Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film in the School of English at the University of Leeds, and Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities, will be guest speaker at the CHH on May 28th, 2012. On that occasion Murray will present a paper on his research on the cultural representations of disability, especially autism. Because of the various differences it embodies, autism offers a particular vantage point on the questions that surround the idea of what constitutes ‘the human’. This can take the form of prejudicial discrimination, but can also potentially offer a productive revision of ideas of self and agency. The paper presented by Murray will look at ideas of autism in relation to writing, critical/radical humanism, and the emergence of the category of the posthuman; and it will consider questions surrounding media, technology, clinical diagnosis and autism advocacy.
Murray is the author of “Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination” (Liverpool University Press, 2008) and “Autism” (Routledge, 2011 – the launch title in Routledge’s new ‘Integrating Science and Culture’ series).
The talk will start at 5pm in room K6.63, Strand Campus. For more information email julia.howseATkcl.ac.uk