Wednesday November 22nd: Culture, Medicine and Power Conversation with Dr Des Fitzgerald “Tracing Autism”

We are delighted to announce that the Culture, Medicine and Power (CMP) research group at GHSM is having a conversation with Des Fitzgerald on Wednesday 22 November from 3-5 pm in Room 3.1.1.

Dr Des Fitzgerald

Des is a Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University, and was (for those who have not met him) a Postdoctoral Research Associate here at GHSM working in the Urban Brain Lab with Nikolas Rose and Ilina Singh.

We will discuss the introduction and conclusion from Des’s new book “Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Affective Labour of Neuroscience” (2017, University of Washington Press).

If you are interested in joining us, please email Dr Tara Mahfoud who will send you the chapter PDFs (

Alternatively, you can support Des by purchasing the book at the following link:
(Use discount code: WST30 for 30% off)
Some reviews of the book:
“The work is engaging, thoughtful, and challenging.Tracing Autism makes an innovative contribution to autism studies, studies of science and affect, and the sociology of medical knowledge.”
-Chloe Silverman, author of Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors, and the History of a Disorder

Tracing Autism offers a theoretically rich and alternative perspective that departs from a critique of neuroscience to highlight how scientists ‘move in, around, and out’ with the complexities, anxieties, and ambiguities of autism neuroscience and the developing brain.”
-Jennifer S. Singh, author of Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science
“Much more than a study of the making of a specific diagnostic category, this beautifully written book helps us to understand the hopes, the passions, and the ambivalences of scientists at work at the intersections of neuroscientific research, clinical practice and personal commitment.”
-Nikolas Rose, King’s College London
“Beautifully written and lucidly argued, Tracing Autism shows us how to think in more entangled, capaciousm, and affecting ways about the social life of neuroscience.”
-Elizabeth A. Wilson, author of Gut Feminism
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