Doing it differently: emancipatory autism studies within a neurodiverse academic space

Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna; Kourti, Marianthi; Jackson-Perry, David; Brownlow, Charlotte; Fletcher, Kirsty; Bendelman, Daniel and O'Dell, Lindsay (2019). Doing it differently: emancipatory autism studies within a neurodiverse academic space. Disability & Society, 34(7-8) pp. 1082–1101.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2019.1603102

Abstract

In the current research climate, in which many autistic and autism communities are increasingly calling for a move towards collaborative forms of research, we consider how a loosely formed epistemological community may serve to challenge ‘business as usual’ in the academy. Mindful of the need to move beyond theory, we use this experience to concretely consider how knowledge about autism and neurotypicality can be meaningfully (co)-produced, and made available both to the research community and also to autistic and autism communities. Here, we use our own co-production of this article to explore how autistic experience may trouble normative meanings of academic knowledge production. We also consider the limits and possibilities of a neurodiverse research collaboration to reflect on ways in which a loose epistemological space may serve to contribute to knowledge about both autism and neurotypicality, adding to debate around collaborative research.

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