Dr Paul A. Darke is from Surrey in the south of England.  Born with Spina Bifida Dr Darke is a wheelchair user.  Having left school with no qualifications (a common problem in disability schooling at this time) he entered University as a mature student and gained a PhD under the supervision of Professor Richard Dyer at the University fo Warwick exploring Disability and British Cinema. 

Based in the Midlands of England, Dr Darke is an acclaimed creative thinker and artists, having undertaken over 30 years of projects in a broad range of cultural spheres as an innovator, mentor and leader.  Working in areas such as Filmmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Critical Thinking, Health and Welfare (Wellbeing - Dr Darke is a qualified Social Worker), Learning Disability, Writing  Lecturing, Film Festivals, Art Festivals, Theatre Promotor and, of course, Disability Studies, Dr Darke has an international reputation.  

Working with national organisations such as ACE and the BFI, and various academic institutions, Dr Darke has and continues to, influence, develop work and practice in such as way as to inspire change and excellence. He has previously been director of West Midlands Disability Arts Federation and recently completed a large-scale arts programme entitled Wolves In Wolves, with Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Football Club, which he initiated and directed. 

Dr Darke founded Outside Centre (Digital Disability) leading it creatively and practically for over 20 years, and all Dr Darke's work is covered - with acknowledgements where due - throughout the Digital Disability website.  Dr Darke research includes collaborative practice and he feels that partnership and equality are an essential core of any good practice in any sphere.  

He has recently worked with MIMA at Teesside University and its research staff submitting under Art and Design to Unit of Assessment 32 for REF 2021,  advising individually on the narrative statements and portfolios necessary for submission under the direction of Professor Simon McKeown.


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The Academic Work of Dr Paul A. Darke



1991 - 2020 Guest Lecturer De Montfort University / University of Leeds / University of Newcastle (Medical School) / University of Warwich /  University of Wolverhampton / Wolverhampton College / Strasbourg / Brussels / Seoul / Manchester Metrolitan University / Coventry University / University of Teesside / Liverpool John Moores University / LIPA / University of Essex
1991 - 2020 Film Festival Lecturers London / Paris / Munich / Leeds / Leicester / Wolverhampton (Deaf) / Hackney / Tamworth / Bristol / Hull / Seoul / Startford Upo Avon / Paris / Devizes


Publications - Title


    with Simon Mckoewn
2012 Disability Equality Training A4C with Liz Carr & Kenji Kuno - MPH Publishing, Malaysia
2005 Introductory Essay On Normality Theory Outside Centre Commission
2005 Disability and Film Education Pack 

British Film Institute, South Bank London

2005 Disability Film Catalogue

British Film Institute, South Bank London

2003 White Sticks, Wheels and Crutches Disability and the Moving image

 white sticks.jpgBritish Film Institute, South Bank London

2002 Pathologising Disability the Cinematic Way 
5000 words - 10 pages (link is to 8500 word version)
Film and the Problem Body edited by Sally Chivers and Nicole Markotic (forthcoming in the USA)
2002 Changing Represenation of Disability in the Media
3000 words - 8 pages
Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments (2nd / New Edition), edited by John Swain, Colin Barnes (et al)
2002 Now I Know Why Disability Art is Drowning in the River Lethe (with thanks to Pierre Bourdieu) - - pp. 131 - 142 Disability, Culture and Society, edited by Nick Watson and Sheila Riddell, Pearson Education, Harlow
1999 Environments With Attitude Arts Council of England
1999 The Cinematic Construction of Physical Disability The PhD - Supervised by Professor Richard Dyer at the University of Warwick
1998 Understanding Cinematic Representation of Disability
- pp. 181 - 197
The Disability Reader: Social Science Perspectives, edited by Tom Shakespeare, Cassell, London
1997 Abortion and Disability: Is that Different
(co-written with Marie Claire Darke) pp. 67 - 74
Swimming Against the Tide: Feminist Dissent on the Issue of Abortion (Ed. Angela Kennedy)
1997 Film and Disability: From Polemical Theory to Defining Analysis Book Four: Discursive Practices, MA Disability Studies Distance Learning Course, Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies, Sheffield University
1997 Everywhere: Disability on Film - pp. 10 - 16
and Eye Witness - pp. 36 - 42
Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media, edited by Anne Pointon and Chris Davies, bfi, London
1996 Sexual Politics/Disability The Sexual Politics of Disability, edited by Tom Shakespeare, Kath Gillespie-Sells and Dominic Davis, Cassell, London
1996 Research Paper: Disabled Social Workers University of Leeds and CCETSW
1995 - 2004 Book Reviews in Sociology & Disability and Society University of Leicester / Leeds
1995 Link (Central Television): An Evaluation University of Leeds / Yorkshire TV
1994 The Elephant Man: an Analysis from a Disabled Perspective  Disability and Society, Vol. 9, No. 3:327-342 (University of Leeds)
1994 Disatnce Learning Module on Special Education University of Sheffield


White Sticks, Wheels and Crutches, Film Catalogue,