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Playing A/Part: Autistic Girls, Identities and Creativity

Conference 2021

Beyond Stereotypes

A 2.5 day conference sharing new research about autism and gender

8-10th September 2021

In this 2.5 day online conference (via zoom) we will share new research about autism and gender, and how we are challenging the stereotypes with three themes: recognition, education and futures.

Online Conference

REGISTRATION via Eventbrite (free) – follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163351309163

Full programme coming soon! When you register you will have online access to:

Keynote speakers (randomly listed)

Dr Meng-Chuan Lai; Dr Fiona Gullon-Scott; Dr Judith Hebron & Prof Caroline Bond; Dr Joanne Limburg; Sarah Wild & girls from Limpsfield Grange; Robyn Steward; Dr Prithvi Perepa

Presenters (confirmed so far)

  • Day 1 – recognition: Sarah Grant; Chloe Farahar & Annette Foster; Henry Wood & Bonnie Wong; Mairi Evens
  • Day 2 – education: Holly Judge &Lorraine MacAlister; Sumita Majumda; Juliet Wood; Sophie Phillips; Catriona Stewart, Ruth Moyse & Erin Davidson;
  • Day 3 – futures: Danielle Rudd; Shona Murphy; Rachel Moseley; Cathie Long & Esther Whitney

Future keynotes

  • Day 2 – PANEL: Brett Heasman, Catherine Crompton & Eilidh Cage


  • A space to honour Dr Dinah Murray


In person public event

Wed 8th September (on campus)


  • WOW – Welcome to Our World Exhibition – Jarman (Studio 3 + online gallery)


Book for in-person attendance via the Gulbenkian (TBC).

  • Animation film “I Feel Different” screening + Round table: “Futures for autistic girls: diagnosis, education, and beyond” (Gulbenkian Cinema)
  • Katherine May reading from the “Electricity of Every Living Thing” immersed in the “zones of flow (iii)” installation. Presented in association with ICCI.

Social Media

Join the conversation on social media via Twitter @PlayingA_Part and use the hashtag #BeyondStereotypes and #PlayingAPart

There will also be a dedicated channel for chatting with conference delegates via https://discord.com/ (details to follow)

Please note that whenever we use the term autistic girls, we are also referring to women and marginalised gender identities.