About

Layla Cameron (they/she) is an academic, filmmaker and journalist living on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) Nations.

As of September 2022, Layla will be a Lecturer in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where they completed their PhD (successfully defended with no revisions July 2022; conferred October 2022). Their dissertation, titled Sticky representations of fatness on contemporary reality television: Envisioning fat presents and futures, is an interdisciplinary project that situates their affective readings of reality television programs featuring superfat people within broader theoretical frameworks. Layla has a Master of Arts from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelors of Journalism and Human Rights from Carleton University.

With research interests in queer feminist cultural studies, Layla has published and presented work in the disciplines of communication and media studies, women and gender studies, fat studies, disability studies and the sociology of sport, including contributions in Intersectional Media (2021, Eds. J. Campbell & T. Carilli), Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and SocietyBIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (2020, Ed. Christina Myers), and Xtra. Layla has taught a range of undergraduate courses on topics such as new information technologies, introduction to communications, technologies of gender and sexuality, documentary media, popular culture, and video and sound production.

In October 2018, Layla won the Nora & Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for their work in academia and filmmaking. Their first short documentary film, Fat Hiking Club, has screened at festivals, conferences, and in classrooms around the world. Layla is currently working on a second documentary film, Baby Weight, with the BC & Yukon Studio of the National Film Board of Canada. Their first podcast project, FAT in YVR, supported by Telus STORYHIVE’s Voices Program, will be released in September 2022.

In their spare time, Layla enjoys letterpress printmaking, live music, and going on road trips through national parks in their campervan with their adorable rescue dog, Millie.