Listed below are forthcoming events in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

See also all events in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Any college staff or postgraduates may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

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1 July 201515:00

“Neurodiversity & the politics of autism diagnosis” - Dr Ginny Russell (University of Exeter)

Autism diagnosis is a site of political mobilisation, as well as biomedicalisation. While some patients seek diagnosis, others argue diagnosis is damaging to their integrity. One new alliance that sometimes contests autism diagnosis is known as the neurodiversity movement. The movement comprises politically mobilised adults with autism who frame their neurological difference as a valuable aspect of human variation and argue against medical diagnosis and treatment claiming it pathologizes normal behaviour. The label of autism provides a good illustration of some of the issues within ‘sociology of diagnosis’. Here diagnosis is not only as a method of categorisation, but also a social transactional process; an intervention in itself with consequences for health. In the case of autism, diagnosis dichotomises a series of normally distributed traits, such as reciprocal social ability, communication etc. Increased application of autism diagnosis comes with clear costs and benefits; and its use is frequently contested. This talk is centred on the content of a recent grant application to the Wellcome Trust. I will present an overview of a proposed programme of work covering theoretical issues, research questions, proposed design and methods. Full details
Byrne HouseAdd this to your calendar
10 - 12 August 2015

Anthrozoology Student Conference

'Anthrozoology looks at the many dimensions of how humans and other animals interact, yet we wish to stimulate our thoughts towards the future of human-animal relations. This three day student conference will be an exciting place to discuss new ways of being and seeing animals, both within academia but also in daily practice, and what can done to facilitate better lines of communication between the two. With increasing discussions about animal sentience and salience, how can we, as researchers, respond and engage with this? We hope to inspire dialogue in how to move forward with our research, how to encourage active participation in our fields and to improve interspecies relations. Full details
Reed HallAdd this to your calendar