Speakers

David T. Mitchell

Picture of David MitchellDavid T. Mitchell is a scholar, editor, history and film exhibition curator, and filmmaker in the field of disability studies. His books include the monographs Narrative Prosthesis: Discourses of Disability (2000), Cultural Locations of Disability (2005), The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment (2015), and the collections The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (1997), A History of Disability in Primary Sources, volume 5 of The Encyclopedia of Disability, and The Matter of Disability (2019). He curated The Chicago Disability History Exhibit (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum, 2006) and assembled the programs for the Screening Disability Film Festival (Chicago, 2006), as well as the DisArt Independent Film Festival (Grand Rapids, MI, 2015). His four award-winning films include Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (1995), A World without Bodies (2002), Self Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer (1995), and Disability Takes on the Arts (1996). He is currently working on a new book and feature-length documentary film on disability and the Holocaust, tentatively titled Disposable Humanity.

Paula Tesoriero

Paula Tesoriero is New Zealand’s Disability Rights Commissioner. It is her role to protect and promote the rights of disabled New Zealanders.
She is also a Paralympian cycling gold medalist, a former lawyer,  was a general manager at Stats NZ and at the Ministry of Justice, has held a range of governance roles on various Boards and is a mum.
Paula was recently announced Chef de Mission for the NZ Paralympic team heading to Toyko in 2020.

Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell 

Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist and is Professor of Disability and Ableism Studies in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee.

Acknowledging the importance of knowledge standpoint and the exclusionary practices of the academy, Fiona is a non-traditional academic being biracial, disabled, LGBT and from a religious minority background. Fiona is Co-Lead of the Peripheries Research & Academic Scholarship Theme at ESW, and Co Chair of the university’s Disabled Staff Network. In 2019, Fiona became a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).She is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

She was Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching Scholarship) at the Griffith Law School until July 2014. Previous to this she was Convenor of Disability Studies, School of Human Services & Social Work, Griffith University (2001 – 2010). From 1984 – 1995, Fiona worked in rehabilitation services, the Australian public service providing ministerial advice on disability policy and in various third sector organisations on income security, disability advocacy and the establishment of attendant care and social care. She Chaired and was a member of a number of high-level government committees.

Fiona has written extensively on issues related to disability – a philosophy & sociology of ableism, disability in Sri Lanka, law, biotechnology and is recognised as a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism. You can access my papers and publications on Academia Educ

Cameron S. Mitchell 

Cameron S. MitchellCameron S. Mitchell grew up in the small snow-covered town of Marquette, Michigan. From an early age he found himself traveling the world with his parents who made documentary films as a part of their studies. Cameron pursued a double major in Film and Visual Anthropology at Temple University, and made his first and second short documentaries “Mehul the Music Teacher” and “Branded” during his time there. He also directed a short biographical documentary of Sharon Pinkenson for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office while enrolled at Temple. Not one for wasting time, Cameron immediately started his own production company “CSM Productions” in 2013, the year he graduated. The first commercial he directed for Toyota became Addy Award nominated and spawned a 6+ year relationship with Comcast Spotlight, Toyota, and Philabundance documenting the local efforts of those companies to end food insecurity in the Philadelphia area.

While directing, Cameron continues to freelance as a cinematographer and steadicam operator. He has DP’d five feature films to date including The Listing which was presented at the Marché Du Filme at the Cannes Film festival in 2018 and won best feature at the Horror News Net Film Festival. During his career as a director and film freelancer, Cameron has worked with the likes of Ron Howard (“Made in America”, 2013), Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”, 2017), M. Night Shyamalan (“Split”, 2017), Domenica Scorsese (“Almost Paris”, 2017), Matthew Weiner (“The Romanoffs”, 2018), to name a few. He has lit and shot a share of the Philadelphia Eagles for ESPN Sportscenter among other sports teams.

Cameron makes an active effort to contribute new content to the film industry that represents minority viewpoints, including his most recent narrative short “The Co-Op” (Winner, Bergen International Film Festival) and feature length documentary “Disposable Humanity” (In Production). Both films endeavor to alter the representations of disabled people. Finally, some of his most recent work includes directing the music video “Heartbeat” (2019, featured on Rolling Stone India), camera operating for the Netflix special “A Little Bit Pregnant” featuring Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black), and steadicam operating for the Hallmark Christmas film “Rediscovering Christmas” (2019, featuring Jessica Lowndes and BJ Britt).

Sharon L Snyder’s 

Sharon L. Snyder’s career includes a range of work as an author, artist, activist, and filmmaker. Her books include Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (2000), Cultural Locations of Disability (2006), and The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment (2015). She has also edited three collections: The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (1997), A History of Disability in Primary Sources, volume 5 of The Encyclopedia of Disability, and The Matter of Disability (2019), as well as authored more than thirty- five journal articles and chapters. She has curated a museum exhibit on disability history at the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum, curated disability film and arts programming for festivals and conferences, and created four award-winning documentary films: Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (1995), A World without Bodies (2002), Self Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer (2005), and Disability Takes on the Arts (2006).

Key Dates


Submissions Open
11 September

Early Registration Opens
13 November

Submissions Close
13 November

Authors notified
11 December

Early registration deadline
7 May 2021