Film and Neurodiversity

  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
Photograph of a tablet device standing vertically on a wooden work surface next to a glass jar with paint brushes and a pencil in it, and a ceramic jug vase containing dried flowers. On the table top are notepads, a pen and tubes of oil paint. On the screen is a portrait of a woman with long brown hair wearing a blue jumper and white collared top. Behind her is a book shelf and a chest of drawers with greetings cards on top. She is smiling to camera. In the top left-hand corner of the screen is a red telephone icon with other video call icons.
Dr Bonnie Evans, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait: Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join writer and researcher Dr Bonnie Evans in this online event looking at the origins of film-making at the turn of the 20th century and how this led to a new form of neurodiverse cinema only now being rediscovered.

Through film clips and photos, Bonnie will explore how this work has transformed how we think about difference, and the ways it continues to offer new perspectives on humanity in all its forms.

You will be able to watch this event on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel, and submit questions in advance or during the event using Slido. Your microphone and camera will not be on. After booking a ticket you will receive an email with joining instructions. 


About your speaker

Photograph of Dr Bonnie Evans

Dr Bonnie Evans

Dr Bonnie Evans is a lecturer at Queen Mary University and author of 'The metamorphosis of autism: A history of child development in Britain'. She completed her PhD at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, in 2010. Following that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at King’s College, London's Centre for Medical Humanities, working on a project entitled ‘Cultural and Historical Influences on Psychiatric Diagnoses’.



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British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.

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