Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Call for Papers

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

Special Issue: The Biopolitics of Art Education

Guest Editors: Claire Penketh (Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University) and Jeff Adams (Education, University of Chester)

In The Biopolitics of Disability David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder argue that “curriculum needs to contextualize the lives of crip/queer people in order to create a context of receptivity for a more productive interaction with the embodied differences of crip/queer lives in school.” This special issue seeks to explore the ways art education might respond to such a call to develop disability pedagogy and curriculum content with “the active participation of crip/queer subjects.”

Art education has been long recognised and valued for its contribution to learning for children, young people, and adults. More recently there have been moves to explore art education as critical social practice, recognising the importance of art education to identity work. Although lines have been drawn around visual arts education, moves to incorporate contemporary practices have resulted in a more expansive range of approaches (e.g., video installations, performance art, and conceptual art pieces examining the use of text and ready-mades). However, art education has also been subject to criticisms of anachronistic and exclusionary practice.

This special issue asks: is there a need for curriculum reform in order to make crip/queer content integral to art education? How can art education respond to the request for creative pedagogies that resist processes of normalization? How can art education learn from people’s differences? How can literary and cultural representations of disability inform pedagogies in art education?

Where does art education fit in recent developments in Disability Studies? How can Disability Studies be informed by recent research in art education?

Please email a one-page proposal to and by April 1, 2017. Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by June 1, 2017. (Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on March 1, 2018). Please direct any questions to either guest editor.

For further information about JLCDS please contact Dr David Bolt (

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Town Planning Review 87.5: Special Issue and Featured Article

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

The latest issue of Town Planning Review is a Special Issue titled 'Planning the Gendered City'. It features papers on women and transport, 'mainstreaming' gender in the city, and future gendered urban agendas. You can find the full issue here.

The editors of TPR have selected 'Taking women’s bodily functions into account in urban planning and policy: public toilets and menstruation' by Clara Greed as the Featured Article for the special issue. It will be free to access for three months and is available here.

When asked to describe the paper, and highlight its importance, Clare Greed stated the following:

"Although UK town planners attest that ‘planning is for people’, I have always thought it very odd that town planners seem to give very little attention to bodily functions,  and the physical aspects of human existence. This is particularly so in the overall marginalisation of women’s needs in the city, in terms of childcare, menstruation and pregnancy. Having written and researched extensively on ‘gender and cities’ over the years, and having belonged to various ‘women and planning’ campaign groups, I soon found that, in spite of all our conferences, research, and publications, all our ideas, solutions and policy suggestions made very little impact on mainstream (malestream) urban planning policy. Therefore I decided to concentrate more on one specific aspect of the problems women encounter in the city of man, namely lack of public toilets, and try to change things by getting into those UK government committees which determine toilet provision standards. My decision ‘to do toilets’ has generated far more interest and notoriety than my many years concentrating on mainstream town planning issues and academic research. But ‘all human life’ is here, toilets are relevant to all aspects of human existence, including gender, sexuality, accessibility, environment, sustainability, health and so much more."

Clara has written a full complimentary piece to her article. You can read it in full here.

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Job Vacancy: Journals Publishing Assistant

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Anthony Cond

About LUP

Liverpool University Press (LUP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Liverpool, and was founded in 1899. The Press has recently expanded rapidly, and now publishes 28 scholarly journals and around 80 new books per annum across the arts and humanities.  LUP currently employs 13 staff.  In 2015, LUP was both the IPG Frankfurt Book Fair Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year and The Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.

The role of Journals Publishing Assistant reflects our growing journals portfolio and ambitious future plans.  Reporting to the Press’s Head of Journals for three days per week and its Head of Sales for two days per week the role will cover a wide range of journals activity. The job is based in Liverpool, but will require some travel.


Job Description

The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Sales:


  • Deliver targeted marketing communications via email and direct mail as guided by the Journals Marketing Plan:
    • Using email marketing software and Microsoft Outlook to create, design and send out a variety email marketing campaigns
    • Adhere to the schedule in the Journals Marketing Plan and ensure all campaigns are sent out on time
    • Meet monthly with the Head of Sales and Head of Journals to analyse the previous month’s campaigns and brainstorm as to how the results can inform the next month’s strategy


  • Table of Contents alerts and Social Media:
    • Sending out new issue alerts to relevant subject listservs
    • Daily use of a variety of social media outlets for standard promotions of the journals and to seek new and inventive ways in which to reach a wider audience


  • Website and platform development:
    • Regularly updating pages on both the Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with news, information and online adverts
    • This requires use of Adobe Photoshop


  • Conferences:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of conferences at which the journals are promoted and researching new events at which we can reach new audiences
    • Arranging the shipping and delivery of promotional materials to these conferences
    • Management of the conference budget
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of adverts and flyers for conference programmes/packs


  • Advertising:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of exchange ads as well as seeking new opportunities to advertise the journals
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of paid for and exchange adverts


  • Reporting:
    • Preparing marketing summaries for individual journals, collections and/or subject areas when requested


The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Journals:

  • Oversee editorial administration for the journals list
  • Attending and contributing to editorial management meetings
  • Liaising with a number of external contacts, including editors, authors, societies and subscription and fulfilment agents
  • Managing member lists for some journals
  • Updating and maintaining editorial contact lists
  • Assisting with research into possible new journals in core subject areas
  • Updating and maintaining Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with correct editorial information
  • Assist the HoJ with preparation of Annual Reports
  • Liaise with other departments for information
  • Assist with provision of bibliometric and usage analysis
  • Managing requests for OA articles (maintaining records, liaising with author and finance department, ensuting article is Open Access when published)
  • Manage the ‘featured article’ selection for 2 journals (liaising with editors, promotion surrounding article, making free to access when published)


The Journals Publishing Assistant will also undertake such other duties as will be decided by the Head of Journals and Head of Sales.


Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate an interest in publishing, through current employment, work experience placement, internship or other activity.
  • Show initiative, enthusiasm and the confidence to engage with the distinguished scholars who comprise our journals editors, editorial boards and contributors.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues and pressures in the publishing industry.
  • Possess excellent administrative and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Possess a good honours degree in a relevant field.
  • Be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office applications with experience using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferable but not essential


To apply

Please email a CV and covering letter detailing how you are suited to the role, together with the names of two referees (who will be contacted only in the event of a successful application), to Clare Hooper, Head of Journals,

CLOSING DATE: 5pm on September 30th, 2016

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5th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award winner announced...

Posted on September 07, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

Contemporary French Civilization (CFC), published by Liverpool University Press, is pleased to announce the results of the 5th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award competition for the best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French civilization and cultural studies. 

We received many excellent submissions again this year and would like to thank all of our junior colleagues who submitted essays for this competition. We would strongly encourage you to continue sending us your work in the future- both for the Schehr Memorial Award and for potential publication.

2016 Award Recipient:

Dr. Patricia Goldsworthy (Western Oregon
University) for her essay, “Orientalist Legacies and Photography in Contemporary Morocco" in which she examines the re-appropriation of the colonial heritage by photographer Lalla Essaydi in her two series, “Converging Territories” and “Les Femmes du Maroc” and by scholars of the Groupe de Recherches et d’Etudes sur Casablanca (GREC) at the Université Hassan II in their publication of Casablanca rétro.

The award recipient has been invited to publish an expanded version of the winning essay, after further peer review, in a forthcoming issue of CFC.

Congratulations to Dr. Goldsworthy for her excellent essay!  

For more information about our winning author, please visit:

Details on next year’s competition will be available in early 2016 on H-France, Francofil, and the CFC journal website at:

- Denis Provencher, editor of Contemporary French Civilization

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Pavilion Poetry and the 2016 Forward Prizes

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Heather Gallagher
Pavilion Poetry and LUP would like to congratulate Ruby Robinson and Sarah Westcott on their achievements in the 2016 Forward Prizes for Poetry! 


Ruby Robinson on the nomination of Every Little Sound for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.


Sarah Westcott for her poem Inklings (from Slant Light) which has been Highly Commended by the judges for this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry. It will be published this autumn in The Forward Book of Poetry 2017.


Ruby Robinson


Drawing from neuroscience on the idea of 'internal gain', an internal volume control which helps us amplify and focus on quiet sounds in times of threat, danger or intense concentration, Ruby Robinson's brilliant debut introduces a poet whose work is governed by a scrupulous attention to the detail of the contemporary world. Moving and original, her poems invite us to listen carefully and use ideas of hearing and listening to explore the legacies of trauma. The book celebrates the separateness and connectedness of human experience in relationships and our capacity to harm and love.

Ruby Robinson was born in Manchester in 1985 and lives in Sheffield. She studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia and has an MA from Sheffield Hallam University where she also won the Ictus Prize for poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry (Chicago) and elsewhere.

 Sarah Westcott

In her first full-length collection, Sarah Westcott immerses the human self in the natural world, giving voice to a remarkable range of flora and fauna so often silenced or unheard. Here, the voiceless speaks, laments and sings - from the fresh voice of a spring wood to a colony of bats or a grove of ancient sequioa trees. Unafraid of using scientific language and teamed with a clear eye, Westcott’s poems are drawn directly from the natural world, questioning ideas of the porosity of boundaries between the human and non-human and teeming with detail. A series of lyrical charms inspired by Anglo-Saxon texts draw on the specificity of the botanical and its spoken heritage, suggesting a relevance that resonates today. Westcott’s poems are alive to the beautiful in the commonplace and offer up a precise honouring of the wild, while retaining a deeply-felt sense of connection with a planet in peril.

Sarah Westcott’s debut pamphlet Inklings was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2013. Her poems have been published in journals including Poetry Review, Magma and Poetry Wales and in anthologies including Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt). Sarah grew up in north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor, and has a keen interest in the natural world. She holds a science degree and an MA in poetry from Royal Holloway, University of London. Sarah lives on the London/Kent borders with her family and, after a spell teaching English abroad, works as a news journalist.


Take a look at the other nominees for the 2016 Forward Prizes on the official website.


To stay updated with all of our Pavilion Poets follow us on twitter @PavilionPoetry

Ruby Robinson @RubyxRobinson

Sarah Westcott @sarahwestcott1


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