Call for art submissions for Autism, Gender and Sexuality Conference

Closing Date: 15 March 2018


Location: University of Birmingham, School of Education

Remuneration: Expenses will be covered


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We are a group of autistic and non-autistic aspiring researchers interested in discussing autism, gender, sexuality, and identity from a critical stance. We seek to question normative assumptions about autism, gender, sexuality, and academic processes.

About the conference: There is growing interest amongst both autistic and non-autistic academics, as well as in autistic (online) community spaces and discussions, concerning the intersection of the autistic experience with sexuality, gender, and identity. This remains, however, an under-discussed area within academia. There are increasing explorations of a neurodiversity paradigm, which holds that neurological differences are a natural form of human diversity, and that the assumption of a ‘better, normal’ brain is a fiction. There is also an increasing awareness of the cultural, social, and political tensions at work around autism.

Therefore, it seems timely to organise a conference on this theme. This conference will be of interest to autistic and non-autistic individuals who may be students, activists, academics in autism studies, gender and sexuality studies, professionals who work with autistic individuals (psychologists, teachers, support workers etc.), allies and family members of autistic individuals. We welcome submissions from and about learning disabled autistic individuals.

What we are looking for: We are looking for academic works, but also presentations that draw on personal or work experience, as well as artwork (see below). Everyone is welcome to submit and will be considered. We are especially interested in submissions from an autistic perspective.

We welcome contributions in the following topic areas, although this is far from being a definitive list:
• Sex and sexuality (e.g. sensory specificities, sexual orientation/identity etc.)
• Sexual health and education (e.g. Existing programs, needs, personal experiences of sexual health education/ etc.)
• All aspects of relationships (e.g. relationships between autistic people or between autistic and non-autistic people, communication, social expectations, monogamy, polyamory etc.)
• Transgender and non-binary experiences (e.g. with close relationships, services providers etc.)
• Gender roles, expressions, and expectations (e.g. stereotypes, normative assumptions, gendered diagnostic biases, media representations etc.)

You are welcome to submit any other presentation that relates to autism, gender, sexuality, and identity.

Please initially send an abstract or summary of your presentation. This should be no more than 250 words, explaining the key points of what you will be talking about. Final
presentations should be no more than 15 minutes long. Please also send a bio of 150 words, saying a bit about yourself. We aim to let you know if your abstract is accepted by the 26th of March.

Registration: All delegates and attendees will need to register for the conference. The cost is £5 for British Sociological Society members, and £15 for non-members. Please go to to register for the conference.

Submission of art: We welcome the submission of artwork (such as fine art and photography) which will be physically or digitally displayed during the conference, depending on submissions. For further information, feel free to contact us.

For more information about who we are and about our conference please visit our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or subscribe to our mailing list:

Please email your submissions to: by March 15th 2018