Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities

An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds

Autism and Human Variation – Talk by Stuart Murray, 22 October

22 October 2012, 6.30 for 7pm

White Cloth Gallery, 24-26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT


Centre head Prof Stuart Murray will be giving a talk as part of the Love Arts Leeds Festival 2012 for the Leeds Salon.

Autism is one of the most discussed medical conditions in contemporary society. It is also one of the most misunderstood. For many, it is a disability that poses serious difficulties in engaging with the world. For others, it is a welcome indication of the wide variation inherent in the human condition. Biomedical research that aims to discover the genetic and neurological basis of autism may lead to new forms of treatment, but is treating autism appropriate? Vast sums of money are being invested to find a ‘cure’ for autism, but some autistic people believe that the results of such research could be tantamount to genocide. In an era of genetic advances and prenatal screening, but also of disability rights and the acceptance of difference, what do we think we know about autism? Do we see it as part of our collective future, or as a condition we would rather be without?

Visit Leeds Salon for tickets and more info.


Is autism just another identity? Sandy Starr, Spiked, 23 April 2012

Autistic Impressions, BBC Magazine, 10 August 2009

‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’, Spiked Review of Books, December 2008

2 comments on “Autism and Human Variation – Talk by Stuart Murray, 22 October

  1. David Cooke
    10 September, 2012

    Sounds like a refreshingly unbiased approach.

  2. Pingback: This coming Monday: Autism and Human Variation – Talk by Stuart Murray, 22 October « Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities

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