Online conference: Neurodiversity and the Creative Arts, 16-17 November

A free online conference exploring neurodiversity and creativity, foregrounding neurodiverse perspectives.

To reserve a place or ask a question, please email

Places for the live event are limited. However, captioned versions of all the talks will be available in the weeks after the event has ended.


November 16 (2pm-7.30pm GMT)

2pm-3.30pm GMT Panel 1: Neurodiversity and Performance

Chair: Bozhena Zoritch, Birkbeck and NHS

  • Prithvi Perepa, Birmingham, ‘Representation of Autism in Recent Cinema’
  • Avi Mendelson, Dramaturg, Brandeis, ‘An Apology for Neurosingularity in The Comedy of Errors
  • Alex Leggett, Birkbeck, ‘Quirky Audience Practices: Challenging Theory of Mind through Autism Self-Advocacy and Audience Participation in Oily Cart’s Unwrapped

4.30pm-5.30 pm GMT Keynote: Jess Thom (TourettesHero) in Conversation with Laura Salisbury (Exeter)

6pm-7.30pm GMT Panel 2: Representations of Neurodiversity in Modern Creative Arts

Chair: Bethan Davies, Birkbeck and Autistica

  • Anna Stenning, Leeds, ‘Expanding Understanding of the “Autobiographical I” in Autistic Life Writing’
  • Ilona Roth, Open University, ‘Autism and the Visual Arts’
  • Aparna Nair, Oklahoma, ‘Representations of Epilepsy in Popular Culture’

November 17 (2-6pm GMT)

2pm-3.30pm GMT Panel 3: Neurofugitive, Neurodiverse, and Shy Creativity 

Panel recording (1:39:50)

Chair: Laura Cushing-Harries, Birkbeck

  • Azad Ashim Sharma, Birkbeck and Director of The87 Press – Lyric essay
  • Hamja Ahsan – Activist, Artist, Writer, Curator
  • Mahlia Amatina, Abstract Visual Artist – Interview on Creative Practice

4.30pm-6pm GMT Panel 4: Early Modern Neurodiversity

Chair: Masuda Qureshi, Birkbeck

  • Justin Shaw, Clark, ‘Race, Friendship and the Ethics of Care in Shakespeare’s Othello
  • Amrita Dhar, Ohio State University, ‘Mad-not-mad: Lear’
  • Chloe Owen, Loughborough, ‘Devils and Goblins and Bears, Oh My! Early Modern Folklore and Sleep Paralysis Hallucinations’

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