2018 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Layla Cameron

Equity + Justice, Sterling Prize, 2018, Health

Layla Cameron, a journalist, filmmaker, fat activist, and Simon Fraser University Ph.D. student, is the recipient of the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her work on issues surrounding body size and image, including the institutional and systemic discrimination faced by fat people.

Cameron will receive the Sterling Prize at an award ceremony held on Thursday, October 18th at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at SFU’s Vancouver campus. Following the ceremony, Cameron will give a presentation on her work, and then will be joined by a panel of respondents, including Athena Affan and Logan Trudeau. The lecture is free with registration and open to the public with a reception to follow.

As a Communication Ph.D. student, Cameron’s dissertation research analyzes the participation of fat bodies in reality television and whether fat-positive representations are possible within the genre. Cameron also produced her first film Fat Hiking Club—a documentary that follows Summer Michaud-Skog, the founder of Portland Oregon organization Fat Girls Hiking, and her mission to make the outdoors accessible for everybody and every body. Cameron’s film premiered at the 30th Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August. She is currently touring the film internationally and is integrating it into her research.

To learn more about Layla Cameron and her work, visit her Sterling Prize recipient page.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (PT)

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

About the Sterling Prize

The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy was first awarded in 1993 and remains committed to recognizing work that provokes and contributes to the understanding of controversy, while presenting new ways of looking at the world and challenging complacency. The prize recognizes work across disciplines and departments and is awarded annually by the Sterling Prize committee.


Athena Affan

Athena Affan is a fat, bi, cisgender, femme settler of Afro Caribbean descent. She is a Metro Vancouver local and has lived here her entire life. For over a decade she has supported women survivors of violence and trauma and facilitated several anti-oppression workshops for various communities and organizations. She is currently a student at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and is also a member of the guiding collective for Fat Panic! (an alliance of people of all sizes who are committed to ending the oppression of fat people, and to working towards a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body, for any reason.) She is a mother of two young children and in the abundance of spare time that parenting, studying and organizing allows, she is the steward of Iyapo Station, a book club exploring social justice themes in science fiction and fantasy works authored by people of colour.

Logan Trudeau

Logan Trudeau is a fat, gimpy queer living on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. They enjoy making things with their hands, spending time with dear friends and community, and volunteering for events such as Vancouver Folk Music Festival and The Variety Club Telethon of Hearts.


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