Medical Humanities and the Fantastic Online Symposium:
Neurodiversity and Disability
Friday 11th February 2022
The second Medical Humanities and the Fantastic Symposium, funded by the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Medical Humanities’ Early Career Foundation Award, and co-hosted by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, continues to map and establish new ways of connecting research into the fantastic (traditionally understood as science fiction, fantasy and horror) and popular culture with the field of the medical humanities. It aims to showcase the potentials the fantastic has to offer as valuable gateway and perspective for discussing medical encounters, practices and lived experiences. The fantastic as a research method can expand the scope of the medical humanities since its modus operandi relies on reframing human understanding of the world, particularly the human condition and its relationship to technology, society, and the environment. Likewise, medical humanities offer emerging trajectories to approach the fantastic.
This time the symposium intends to focus on a specific area, and its theme is set as “Neurodiversity and Disability”, seeking to explore and formulating answers the following questions:
- How does the fantastic represent or subvert neurodiversity and disability?
- How can the fantastic help express lived experiences of neurodiversity and disability?
- How can the fantastic negotiate the reframing of current medical, social, political and economic debates surrounding neurodiversity and disability?
- How can the fantastic raise awareness, and facilitate critical and policy intervention?