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Autism through Cinema: Co-creation and the unmaking of knowledge

Eastwood, Steven, Evans, Bonnie, Gaigg, Sebastian, Harbord, Janet, Milton, Damian (2022) Autism through Cinema: Co-creation and the unmaking of knowledge. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, . ISSN 0951-8398. E-ISSN 1366-5898. (doi:10.1080/09518398.2022.2025492) (KAR id:97643)


This article discusses the methodological approach of a collaborative research project situated at the intersection of autism and cinema. The Autism through Cinema project stages an encounter between the titular terms in order to challenge the neurotypical assumptions that underpin cinema as an apparatus, and to mobilise new cinematic potentialities. Structured over a period of four years, the project undertakes a series of collaborations between different disciplines (Film Archaeology, Film Practice, History, Psychology, and Sociology) and between autistic and non-autistic thinkers and makers, as well as in partnership with institutions external to academia. Methodologically the motivation for the project is to reverse engineer research methods used historically in film history, film making and psychiatry to produce inversions of perception, power and classification, and furthermore to explore what kind of cinema is possible if it is reconfigured through autistic experience.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09518398.2022.2025492
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism; neurodivergence; co-creation; archive film; proxemics
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Funders: Wellcome Trust (
Depositing User: George Austin-Coskry
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 10:05 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:27 UTC
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