My collaborators and friends from the Italian organization NeuroPeculiar, joined in the venture by Enrico Valtellina, have posted a call for contributions to the second "Almanacco TUPS" (TUPS = Tipi Umani Particolarmente Strani, "especially/particularly/uniquely odd human types/individuals").
I had the pleasure and honor of contributing to the inaugural Almanac (Nuovi disturbi autistici [New autistic disturbances])
last year, with an essay about translating and neurodivergence. I am intending to [re]translate it [back?] to English for this blog as soon as possible.
This new call twists Lorna Wing's notion of a "triad of impairments" and reclaims it for a triad of powerful features of autism from a social perspective.
The original call is linked above.. Below are two English versions.
The second is my own "re-translation" of their Italian/English call in what I feel is more US-idiomatic, but still very academic-oriented, English.
The first is a version that attempts to move closer to Plain Language, which I crafted with Steph Ban's invaluable help. It isn't really PL, as Steph rightly points out, and its non-PL qualities are still my responsibility.
Still, I hope the first version is more accessible for non-academics.
I know that Enrico and the Neuropeculiar folks want everyone who has something to say about autism -- from the perspective of ethics, epistemology, or activism -- to consider contributing. Please boost either or both versions freely.
The Autism Triad: Ethics, Epistemology, Activism (more plain version)
A group called Neuropeculiar is starting a new writing project about autism. They want people from different backgrounds to share their thoughts and ideas. They want to explore three important aspects of autism: ethics, epistemology, and activism. They want each writer to choose one aspect to focus on.
Ethics is about how people should talk about autism, treat autistic people, and offer help to them. Epistemology is about how people talk about autism today and how it has been defined in the past and present. Activism is about how Autistic people can advocate for themselves and bring about change.
The writing project is called "The Autism Triad." A doctor named Lorna Wing came up with the term “triad” many years ago to describe three negative aspects of autism. Neuropeculiar wants to take the term “triad” and give it a new meaning. The new meaning will focus on positive social ideas about autism, rather than just negative medical ideas about it.
Neuropeculiar are inviting everyone who is interested to contribute to the project.
You can write in English, Spanish, or Italian. The final version of what you write can’t be any longer than 30,000 characters including spaces.
If you want to contribute, you should send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2023:
Neuropeculiar will read your contribution and will decide if they would like to include it in the book. If they decide they do, they will tell you as quickly as possible. If they say they want to include your contribution, they will want you to send the final version to them by July 30, 2023.
The Autism Triad: Ethics, Epistemology, Activism (more elaborate version)
Building on the success of our first collection, TUPS Almanac 2022 New Autistic Disorders, Neuropeculiar proposes a new collective writing project that is different and more ambitious. This time we want to consider the state of public discourse on autism along three fundamental dimensions: the ethical dimension (ethics in relationships, ethics of interventions, ethics in proposing public discourse on the topic); the epistemological dimension, which involves defining autism as a cultural object of autism within its historical dynamics as well as present specifics, and proposing ideas for a "historical ontology" of autism (including micro-stories and pathways toward a reconstruction of the developments of the concept) as Ian Hacking has described it; and finally the "political" activist dimension of discourse on autism, how it has unfolded on the public stage, and the ways in which individuals recognize themselves in a collective and make themselves heard. These are clearly interrelated parameters, but they convey our priorities of focus.
For the title of the book we propose taking on one of the constructs repeated as a mantra since Lorna Wing posited it more than four decades ago. The “triad” is everywhere for those who engage with autism; by appropriating and re-signifying it we want to throw a switch similar to Julia Miele Rodas’s reprise in the title of her groundbreaking book of the of Kanner’s 1943 article “Autistic disturbances” — derailing the triad off the tracks of medical discourse to reset it on a path of social significance.
Anyone who finds the proposal interesting and thinks they can contribute is invited to participate. No medical or professional qualification is required, nor is any identity position within the topic, which you may make visible or not as you choose.
Maximum length of final contributions will be 30,000 characters including spaces. Contributions are accepted in the following languages: Italian, English, Spanish.
Those who are interested in participating should send the following to email@example.com by April 30, 2023: First and last name, affiliation if relevant, the proposed title of contribution and an indication of which section (Ethics, Epistemology, or Activism) they wish to place it, and a brief abstract (250 words maximum).
Once the editors confirm acceptance of the project concept, contributors will have three months to finalize and deliver their text, with a deadline of July 30, 2023.