Autism in the Cinema: Free Event, Today, Sheffield Hallam University

Today The Autism Centre hosts an exciting event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Exploring autism in the cinema

Location: The Void Cinema, Floor 1, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University Date: 5 November 2016 Time: 11:00 – 13:00

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 (, Level 1.  The easiest way to get there is via the main lift lobby in the Owen building.

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About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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