In the Journals

New Modes of Understanding and Acting on Human Difference in Autism Research, Advocacy, and Care — A special issue of BioSocieties

The current issue of BioSocieties is a special issue, entitled “New Modes of Understanding and Acting on Human Difference in Autism Research, Advocacy, and Care” and edited by Gil Eyal, Des Fitzgerald, Eva Gillis-Buck, Brendan Hart, Martine D. Lappé, Daniel Navon and Sarah S. Richardson. Abstracts and links to the articles are below….

New modes of understanding and

Features

Autism, sociality, and human nature

There are, I believe, a few reasons to suppose that autism is a particularly fascinating area to be studying at the moment.  What are those reasons?  Firstly, prevalence rates of autism have soared in recent decades, from 1:2,500 in 1978 to around 1:100 today: a staggering 25-fold increase.  Secondly, and simultaneously, the nature of those receiving a diagnosis of autism …

In the Journals

"Neuroscience and subjectivity": a special journal issue

The latest issue of Subjectivity — which focuses on “Neuroscience and subjectivity” — includes a number of interesting articles in the rapidly advancing discussion around neuroscience and society. In their opening Editorial (the only article available without a subscription) guest editors John Cromby, Tim Newton and Simon J Williams argue that:

[T]he neurosciences are likely to continue occupying

Features

A report on the 2010 4S conference in Tokyo

Contributed by Talia Weiner (University of Chicago)

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference this August was not just a site of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarly exchange, or a good excuse to plan a trip to Japan.  It offered, in the almost endearingly undertheorized words of the Society’s online Annual Meeting announcement, no less than “a chance …

Announcements

Critical Autism Studies Workshop

On September 24 and 25, the University of Ottawa is hosting a workshop entitled “Critical Autism Studies: Enabling Inclusion, Defending Difference,” organized by Michael Orsini, associate professor of political studies at U Ottawa and Joyce Davidson, associate professor of geography at Queen’s University.  The abstract for the workshop is reproduced below.  Please see the workshop website

In the Journals

Olga Solomon on Anthropology and the Study of Autism

More of the articles in the 2010 issue of the Annual Review of Anthropology are now available online (unfortunately only to those with subscriptions or institutional access).  One of the most interesting reviews is an article by Olga Solomon called “Sense and the Senses: Anthropology and the Study of Autism.”  Solomon is a linguist in the Department of

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