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Lesley Verbeek MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Film, Photography & Audio Visual Media

Cohort/Start PhD: 2023-2024

Audiovisual representations of intellectual disability: stories of (de)stigmatization, (anti-)eugenics, and onto-epistemic (in)justice

Open University

Supervisors: Alexander Peine, Bregt Lameris

My research is about ways in which the representation of intellectual disability in audiovisual media contributes to or counters social stigma. The corpus will consist of narratives from Hollywood film as part of dominant, exclusionary culture and Sproutflix (a non-profit that makes films with and for people with intellectual disabilities) as subaltern counterpublic.