Autism@Manchester Talk: "Fantastic Autistics and Where to Find Them"

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Lecture Theatre A, Zochonis Building

Lecture Theatre A

Zochonis Building

Manchester

M13 9PL

United Kingdom

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Narratives of 'Cognitive Estrangement' or; Fantastic Autistics and Where to Find Them by David Hartley

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Wednesday 16th October, 4:00 – 5:00pm

David Hartley, PhD Creative Writing

Venue: Zochonis Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

Abstract: Autistic identity has had a long and complex relationship with the rhetoric of science fiction; from the casual use of the phrase ‘like an alien from another planet’ to the intimation of robotic brains in the ‘wired differently’ metaphor. But autistic people have also found productive and affirming narratives in the fantastical genres, not least in the identification of ‘autistic-ish’ heroes such as Spock from Star Trek and The Doctor from Doctor Who.

What alternative vision of autistic identity can the fantastical genres help explore? And how might this intersection of neurodifference and genre encourage a reconfiguration in the narratives of both? This talk will explore the ‘estrangement’ of autism within the intersections of neurodivergent writings, science-fiction theory and the encounters explored in my own creative practice.

For the university map, see here: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=6507 and https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=648

What to Expect

When you arrive, you will be expected to sign in so we can see who has attended. You may take a seat anywhere in the lecture theatre. There will be a brief introduction to Autism@Manchester. Following this, David Hartley will deliver his talk, which will last approximately 45 minutes. Please keep any questions for the end of the talk as there will be around 10 minutes for questions and comments. After this, we will kindly ask you to complete a brief feedback form which allows us to see the impact of this events and also improve futures ones. There will also be the opportunity to sign up to the Autism@Manchester mailing list.

Accessibility information

Directions within the Zochonis Building:

Stairway access:

Enter through the main entrance and come to the stairways. Go down the first small set of stairs. Continue down the stairs on your right. At the bottom, turn left down down a small corridor. The Lecture Theatre A will be on your left just after the power assisted doors.

Lift access:

Enter through the main entrance. The lift will be on your right. Go down to level -1. Exit the lift and turn right through the doors. Take another right down a small corridor. The Lecture Theatre A will be on your left just after the power assisted doors.

The nearest car park is the Aquatics Car Park – car park B on the campus map. Postcode: M13 9SS.

This is a 5-minute walk to the Zochonis Building.

Levels 1 – 6 are public parking, operated by NCP, https://www.ncp.co.uk/

Public parking is available on Levels 1 – 6:

2 hours: £2.50

2 to 4 hours: £4.20

4 to 9 hours: £6.00

9 to 24 hours: £10.00

This car park accepts cards, allowing you to pay on the day.

There are 26 disabled bays available at this car park.

For further information, see here: https://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/manchester-aquatic-centre-jv/

The nearest train station is Oxford Road Station, a 17-minute walk to the Zochonis Building. Follow Oxford Road south of the station, turning left at Brunswick Street.

The nearest metro-link station is St. Peter’s Square station, a 23-minute walk to the Zochonis Building. Follow Oxford Road south of the station, turning left at Brunswick Street.

We want to make these events as welcoming and accessible as possible to everyone, especially to autistic people.

Sensory Needs: We will try and reduce background noise and other distractions during this talk. We ask attendees to try to reduce distracting noises. Mechanisms to reduce sensory issues are totally acceptable. Attendees are requested not to remark on tinted glasses, ear-plugs/defenders, headphones, or any other aids.

Silent Clapping: The sound of many people clapping together can be uncomfortable or painful to some autistic people. For this reason, we invite you to replace the traditional clap with a wave of the hands. Don’t worry if you forget (it takes a bit of practice!), even if a few people clap, the overall noise level will have been reduced.

Autistic behaviours: Repetitive movements or behaviours, echolalia, distractibility, fidgeting or moving about, different or impaired conversation skills, avoidance of eye contact, perseveration (obsessiveness), are expected and accepted. Please try to bear in mind the need for speakers / attendees to be heard.

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Lecture Theatre A, Zochonis Building

Lecture Theatre A

Zochonis Building

Manchester

M13 9PL

United Kingdom

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