Topics in Gender Studies: Gendered Dimensions of Neurodiversity

G205 — Spring 2023

Sam Kizer
In Person (P)
Days and Times
TR 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Course Description

Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and OCD: it is highly likely that you know someone with those conditions. That someone could even be you! Those conditions and many others fall under the umbrella term "neurodiversity", but what does that term truly mean? How and why did it come into existence? In this course, you will examine an array of academic scholarship, activist movements, personal narratives, and media texts to answer those questions. Importantly, you will explore how ideas about gender shaped notions of neurodiversity and vice-versa. Situating neurodiversity as a gendered sociopolitical phenomenon will offer you a new, more nuanced set of analytical skills to better develop your understandings of identity, culture, and power.