International Advisory Board

Carla Rice

Carla Rice

Carla Rice is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada specializing in embodiment studies and in arts-based and research creation methodologies. She founded Re●Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice as a leading-edge arts-informed research creation centre with a mandate to foster inclusive communities, well-being, equity, and justice. In 2017, Rice was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She has received numerous awards for advocacy, research, and mentorship, including the Canadian Psychological Association’s Feminist Mentorship Award for individuals considered not only leaders in their field, but exceptional mentors to future leaders in the field, 2013-2014; a University of Guelph Faculty Teaching Award for excellence and innovation in teaching, 2014-2015; a Body Confidence Canada Award for leading advocacy in the fight against body-based discrimination, 2013-2014; and York University’s Mary McEwan Memorial Award for outstanding gender studies doctoral dissertation, 2004.

She currently directs nine research projects and co-investigates another eight initiatives, representing over $6 million, 157 researchers, 30 Canadian and five international universities. In the role as Principal Investigator, she was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s largest research award, a Partnership Grant, for Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, an institutional-community research program that seeks to cultivate d/Deaf, disability, mad, fat and aging activist arts in Canada over 7 years. Bodies in Translation was ranked 1st in the competition, with the panel noting that the "project provides an enormously significant, comprehensive, well-researched, unconventional, paradigm-changing framework with the potential to substantially shift the dominant discourse around disability arts and activism as well as to provide a solid platform for multiple forms of research-creation and substantial opportunities for high-quality training and pedagogical development."

Rice has published 3 books, 69 papers, 26 chapters, and 13 reports; produced over 500 short films on embodied disability experience in healthcare systems, re-storying autism in and beyond systems of formal schooling, Indigenous perspectives on de-colonizing Canadian schools, Inuit perspectives on building urban Inuit cultural voice, people’s experiences of weight stigma in healthcare, among others; and delivered hundreds of keynote addresses, training workshops, consultations, and presentations, nationally and internationally. She has consulted with provincial and federal governments including most recently the Government of Canada‚Äôs Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the Prime Minister’s Privy Council Office (PCO). Notable books include Gender and Women’s Studies: Critical Terrain, now in 2nd edition (2018), and Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture (2014).

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network