Featured Speakers and Events


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Keynote Speaker

Sridhar Venkatapuram 

Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram is an academic-practitioner in global and public health ethics and justice. He is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Philosophy at King’s College London. He is also Deputy Director of King’s Global Health Institute and Director of Global Health Education. Dr. Venkatapuram has been at the forefront of public and global health ethics over 25 years. He is known for helping establish the area of ‘health justice’ philosophy, for engaging with and advising public/global health practitioners, and for amplifying ethical reasoning in public/global health education, research, and practice. His doctoral dissertation was the basis for his first book called Health Justice: An Argument from the Capabilities Approach. He has worked with diverse health equity organizations such as Population Council, Soros Foundations, Doctors of the World, Minorities Rights Group International and the World Health Organization (HQ, MENA). Since early 2020, he has been actively serving in a variety of ethics advisory roles at the local and international levels including the WHO COVID Guideline Development Group. Dr. Venkatapuram also founded and chairs a panel of international political philosophers helping address the ethical dimensions of the global COVID-19 response (IRG-GHJ). 


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Keynote Speaker

Lilian Magalhães

Over the last 40 years, Dr. Magalhães has worked as an academic in Brazil and Canada. She is presently an adjunct professor at the Federal University of Sao Carlo, Brazil and was an associate professor at Western University in Canada where remains a Professor Emeritus. Her research interests focus on occupational rights of vulnerable and racialized populations, with emphasis on occupational justice, intersectionality and feminism. Her scholarship has turned critical attention to exposing the pervasiveness of the colonial legacy, proposing innovative perspectives for transformational knowledge within occupational science and occupational therapy. As an example, in the last decade Dr. Magalhães and colleagues have expanded a body-map storytelling methodology that has been widely used for research and advocacy. On another front, Dr. Magalhães’ contribution has been instrumental to endorsing and enacting linguistic and epistemological diversity and dialogue, for example, through her work at the Journal of Occupational Science, as the Editor for dual-language papers (Spanish/English and Portuguese/English).


Beautiful painting of a dragon boat on the waves, painted on a wooden panel on a wooden easel

Art Gallery Event: The Art of Occupation

This gallery event showcases “the art and meaning of doing” through artistic representations of every day occupations. The artworks are created by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in occupational therapy, occupational science, and related fields. Each piece explores the form, function, and/or meaning of its chosen occupation, revealing unique insights through the combination of its subject, style, and medium. As a whole, the collection offers a broad range of perspectives through the diversity of occupations explored, and the range of media employed. It also offers insights into the creative process, and breaks down barriers between art and science while exploring the lens of occupational science through visual art.


Black and white image of a pair of boxing gloves hung in the corner of a boxing ring, with a stool placed underneath

Closing Plenary: Alone in the Ring

Tal Jarus, PhD., Laura Bulk, PhD., Christopher Cook, Laen A.D. Hershler, Yael Mayer, PhD. 

Dr. Tal Jarus and her interdisciplinary research team have been using research-based theatre to share the findings from a study investigating the experiences of Disabled students and clinicians in health and human service professions. Their play, Alone in the Ring, portrays the challenges and triumphs experienced by Disabled students and clinicians, and aims to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in health and human service professions and education. They have presented Alone in the Ring over twenty times to over 1500 audience members in a variety of settings and countries, including face-to-face and virtual performances. In bringing Alone in the Ring to WOSC 2022 we hope to continue the discussion on how to spark and sustain change towards inclusive work and learn spaces. Alone in the Ring is followed by a discussion between the team and audience members. During the presentation, audience members are encouraged to reflect: In what ways does your work and learn spaces welcome or deter Disabled people? What is your role in creating a more welcoming, inclusive space?