Critical autism studies: exploring epistemic dialogues and intersections, challenging dominant understandings of autism

O'Dell, Lindsay and Brownlow, Charlotte and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna and Orsini, Michael and Ortega, Francisco (2015) Critical autism studies: exploring epistemic dialogues and intersections, challenging dominant understandings of autism. In: 16th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology Conference, 26th-30th June 2015, Coventry, UK.

Abstract

In this presentation we explore how our cultural contexts give rise to different kinds of knowledges of autism and examine how they are articulated, gain currency, and form the basis for policy, practice and political movements. Our aim is not to offer a cross-cultural account of autism or to assume a coherence or universality of ‘autism’ as a singular diagnostic category/reality. Rather, we map the ways in which what is experienced and understood as autism plays out in different cultural contexts, drawing on the notion of ‘epistemic communities’ (Whelan, 2007) to explore shifts in knowledge about autism, including concepts such as ‘neurodiversity’, and how these travel through cultural spaces. We outline key tensions in conceptualising autism critically as an international, critical abilities approach. The presentation explores key epistemic tensions in the dominance of ‘neuro culture’ (Ortega & Vidal, 2013), dominant constructions of personhood and what it
means to be human.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 02:15
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 04:08
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27982

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