NeMLA 2022 Seminar: Reading and Writing Neurodiversity

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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The term neurodiversity, coined by Judy Singer in the late 1990’s, presents brain differences such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia as natural variations rather than disorders. Like all humans, neurodivergent individuals have their own strengths and challenges, as well as their own unique ways of navigating the world, though sometimes they must mask or hide parts of themselves to socially pass within specific communities. The neurodiversity movement—a push to honor differences and extinguish stigmas—continues to gain momentum. More writers are freely writing from their neurodivergent experiences (and posting about it on social media). More students are identifying as neurodivergent and seeking representation in the readings and assignments they complete, as well as the faculty they work with. This seminar will engage conversation on neurodiversity in creative writing and literature—what it means to read, write, and teach works that touch on neurodiversity. Connecting with NEMLA’s theme, how do we approach neurodiversity with both care and nuance? Neurodivergent writers are welcome to submit creative work that draws from their experiences. Analysis of literature featuring neurodivergent characters is also welcome. Discussions regarding experiences navigating academia as a neurodivergent individual and discussions of pedagogy connected to neurodiversity and neurodiverse learners are also encouraged.

Please submit abstracts at the NeMLA portal: