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Shelley L. Tremain, Ph.D. (she/her/hers/they/them/their/settler)

Shelley L. Tremain holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University (Canada), has taught in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and publishes on a range of topics, including (feminist) philosophy of disability, Michel Foucault, ableism in philosophy, social metaphysics and epistemology, and bioethics. Tremain is the author of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2017), the manuscript for which was awarded the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, and the editor of two editions of Foucault and the Government of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005; 2015). She was the 2016 recipient of the Tanis Doe Award for Disability Study and Culture in Canada. From January 2015 to December 2018, Tremain contributed to and coordinated the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog, where she began Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that she is conducting with disabled philosophers and, from January 2019, will post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY monthly. Tremain was the Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow at UC-Berkeley and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, CA, has produced and hosted community radio programming on disabled women, curated a multidisciplinary art exhibition of work by disabled lesbians and two-spirited women for A Space Gallery in Toronto, Canada, provided community accessibility education for St. Joseph Immigrant Women’s Centre (Immigrants Working Centre) in Hamilton, Canada, and was a Principal Investigator for Canada’s national policy research institute to promote the human rights of disabled people.

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Melinda C. Hall, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Melinda C. Hall, who earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. Hall specializes in continental philosophy and the philosophy of disability, and regularly makes interventions in bioethics. In The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics (Lexington Books, 2016), Hall draws from Michel Foucault to demonstrate that disability is central to debates over enhancement. Her current research focuses on the deployment of the concept of risk in bioethics and public health, including public health communications. Hall’s work appears in Disability Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and Philosophy Compass, among other venues. Hall co-directs the Community Education Project, a higher education in prison program that is committed to bringing high quality liberal arts education to incarcerated persons at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach, FL.

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Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia is a brown Mexican philosopher currently working at the National University of Mexico’s Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas [Institute for Philosophical Research] where he studies human representations (words, formulas, pictures, diagrams, etc.), especially in art and science. He got his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington. He was awarded the National University Recognition of Distinction Award for Young Researchers in the Humanities, and throughout his academic career, he has published two books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters in Mexico and abroad. As an artist, Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia has been part of art collectives Konfort and Bios Ex Machina with whom he has exhibited and staged work in galleries and museums in Mexico, USA, Canada, and Portugal.

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Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril (she/her/elle)

Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril is a crip French Canadian-Filipina hapa philosopher who recently submitted her doctoral thesis entitled Autonomy as a Systemic Virtue: A Spinozist Analysis of Autonomy and Shared Decision-making in Healthcare to the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests include feminist approaches to bioethics, autonomy within asymmetrical power relations, affective management strategies, political and social philosophy, Filipino philosophy, as well as critical disability studies. She has co-authored a book chapter (“The Otherness within Us: Reframing, with Spinoza, the Self’s Relationship to Disability and Aging,” in Aging in an Aging Society: Critical Reflections, eds. Iva Apostolova and Monique Lanoix) and an article (“Care, the Self, and Masculinities: A Philosophical Perspective on Constructing Active Masculinities” in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly) with Iva Apostolova. Élaina is currently a teaching assistant at the University of Aberdeen for an undergraduate feminist philosophy course and a Master’s level course on values in public health within the School of Medicine.

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