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Colin Cameron

Dr Colin Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been active in the disabled people’s movement since 1992 within organisations including the Northern Disability Arts Forum, Inclusion Scotland, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living and Shaping Our Lives. As well as writing sardonic short stories and poems his more serious work includes book chapters and journal articles on Disability Arts and identity in, e.g., Emerging Issues and Insights in Disability Studies, The Community Development Journal, Popular Music and Parallel Lines. His PhD thesis, ‘Does Anybody Like Being Disabled?’, involved clarifying and developing the affirmation model, a non-tragic framework for making sense of the experience of living with impairment in a disabling society. His book Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide, is published by Sage.

Posts by Colin Cameron

Disability Arts and Activism

Disability History Month 2018 focuses on the importance of music to the history of the Disabled Peoples' movement. Colin Cameron recalls the emergence of Disability Arts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the early 1990s, paying tribute to three musical acts; Johnny Crescendo, Ian Stanton and The Fugertivs, who each set a precedent ...

Machine Embroidery of a gathering of animals

Outside In Journeys to Sotheby’s

To celebrate Outside In’s impending NPO status as an independent charity, after 10 years under the stewardship of Pallant House Gallery, an exhibition entitled 'Journeys' at Sotheby’s in London, 11-19 January, marked the organisation’s story thus far. Review by Colin Cameron. Journeys displayed 34 astonishing works by a range of artists ...

Colin Cameron's Pop Clement VII

Colin Cameron: Stuckist artist, painter of ‘Mortraits’

I started working in acrylics on canvas about five years ago after a friend from Germany, Gustav Herring, sent me several small paintings depicting various ridiculous scenes from some nonsense we’d written together entitled ‘Uncle Bill’s World of Wonder’. I had never really thought about acrylics before, any drawing or ...

A middle-aged woman is standing with a young lad, staring at a group of men in wheelchairs. The boy is pointing at the wheelchair-users saying "Oh look it's the disabled." The men are all exactly the same.

Why we are disabled people, not people with disabilities

Okay, so what’s the beef with language? Why is it important to us to be named as ‘disabled people’, rather than ‘people with disabilities’. Dr Colin Cameron gives an overview of the Social Model of Disability, which has underpinned the Disability Arts and the Disability Rights Movement over the last ...

Nothing To Do With Me: Everything To Do With Me Disability, Self and Identity

Abstract Drawing on categories of imposed and intrinsic relevances developed by Alfred Schutz, as well as on affirmative model definitions of impairment and disability, this article develops an argument proposing the usefulness of disability identity. Disability is not just about what people with impairments are prevented from doing and being, but ...

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