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Neurodiversity and the Creative Arts

16 November, 2020 @ 14:00 17 November, 2020 @ 18:00

November 16th (2pm-7.30pm GMT)

2pm-3.30pm GMT Panel 1: Neurodiversity and Performance

Chair: Bozhena Zoritch, Birkeck and NHS

Prithvi Perepa, Birmingham, ‘Representation of Autism in Recent Cinema’
Avi Mendelson, Dramaturg, Brandeis, ‘An Apology for Neurosingularity in The Comedy of Errors’
Alex Leggett, Birkbeck, ‘Quirky Audience Practices: Challenging Theory of Mind through Autism Self-Advocacy and Audience Participation in Oily Cart’s Unwrapped’

4.30pm-5.30 pm GMT Keynote: Jess Thom (TourettesHero) in Conversation with Laura Salisbury (Exeter)

Introduced by Laura Cushing-Harries, Birkbeck

6pm-7.30pm GMT Panel 2: Representations of Neurodiversity in Modern Creative Arts

Chair: Bethan Davies, Birkbeck and Autistica

Anna Stenning, Leeds, ‘Expanding Understanding of the “Autobiographical I” in Autistic Life Writing’
Ilona Roth, Open University, ‘Autism and the Visual Arts’
Aparna Nair, Oklahoma, ‘Representations of Epilepsy in Popular Culture’

November 17th (2-6pm GMT)

2pm-3.30pm GMT Panel 3: Neurofugitive, Neurodiverse, and Shy Creativity 

 Chair: Laura Cushing-Harries, Birkbeck

Azad Ashim Sharma, Birkbeck and Director of The87 Press – Lyric essay
Hamja Ahsan – Activist, Filmmaker, Artist, and Author of Shy Radicals
Mahlia Amatina, Abstract Visual Artist – Interview on Creative Practice

4.30pm-6pm GMT Panel 4: Early Modern Neurodiversity 

Chair: Masuda Qureshi, Birkbeck

Justin Shaw, Clark, ‘Race, Friendship and the Ethics of Care in Shakespeare’s Othello’
Amrita Dhar, Ohio State University, ‘Mad-not-mad: Lear’
Chloe Owen, Loughborough, ‘Devils and Goblins and Bears, Oh My! Early Modern Folklore and Sleep Paralysis Hallucinations’

Contact name: Laura Seymour 


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