BA (University of King’s College), MA (University of Toronto), MI (University of Toronto), PhD (York University)
Dr. Ben Mitchell is an ALA certified librarian, curator, editor, and scholar in science and technology studies and the history of science, technology, and medicine.
During his studies, Dr. Mitchell received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Canada Graduate Scholarship at both the Master’s and PhD levels. His dissertation, Dancing in Chains: A History of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Physiological Relativism, explored Friedrich Nietzsche’s relationship to popular medical debates about physiological research, education, and themes of dynamic self-regulation and the relativity of sensation. He has also taught, lectured, and published on topics related to science, physiology, and the occult in the nineteenth century, culminating in his paper “Capturing the Will: Imposture, Delusion, and Exposure in Alfred Russel Wallace’s Defence of Spirit Photography” in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. While completing his “Nietzsche Book” his scholarly interests have grown to include concepts of neurodiversity and neurodivergent self-advocacy and self-understanding.
Dr. Mitchell spent two years as the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Beyond Borderlands, where he performed extensive outreach work with academics, writers, and artists working on themes related to the uncanny and organized open mics and other salon events around Toronto. As an assistant curator at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, he worked with members of the LAMP Community Health Centre and other disability advocates in Etobicoke to develop, deliver, and evaluate tours, exhibits, articles, and public programs that reflected the diversity of views surrounding the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital.
Currently, Dr. Mitchell is looking for stable work in any of his chosen fields.
(Image courtesy of Life by Selena Photography)