g., large print, Braille,audiotape) upon request of the Awards Committee;

(5) Must have content reflecting on a topic relevant to disability studies;

(6) Must be written by a single author who is also primarily responsible for the research described in the manuscript.

(7) Must not have been previously published. Manuscripts not currently under consideration are preferred;

(8) Manuscript must be accompanied by a current CV and the completed application form (see below this announcement).

Please send the completed application form, the manuscript, along with a CV, as attachments, in MSWord, to Ashleigh Thompson at with“Irving K. Zola Award” in the subject line.

Please note that a current CV and the completed Application Form (below) must accompany the manuscript, as separate attachments. If e-mail is not available, send one copy of the application form, a current CV, and five copies of the manuscript to the following address:

Ashleigh Thompson

Attn: Irving Zola Award

The City University of New York

101 West 31st St., 14th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Irving K. Zola Award Application

NOTE: This form/information must accompany ALL submissions. This information will not be shared with judges until after judging is complete.

Name: Mailing Address:

Phone or SMS number where you would prefer to be contacted:

E-mail address:

Title of submitted essay:

Is this manuscript currently under consideration for publication?

Are you a (circle one):·

Faculty Member


Scholar in a non-academic setting

If you are a faculty member: What is your rank and department? Is your appointment tenure track? If so, have you been tenured?

Please list your last degree and when/where it was completed.

If you are a student: For what degree are you studying, within what department? When do you expect to complete your course of study? If you work in a non-academic setting: Please describe your occupation

What is your educational background (degrees, when obtained, discipline)? For how long have you been involved in disability studies research/scholarly activity? The Zola Award is typically given to an emerging scholar in disability studies. This will typically be someone who has completed a Ph.D. within the past seven years and who does not yet have tenure. Applications will also be accepted from scholars with other degrees or those who received their degrees earlier but only recently moved into the area of disability studies. Emerging scholars who work in non-academic settings are also welcome to apply.

In light of the criteria above, please state why you are an emerging scholar. If there are extenuating circumstances you believe the selection committee should take into consideration, please describe them.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Podcast interview with Paul Longmore

The latest installment of the Making History Podcast (produced by Jana Remy) features an interview with Paul Longmore:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: DS blog of interest

Check out the latest Review of Disability Studies blog entries at .

Recent topics include "Moving Disability Studies Forward", "Normals and Crazies", and "Youth Suicide.":

Megan A. Conway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Editor, Review of Disability Studies (RDS)

Training Coordinator, OPE/IST Project

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI 96822

Office: University Annex 1, Rm 4

Tel: 808-956-6166 Fax: 808-956-7878


ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

About once a month, and appearing as an an occasional feature of H-Disability, Penny L. Richards, a PhD Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Co-editor of H-Education and H-Disability, compiles and posts a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2007-2008). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. Additional sources include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations.

She welcomes contributions offlist that are compiled into subsequent postings. Her usual caveats for contributions are:

"1) your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

2) listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

3) only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors)."


Gambino, Matthew. "'These Strangers Within our Gates': Race, Psychiatry, and Mental Illness among Black Americans at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, 1900-40," _History of Psychiatry_ 19(4)(2008): 387-408.

Wheatcroft, Sue. "Children's Experiences of War: Handicapped Children in England During the Second World War," _Twentieth Century British History_ 19(2008): 480-501.

Ziff, Katherine K., David O. Thomas, and Patricia M. Beamish, "Asylum and Community: The Athens Lunatic Asylum in Nineteenth-Century Ohio," _History of Psychiatry_ 19(4)(2008): 409-432.


Bob Sanchez reviewed Paul A. Lombardo, _Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell_ (Johns Hopkins UP 2008), in _The Internet Review of Books_ 2(2)(November 2008): online here:

Thomas E. Phillips reviewed Chad Hartsock, _Sight and Blindness in Luke-Acts: The Use of Physical Features in Characterization_ (Brill 2008), in _Religious Studies Review_ 34(4)(November 2008): 297-298.

Barry Edginton reviewed Carla Yanni, _The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States_ (University of Minnesota Press 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 19(2008): 509-512.

Catharine Coleborne reviewed Julie Parle, _States of Mind: Searching for Mental Health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918_ (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2007), in _Social History of Medicine_ 21(3) (2008): 611-612.

Allan Ingram reviewed Jeremy Schmidt, _Melancholy and the Care of the Soul: Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Madness in Early Modern England_ (Ashgate 2007), in _Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies_ 31(4)(2008): 629-630.


Gary Presley, _Seven Wheelchairs: A Life Beyond Polio_ (University of Iowa Press 2008).


Sebastian Bartsch (University of Cologne 2007): "Geistig behinderte Menschen in der SBZ/DDR. Erziehung, Bildung, Betreuung. 1945-1989/90" (People with intellectual disabilities in the Soviet Sector/GDR. Education and care. 1945-1989/90) Published as: Geistig behinderte Menschen in der DDR. Erziehung - Bildung - Betreuung. Lehren und Lernen mit behinderten Menschen, Bd. 12. Athena- Verlag, Oberhausen 2007 (People with intellectual disabilities in the GDR. Education and care. Series "Teaching and learning with people with disabilities", volume 12. Athena-Verlag, Oberhausen 2007)

Contributions received this month from: Iain Hutchison, John Erlen, Gary Presley, Sebastian Bartsch

Compiled by
Penny L. Richards PhD
Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability