About the Organisers

Dr Hannah Thompson is a British academic and disability activist. As well as having academic interests in the intersections of blindness and French culture, she is also the author of the popular ‘Blind Spot’ blog.

Dr Vanessa Warne is a Canadian academic who teaches and publishes on both North American and British disability history. She is based in Winnipeg, home to the Canadian Disability Studies Association and a hub for Canadian disability rights activism. In parallel with her academic work, she works with heritage organizations, including historic home museums, on exhibit accessibility.

Organising Committee
Dr Hannah Thompson, (Reader, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London); Dr Vanessa Warne, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Film and Theatre, University of Manitoba, Canada); Selina Mills (writer, journalist and broadcaster, London); Dr Zina Weygand (emeritus researcher at the Conservatoire national des arts et metiers, Paris, France), Dr Rebecca Scales (Assistant Professor, History, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA); Prof Cathy Kudlick, Director, Paul K Longmore Institute on Disability and Professor of History, San Francisco State University); Dr Heather Tilley (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London); Dr Marion Chottin (Research Associate at CHSPM, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Cerphi, ENS Lyon).