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Representing Autism: Writing, Cognition, Disability

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Mark Priestley <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 7 Apr 2005 16:49:24 +0100

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Hi

my colleague Stuart Murray in the School of English drew attention to
this interdisciplinary conference in the US. Please reply to
[log in to unmask] and not to the list though.

Best wishes

Mark


-----Original Message-----
From: [log in to unmask]
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nicholas Petzak
Sent: 27 March 2005 17:45
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Subject: CFP: Representing Autism: Writing, Cognition, Disability
(6/15/05; SCE, 10/28/05-10/29/05)

Representing Autism:  Writing, Cognition, Disability
A conference hosted by the SCE (Society for Critical Exchange)

Disability Studies has largely overlooked the culture and discourses of
cognitive disabilities. Nonetheless, one cognitive disorder has begun to
receive a great deal of attention both in the academy and in the popular
media: 

Autism. The success of fictional works (e.g., Mark Haddon's The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and nonfictional books and films
by and about Autism/Asperger's people has fueled this attention. 

But though a number of educational, clinical and medical approaches to
Autism Spectrum Disorders have emerged and yielded a large body of
publications, the fascinating and potentially fruitful relationships
between Autism/Asperger's and the humanities have barely been explored.
With the recent dramatic rise in diagnoses of 
Autism, it is particularly urgent that we undertake such an exploration.
This conference, therefore, aims to bring together scholars in the
humanities and the cognitive sciences in order to shed new light on the
nature and forms of autistic representation and to trace the lines of
connection and demarcation between Autism/ Asperger's writing and
thinking and that of more typical human beings.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that discuss the
relationships between Autism Spectrum Disorders and representation. How
is Autism/Asperger's depicted in literary works, on film and television,
in clinical discourses, in legal documents and other textual sources?
What novel forms does autistic creativity 
assume? How does autistic representation--whether by or merely about
autists--enable us to reconsider "normal" modes of representation? What
do these representations reveal about the nature of human cognition,
ability and sociability? 

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

Autism as Text 
Autistic Cultures
Filming Autism
Writing Autistically
Autism and TV
Autism and Autobiography/biography
Autism and the Law
The Politics of Autism/Asperger's
Autism in History/Histories of Autism
Writing for Autists 
Children's Literature and Autism 
Hyperlexia 
Autism and Alternate Textualities (e.g., graphic arts, assistive
technologies, etc.) Fictions of Autism Stereotypes and Stereotypies The
Poetry of Autism/Autism as Poetry Autistic Speech vs. Autistic Writing
Autism and Deconstruction/Deconstructing Autism Criticism and
Autism/Autistic Critics

Please send paper abstracts, panel and workshop proposals, (no full
papers please!) as well as a CV no more than two pages by June 15, 2005
to Mark Osteen. mosteen[at]loyola.edu Department of English Loyola
College in Maryland 4501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210

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