Addressing Mental Health and Disability Equality in the Creative Industries (AMH23) CFP


Hybrid Symposium, 19 July 2023 at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

AMH23 is a media, film, and creative arts symposium organised by MeCCSA’s Disability Network, MeCCSA’s Practice Network, and Evolution Film (which is funded by the British Academy). Our purpose is to examine the current and future role of mental health and disability equality across the global creative sector. This event will analyse the stresses and the challenges faced by those with mental health or physical disabilities within these jobs, and for anyone managing the circumstances that would help such colleagues’ reach their full potential.

We welcome submissions that address this burgeoning field of interest from local, national, international, and transnational perspectives and from a variety of industry-focused paradigms. The symposium welcomes submissions that break new boundaries in terms of format and presentation styles, and those which promote accessibility and inclusion for our audience. Submissions are welcome from colleagues within both industry and academia, and from those who focus on this topic in practice and through practice. Submissions are especially welcome from delegates and practitioners with disabilities themselves. Topics can include policy and legislation, creative practices and practice-based research, continual professional development (CPD), and pedagogy – in addition to the work of content producers, filmmakers and artists working across the creative sector. 

Abstracts and expressions of interest may include topics such as:

Industry history and futures, Teaching, CPD and pedagogy, PTSD and film/media production, Disability and film/media practice, Mental health and film/media production, Media production and practice-based research, The wider creative arts and areas of practice such as games and VR, Coping strategies and managing stress and challenges (both physical and

mental) associated with these kinds of jobs, Mental health issues or physical disabilities in the creative industries, [Mis]representation of disabilities e.g. stereotyping, stigmatisation, spectacle, etc, Discrimination, Policy and legislation, Trade Unions, Ethics, Positive approaches, Relationships with creativity, and Current/emerging practices and areas of interest.

300-word abstract biography due: 31 January 2023 via EasyChair

Full day, Hybrid Symposium 19 July 2023 at De Montfort University providing disability access, signers, and support.

Following the event, there will be opportunities to publish via a prominent academic journal and other recognisable outputs for the REF.

Please use the following link to access the EasyChair portal for abstracts.


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