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Exploring autism in the cinema
Film plays a very significant role in shaping how we understand and respond to autism. Representations of autism on TV and in the cinema get everyone talking.
From Elvis to The A Word, Hannah Ebben, a PhD student at The Autism Centre, will explore with the audience her research on the different ways in which autism has been conceptualised and represented in film, and together we will consider the impact of these images on the lives of people who identify as autistic and their families. Sheffield has a committed autism community, and this event will provide Hannah with an opportunity to introduce her research to them.
The event will take place in Sheffield Hallam’s own cinema, The Void, to introduce a new audience to this little-known gem. After Hannah’s presentation, Professor Nick Hodge will facilitate an audience discussion on the issues raised.
The Void Cinema is located at Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Owen Building (https://www.shu.ac.uk/visit-us/how-to-find-us/city-campus-plan), Level 1. The easiest way to get there is via the main lift lobby in the Owen building.
For more information contact:
- Hannah Ebben
Life at university: autistic voices reveal all
Higher education positions itself as an accessible environment for learning. For some this has been the case, but for others higher education has been anything but.
This event will introduce the audience to my (Stephen Connolly’s) PhD research on how autistic students experience life at university. Alongside some of the students who are participating in my research we will share some of our experiences as autistic students studying at university. We will then use these as a starting point for a facilitated audience discussion.
This event will reflect back our experiences (both good and bad) to enable a discussion around accessibility and inclusion of individuals who identify as autistic. Professionals dictate the Autism agenda, and this event will be a rare opportunity to hear autistic people talking and researching for themselves. The event is being held at Hallam to reflect the environment under debate.