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TITLE: “The construction of autistic people by autism researchers: a mixed method study on discourse, dehumanization, and stigma.”
In this webinar, Dr Monique Botha will discuss the findings from a mixed method study conducted with Dr Eilidh Cage investigating how researchers talk about autism and autistic people.
The mixed-method study invited autism researchers to talk about autism, autistic people, what they believed “caused” autism, and what they believed should be the focus of autism research.
The findings will be discussed with a particular focus on the many implications for how research-based discourse can be responsible for generating and sustaining the stigmatisation of autistic people, and how cues for stigma and dehumanisation can be embedded in the language we use to describe autistic people.
Monique is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Stirling. Their research interests include minority stress, mental health, and the autistic community. They are also engaged in the theoretical and ethical implication of autism research.
The webinar takes place online on Thursday, 3rd February 2022, at 16.00-17.00 GMT.