CFP: Autism and Representation Colloquium (UK) (11/1/05; 2/24/06)
Autism and Representation Friday 24th Feb 2006
A colloquium hosted by the Association for Research in Popular Fictions at Liverpool John Moores University
This colloquium seeks to consolidate, encourage & advance the growing body of cultural analysis concerned with cognitive disabilities, especially autism.
The rising rate of diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders coupled with the popularisation of neurological research (not to mention the popularity of a certain well known novel) has made autism the disorder 'de rigueur' for the beginning of the 21st century.
This colloquium aims to map out the discursive challenges, limits, dangers and potentialities of this cultural phenomenon.
Does autism represent a paradigm shift for cultural studies, or indeed, the humanities? How, in the reflexive awareness of the influence of our work, can cultural theorists respond to such a phenomenon while respecting the integrity of autists and their communities?
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Autism and art
Autism and history
Autism and the media
Autism and literature
Autism and poetry
Autism and the internet
Autism and advocacy
Autism and gender
Autism and popular cinema
Autism and documentary
Autism and childhood
Autism and adulthood
The contemporary 'rediscovery' of autism
Autism, cognitive impairment and contemporary disability theory
Autism and psychoanalysis
Medicalised discourses of autism
Contemporary representations of neuroscientific research
Photography and Autism
Autism and Genre
Autism and autobiography/life writing
We seek papers from any perspective within the humanities that addresses the cultural impact of different articulations of autism.
Abstracts of 250 words with a brief biography are invited for submission by 1st Nov 2005. Please submit to mcairose_at_livjm.ac.uk
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or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu
Received on Mon Aug 22 2005 - 10:51:28 EDT