Wednesday, May 6, 2009

ANNOUCEMENT: The University of California Center for Special Education, Disabilities, & Developmental Risk

The faculty steering committee has constituted itself with the charge of leading the UC system in establishing a California-wide Center for Research in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) as a Multi-Campus Research Unit that will unify and solidify UC resources. Primary aims of the Center are to enhance the University of California’s ability to attract from a national pool of talented students, win large extramural grants, improve national visibility of UC efforts, and enhance the doctoral preparation of the next generation of research, teacher education, and other related public service doctorates. Already, UCSB, UCR, UCSD, and UCLA and the UC Office of the President have each made ongoing financial commitments to the Center, and UCD and UCB have indicated their support.

ANNOUCEMENT: Access to "Autism Research

The International Society for Autism Research's journal - "Autism Research" is available for a limited time to all libraries on a complimentary basis. If you would like your institution to carry this journal please ask your librarian to email for more details and to register for complimentary online access to Autism Research. This is a time limited offer... and a great way to support the Society.

For more information on the journal, visit:

Monday, May 4, 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)."


Amsing, Hilda T. A. and Fedor H. deBeer, "Selecting Children with Mental Disabilities: A Dutch Conflict over the Demarcation of Expertise in the 1950s," _Paedagogica Historica_ 45(1&2)(2009): 235-250.

Jones, Ross. "Removing Some of the Dust from the Wheels of Civilization: William Ernest Jones and the 1928 Commonwealth Survey of Mental Deficiency," _Australian Historical Studies_ 40(1)(March 2009): [no pages, sorry].

Kudlick, Catherine J. "Guy de Maupassant, Louisa May Alcott, and Youth At Risk: Lessons from the New Paradigm of Disability," _Paedagogica Historica_ 45(1&2)(2009): 37-49.

Martins, Catarina S. "'Do You Hear with your Ears or with your Eyes?': The Education of Deaf Pupils at Casa Pia de Lisboa (c1820-1950)," _Paedagogica Historica_ 45(1&2)(2009): 103-116.

Olyan, Saul M. "The Ascription of Physical Disability as a Stigmatizing Strategy in Biblical Iconic Polemics," _Journal of Hebrew Scriptures_ 9(14)(2009): online here as a PDF:

Symeonidou, Simoni. "The Experience of Disability Activism through the Development of the Disability Movement: How do Disabled Activists Find their Way in Politics," _Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research_ 11(1)(March 2009): 17-34.


Thomas Augst reviewed Benjamin Reiss, _Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums & Nineteenth-Century American Culture_ (University of Chicago Press 2008), in _Common-Place_ 9(3)(April 2009): online here (open- access):

Rebecca Raphael reviewed Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, and Jeremy Schipper, eds., _This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies_ (Society of Biblical Literature 2007) in _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ 83(1) (2009): [no pages, sorry].

Priscilla Wald reviewed Heather Munro Prescott, _Student Bodies: The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine_ (University of Michigan Press 2007) in _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ 83(1)(2009): [no pages, sorry].

Andreas Killen reviewed Petteri Pietikainen, _Neurosis and MOdernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden_ (Brill 2007), in _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ 83(1)(2009): [no pages, sorry].

Philip R. Reilly reviewed Ian Dowbiggin, _The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century_ (Oxford UP 2008), in _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ 83(1)(2009): [no pages, sorry].

Karen Buckle reviewed Roberta Bivins and John V. Pickstone, eds., _Medicine, Madness and Social History: Essays in Honour of Roy Porter_ (Palgrave 2007), in _Journal of Contemporary History_ 44(2009): 337-338.


Patrick McDonagh, _Idiocy: A Cultural History_ (Liverpool University Press 2009).

Kim Nielsen, _Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller_ (Beacon Press 2009).

Contributions received this month from: John Erlen, Tim Stainton, Kim Nielsen, Hal Cook

Compiled by

Penny L. Richards PhD

Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability