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Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group

Accessible Arts 2021 Conference:
Arts Activated

Conference theme:
Building Back for Everyone

Monday August 9, 2021 1pm-2pm

Sub-theme: Building participation

Panel session title - Creative Thinking: Innovative Approaches to Increase Participation of People with Disability in Arts & Culture

  1. Exploring the Three Dilemmas for an authentic artist identity for students living with a disability. Rick Spencer, Melbourne, Victoria.
  2. Participation in the arts people with profound intellectual and multiple impairments. Michelle King and Daelle Bunker, Brisbane, Queensland
  3. Arts Activated, Digitally, in a Pandemic: The New Terms of Disability Participation. Professor Gerard Goggin, Singapore
  4. What we can learn about disability inclusion from the digitisation of Fringe Festivals during COVID-19. Professor Katie Ellis, Perth, Western Australia                                 

Chair in Studio: Dr Lise Mogensen, Western Sydney University.


Speakers' Bios:

Ricki Spencer
Rick Spencer (They/Them) is a current research student at Victoria University completing a Masters of Research "How do secondary School teachers disrupt heteronormative practices within their classroom spaces”? They are also completing a Masters of Social Policy coursework program at University of Melbourne. Also the convener for Media in Australia TASA, Qualified Teacher, Peer Educator, and LGBTIQ Older Aging Housing Community Reference Member HAAG, Elected LGBTIQ Officer at UoM, Consumer Advisory Member at CIH, TransHealth Research Australia Member and Transgender Community Education Activist.


Michelle King
Michelle King is a sociologist and lawyer completing a PhD in Law at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology. Her work explores citizenship, capacity and decision-making in the legal and administrative transition to adulthood of people with profound intellectual disabilities. She takes a critical, transdisciplinary and inclusive approach to understanding the governance of legal capacity and intellectual disability in a range of contexts, including healthcare, financial services, social services, education, income support, and the NDIS. Michelle is a researcher, educator and advocate in disability law, policy and practice, and has lived experience as a parent of a daughter with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.


Daelle Bunker
Daelle Bunker is young woman living with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. She has Pachygyria which was caused by some damage to one of her genes which affected the development of her brain. This means she also has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Daelle doesn't communicate with words in the usual way, and needs support with all the things she loves to do in life. Daelle loves art and working with other people. She has presented with Michelle at academic conferences and in the community. People living with profound intellectual disabilities easily become invisible in our society, even in disability advocacy spaces. Daelle may not speak to us directly, but her experience and visibility is vital and important.


Gerard Goggin
Professor Gerard Goggin, Wee Kim Wee Professor in Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He undertaken research, policy, and activist collaborations in disability, media, and social justice for 20+ years, and was involved in the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: The Last Avant Garde’. Gerard’s most recent books are Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (2020) and Apps: From Mobile Phones to Digital Lives (2021).

Kate Ellis
Professor Katie Ellis – is Professor and Director of The Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Her recent publications include The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (2020) with Gerard Goggin and Beth Haller and Rosemary Curtis, Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies (2019) and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: Looking Towards the Future both with Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Mike Kent and Rachel Robertson. Trauma and Disability in Mad Max: Beyond the Road Warrior’s Fury (2019) with Mick Broderick and Disability and Digital Television Cultures (2109).

Lise Mogensen
Dr Lise Mogensen, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, and Critical Disability Studies Researcher, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. Parent advocate and Co-convenor of the Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group in the Australian Sociological Association (TASA). Lise specialises in inclusive approaches developed through consultation and co-design that facilitate participation of people typically excluded from research. She places strong emphasis on conducting research that leads to policy and practice translation, and has produced publications leading to change in higher education policy and health care guidelines. Lise’s recent collaborative research to explore disability in the medical profession has influenced change in 2021 guidelines towards inclusive medical education in Australia and New Zealand.


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