Bio

Biography

Fiona Kumari Campbell currently is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. 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) https://www.thersa.org/ 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).

 Fiona Kumari Campbell is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, a person with disability and is associated with several minority groups (BAME, LGBTI).

 Fiona has written extensively on issues related to disability – a philosophy & sociology of ableism, disability in Sri Lanka, biotechnology and is recognised as a world leader in scholarship around studies in ableism. After the successful publication of Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability & Abledness (Palgrave) in 2009 Fiona is working on three book manuscripts: “Textures of Ableism: Disability, Voice and Marginality”, “Kamma, Buddhism and Disability”, "Ableism: The Plain Truth".

Research interests

Disability/Ableism studies (disability in law, social exclusion, epistemologies of ableism,); sociology of the body; sociological theory; interfaith/intercultural dialogue, health & wellbeing; disability jurisprudence; Buddhist Studies; decolonisating knowledges; systemic advocacy & human rights; capacity building; community development theory/practice and Sri Lankan studies.

 

Research

Research Grants

 2019, University of Dundee, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, “Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities” Professor Judith Sixsmith Helen Ryall (U of Edinburgh), Dr Linda McSwiggan, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, Awarded, £ 25,514

2018, University of Dundee, Making "Masculine" Pettah (Sri Lanka) More Inclusive: Familiarisation of Spaces by Women and Gender-nonconforming Persons to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Good Health and Wellbeing, Awarded £105, 243.00, Scottish Funding Council.

2018. Social Care and Disabled Prisoners in Scotland, Social Work Scotland, (Dr Susan Levey, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, Dr Lynn Kelly, with Fernando Fernandes), £12,000,

2007, Small research grant ($11,500): leadership training and Disablement, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University.

2004, Small research grant ($5,500): Production Monograph series on Law & Disability, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University.

1999, Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Research Training Council, $99,000.

Editorial Boards:

  • Editorial Board, Corporealities of Disability Book Series, University of Michigan Press. (2019)
  • National Association of Disabled Staff Networks Review ( in planning)
  • Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane, Book Series, University of Chester (UK)
  • Italian Journal of Disability Studies
  • Periferias (Maria and Joao Aleixo Institute)
  • Disability Studies Quarterly (USA)
  • Socio-Legal Review (LSE/Uni Bangalore)
  • International Review of Disability Studies (Hawaii)
  • Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool)
  • Ethnographica: Journal of Disability and Culture (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Editorial group, Journal of Social Inclusion (Griffith)

 

Online Multi-Media Presentations:

 

Being Disabled, Philosophy Forum Panel, London School of Economics, 28 November 2018.

https://youtu.be/PtG0DwC_6T8

Keynote Address: Ableism: A Theory of Everything? (University of Hamburg) http://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/projekte/netzwerk-partizipation-mehrfach-diskriminierter-menschen/veranstaltungen-neuigkeiten/conference/recordings/

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY3EMNaB5p0&feature=youtu.be

Stella Young & Fiona Kumari Campbell on Transableism, 'Sunday Night Safran', Radio Triple J, Australia, 02 December 2012

https://youtu.be/0gqbg8gaPCY

Disability Services in Australia: Then and Now

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80UxwxH9qw4

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0XeCwDKGU

 Systemic Advocacy Keynote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxrb9uYU9U

 Dissecting the National Disability Insurance Scheme

 Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iEcQbgJscs 

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvxvGbtdeW8

 Interview with Dan Goodley on Ableism, Manchester Metropolitan University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJlU5GyiTzs

 What’s Critical about Disability Studies?

 Part 1; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoIt2bOFotc

 Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF0avaCjXKU

 Doing Disability Studies – The Impact (interview with Masters Students) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg-w2UjhMzA

 University of Colombo/Faculty of Law Disability Rights Forum – SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/fionakumaricampbell/university-of-colombo-faculty

 

Publications

Precision Ableism : A Studies in Ableism Approach to Developing Histories of Disability and Abledment
3/2019, Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Refocusing on the Paradigm Shift : From Disability to Studies in Ableism
10/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Queer Anti-sociality and Disability Unbecoming : An Ableist Relations Project?
/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ability
/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Disability, Law and Mobilization in Sri Lanka : Barriers and Possibilities
/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ableism: : A Theory of Everything?
11/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Other

Ableism as Transformative Practice
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Geodisability Knowledge Production and International Norms : A Sri Lankan Case study
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The Rocky Road of Social Policy or "what happens behind the scenes"?
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A Review of Disability Law and Legal Mobilisation in Sri Lanka
6/2013, Law and Society Trust Review
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Activities

Intersectionality: A Gifted Contribution to University Life and Leadership?

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

‘Unruly Women’: The Indefinite Detention of Sri Lankan Women in Prisons, Houses of Detention and Psychiatric Hospitals,

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
8 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

European Association of Schoools of Social Work Conference Madrid 2019

Lynn Kelly (Speaker), Susan Levy (Contributor), Fiona Kumari Campbell (Contributor)
6 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Activity Type: Talk

Doubt – Workplace Barriers of Disabled Women Academics

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Member), Magda Gorska (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Activity Type: Other Activity

International Day of Disability, Panel, Disabled Students and Academics,

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Being Disabled, Philosophy Forum Panel, London School of Economics

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
28 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Diversity Panel presentation, Workshop on Artificial intelligence (AI) Narratives: How Do We Talk about AI?

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
5 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Panel: Should We ‘Edit Out’ Disability?

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
4 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

The Violence of Technicism: Ableism as Humiliation and Degrading Treatment

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
23 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

‘Ableism in the Curriculum’

Fiona Kumari Campbell (Speaker)
16 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

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