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Thinking differently? Autism and prehistoric art

Penny Spikins

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Dr Penny Spikins, Department of Archaeology

Disability History Month Lecture

Fascinating similarities exist between some of the most impressive and remarkable examples of ice age art and the art made by talented individuals with autism. Were individuals with autism even present ten to thirty thousand years ago? and if so what possible influence could they have had on the art of these ancient hunting and gathering communities? Penny will take you on a journey through how individuals with autism think differently, what we know of social support and tolerance in the distant past, and conflicting debates about ice age art and lastly come to some perhaps surprisingly conclusions about the role of autism in the distant past.

Speaker biography: Penny Spikins is a senior lecturer in the archaeology of human origins in the Department of Archaeology. Her research interests focus on the evolution of human social and cognitive capacities and how these can be better understood through archaeological evidence. Her publications include an open access ebook The Prehistory of Autism (with Barry Wright) as well as several papers on the evolution of autism. She has also published several papers and a recent book How Compassion Made Us Human on human social evolution. 

Location: The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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