Monday, March 30, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Disability History Association Newsletter now available!

I share an email from Cathy Kudlick...

Dear Historians of Disability,

At long last, the new edition of the Disability History Association Newsletter is available. In this meaty, 25+ page issue we have a number of terrific, thoughtful features including member profiles by Alice Wexler from the USA and Iain Hutchison from Scotland, as well as the first of a two-part interview with leading disability history scholar Henri-Jacques Stiker. We also have a report on the Disability History Conference held at San Francisco State University in August and a description of the holdings in disability history at the US National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. And we have information about new books, upcoming conferences, and blogs of interest to historians of disability.

At present, you can only get to the page by using this link, so please delete any older bookmarks you might have:

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we faced "overwhelming odds" to migrate the webpage, but now we at least have a new base and will build from there.

Best, Cathy Kudlick

President and Provocateur

Disability History Associaiton

Friday, March 20, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Calisphere -- share your University of California-created web sites with us

Do you have a web site you’d like to share that has been created by a UC campus faculty member, librarian, or researcher? Would you like to raise the visibility of a web site you’ve created? Is it an online exhibit, curated collection, or thematically-based grouping of materials? Does the web site feature resources such as photographs, maps, historical documents, current articles and research, multimedia, electronic books, or other online resources?

Let us know! We’d like to add it to Calisphere.


Calisphere, managed by the California Digital Library (CDL), provides public access to primary source materials and freely available UC-created web sites. Calisphere offers more than 150,000 digitized items—including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts—selected from the libraries, archives and museums of the UC campuses, and from cultural heritage organizations across California. Calisphere is also a gateway to UC-created web sites that reflect the diverse interests and scholarship of UC, including the humanities, social sciences, math, and science resources. To date, we have published citations to over 500 websites—and we’d like your help to expand our registry.

Who uses Calisphere?

Calisphere is freely available to the public and is used by a broad range of people including UC students, K-12 educators and the general public. By incorporating UC sites in Calisphere, we increase their visibility and make them more broadly available.

Send Us Your URLs

Here’s how.

Friday, March 6, 2009

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, 2008-2009). 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)."


Dawson, Lesel. "'A Thirsty Womb': Lovesickness, Green Sickness, Hysteria, and Uterine Fury," Chapter 2 in Dawson's _Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature_ (September 2008): 46-91.

Meyer, Jessica. "Separating the Men from the Boys: Masculinity and Maturity in Understandings of Shell Shock in Britain," _Twentieth Century British History_ 20(1)(2009): 1-22.

Roman, Leslie G. "No Time for Nostalgia!: Asylum-Making, Medicalized Colonialism in British Columbia (1859-97), and Artistic Praxis for Social Transformation," _International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education_ 22(1)(January 2009): 17-63.

Sharpe, Robert L. "England's Legal Monsters," _Law, Culture, and the Humanities_ 5(1)(2009): 100-130.


Oliver Ready reviewed Angela Brintlinger and Ilya Vinitsky, eds. _Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture_ (University of Toronto Press 2007), in _The Modern Language Review_ 104(1)(January 2009): 306-307.

Nigel Ingham reviewed Corinne Manning, _Bye-Bye Charlie: Stories from the Vanishing World of Kew Cottages_ (University of New South Wales Press 2008) in _British Journal of Learning Disabilities_ 37(1) (February 2009): 86. [An oral history of Australia's "first and largest institution purse built for people iwth learning difficulties"]

Robert G. Moeller reviewed Carol Poore, _Disability in Twentieth- Century German Culture_ (University of Michigan Press 2007) in _German History_ 27(1)(2009): 171-173.

Ian Dowbiggin reviewed Marius Turda and Paul Weindling, eds., _Blood and Homeland: Eugenics and Racial Nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe, 1900-1940_ (Central European University Press 2007), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(2) (2009): 266-268.

Richard Weikart reviewed Ian Dowbiggin, _The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century_ (Oxford University Press 2008), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(2)(2009): 270-271.

Michael Worboys reviewed Emily K. Abel, _Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion: A History of Public Health and Migration to Los Angeles_ (Rutgers University Press 2007), in _Social History_ 34(1) (February 2009): 116.

John S. Haller Jr. reviewed N. Molina, _Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939_ (University of California Press 2006), among other books, in "Review Essay: Health and the Politics of Race and Class," _Journal of Urban History_ 35(3)(March 2009): 432-441.

Amy Slaton reviewed John Carson, _The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940_ (), in _Technology and Culture_ 50(1)(January 2009): [no pages, sorry].

Katharine Hodgkin reviews Jeremy Schmidt, _Melancholy and the Care of the Soul: Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Madness in Early Modern England_ (Ashgate 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 20(2009): 116-118.

Contributions received this month from: John Erlen

compiled by

Penny L. Richards PhD

Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability