Autism Online Journal Club Update 9.12.20


Due to very high interest in the Online Journal Club on the 16th December, we have made a change to the registration and the Zoom link. Please do not try to access the Journal Club by the old Zoom link. 

We ask that those who are interested in attending the session please email Dr Jill Bradshaw at . You will then receive the new Zoom link and details on how to join the session via email. 

We apologise for this change and look forward to seeing those who attend on the 16th December. 

Krysia Waldock

Autism Online Journal Club


Date and time: 16th December 2020, 16:00-17:00 London time

This is our first Autism Online Journal Club. Our aim is to provide a platform to showcase good autism research.

Our first presentation will be by Dr Damian Milton.  Damian works as a part-time lecturer at the University of Kent.  He has been teaching in the further/ higher education sectors since 2000 in a range of subject areas relating to autism and learning disabilities. 

Damian will be presenting a co-authored paper on ‘A critical reflection on the development of Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC)’. Following a short presentation, there will be an opportunity for discussion.

  1. How can we as a research community build small steps toward participation, yet at the same time avoid tokenistic gestures?
  2. How do we help each other with the emotional labour of being an autistic researcher researching autism (taking into account how we are often written about)?
  3. How can we access funding and work with allies?
  4. What are the potential benefits of being an ‘outsider researcher’?

People will be able to take part in discussions verbally or using the chat function.

Emerald has provided the paper in free access until 31st December 2020:

Free attendance.  Please click on the link to join

Meeting ID: 853 0095 3489  Passcode: 294214

For more information please email

Postponement of PARC conference / encouragement of online activity


We are sorry to announce that we will be postponing the PARC Critical Autism Studies Conference that was scheduled for June 2nd 2020, probably until into the new year. With the cancellation and postponement of face-to-face events this year, we would like to encourage the PARC network to think creatively about sharing their ideas and work online.

Understanding PDA workshop – University of Nottingham


Tuesday April 21st 2020 10am-4pm University of Nottingham.

The Autism Research Team at the University of Nottingham are organising a workshop on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in collaboration with PARC (Participatory Autism Research Collective) members Damian Milton and Richard Woods.

Eventbrite page for registration click here. Continue reading

Representations of autism – research workshop


A one day workshop on representations of autism in cinema. 10am-4pm Monday 20th April 2020 at Queen Mary, University of London. This workshop is part of the Autism and Cinema project. For more information, please contact Vicki Thornton ( or visit

Eventbrite link for event registration click here. Continue reading

Living a good autistic life – Wenn Lawson. First of series of events to celebrate PARC’s 5th Birthday.


To begin our celebrations of five years of PARC, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Wenn Lawson who will be presenting on the topic of ‘living a good autistic life’. 5-7pm Room V211 London South Bank University, Tuesday 24th March 2020. Admission is free but places will be limited. To book a place please email  Continue reading

PARC conference 4th June schedule announcement


In partnership with the Critical Autism and Disabilities Studies (CADS) Research Group at London South Bank University (LSBU). Third Critical Autism Studies Conference. 04-07-19.

Funded and hosted by LSBU.

K2 Building. Southwark Campus. Room Vg10.

The schedule of presentations for the upcoming critical autism studies conference on the 4th June at Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Road, London South Bank University (LSBU) can be seen below.  Registration for this event is available here. Continue reading