Update--Bright Lines: Culture On the Autism Spectrum (deadline extended to August 1)

full name / name of organization: 
Jes Battis, Department of English, University of Regina
contact email: 
jbattis@gmail.com

Update: the deadline for abstracts has been extended to August 1, 2012. You may send abstracts to: jbattis@gmail.com

"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

The autism spectrum on television: Glee, Parenthood, Community, Criminal Minds, and other programs.

Cinematic representations: Adam, The Social Network, Mozart and the Whale, Temple Grandin, Molly, Rain Man.

Youtube films made by people on the spectrum (including vlogs like Wrong Planet and Injured Minds)

Literary characters on the spectrum.

Nonfiction by Hans Asperger, John Elder Robison, Temple Grandin, Kamila Markram, Rudy Simone, Jesse Saperstein, and others.

Aspergirl culture and the popular representation of women on the spectrum.

Youth culture and the neurodiversity movement.

Parallels between aspie culture and nerd culture.

Autism in academia.

Gender and sexuality on the spectrum.

Theories (such as Intense World Theory) applied to autism.

Histories of autism and premodern representations.

Abstracts (500-1000 words) are due by August 1/2012

Send abstracts to: jbattis@gmail.com

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
poetry
popular_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond