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Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group

In July 2019 the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group (formerly Neurodiversity Reading Group) met in London (UK)  till the pandemic (Feb 2020). Between March 2020 and April 2022 meetings have been online and attendance turned international. After this the spin-off ADHD Reading Group started. Currently no meetings of this reading are planned.

COMING MEETING​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

There are no current meetings planned. For the (spin-off) reading group currently meeting, go to the page of the ADHD Reading Group.



Meeting 1: 19 July 2019

  • Topic: Introducing neurodiversity

  • Readings:

    • Graby, Steve. (2015). “Neurodiversity: bridging the gap between the disabled people’s movement and the mental health system survivors’ movement?”. In: Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson & Bob Sapey (Eds), Madness, distress and the politics of disablement (pp.231-244): Policy Press. [available here]

    • McWade, Brigit, Milton, Damian, & Beresford, Peter. (2015). “Mad studies and neurodiversity: A dialogue”. Disability & Society, 30(2), 305-309. [available here]

Meeting 2: 16 August 2019

  • Topic: Neurodiversity and intersectionality theory

  • Readings:

    • Strand, Lauren Rose. (2017). “Charting relations between intersectionality theory and the neurodiversity paradigm”. Disability Studies Quarterly, 37(2). [available here]

    • Erevelles, N. & Minear, A. (2010). "Unspeakable offenses: Untangling race and disability discourses of intersectionality." Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 4(2), 127-146. [available here]


Meeting 3: 20 September 2019

  • Topic: Education

  • Reading:

    • Parekh, Gillian, Brown, Robert S, & Robson, Karen. (2018). "The Social Construction of Giftedness: The Intersectional Relationship Between Whiteness, Economic Privilege, and the Identification of Gifted". Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 7(2), 1-32. [available here]

    • Optional extra: Manning, Erin. (2018). "Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito. Neurodiversity, Black Life, and the University as We Know It". Social Text, 36(3 (136)), 1-24. 

​​​Meeting 4: 18 October 2019

  • Topic: Gender

  • Readings:

    • Winter, Helen, Moncrieff, Joanna, & Speed, Ewen. (2015). "'Because you’re worth it': A discourse analysis of the gendered rhetoric of the ADHD woman". Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(4), 415-434.​ [available here]

    • Ng, Isla. (2017). "The Digitization of Neurodiversity: Real Cyborgs and Virtual Bodies". Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, 38(2), 160-170. [available here]

    • Rozsa, Matthew. (2017, 15/03). "LISTEN: Black, female and autistic — hiding in plain sight. Salon talks to Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu of the Autism Women’s Network about race, gender and the spectrum". [interview available here]

Meeting 5: 22 November 2019

  • Topic: Race

  • Reading: 

    • Annamma, Subini Ancy, Connor, David, & Ferri, Beth. (2013). "Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability". Race, Ethnicity and Education, 16(1), 1-31.​ [available here]

    • Onaiwu, Morénike Giwa (2017). "Preface: Autistics of Color: We Exist... We Matter", In: Brown, Lydia XZ, Ashkenazy, E, & Onaiwu, Morénike Giwa. (Eds). All the weight of our dreams: On living racialized autism (pp.TBC). DragonBee Press.

    • Brown, Lydia X.Z. (2014). "Why the Term ‘Psychopath’ is Racist and Ableist", Available at: 

Meeting 6: 17 January 2020

  • Topic: Environment

  • Readings:

    • Gibbons, S. (2017). "Neurological diversity and environmental (in)justice: The ecological other in popular and journalist representations of autism." In S. J. Ray & J. Sibara (Eds.), Disability studies and the environmental humanities: Toward an eco-crip theory (pp. 531-551). London: University of Nebraska Press. 

    • Kafer, A. (2013). "Bodies of nature: The environmental politics of disability," Feminist, queer, crip (pp. 129-148): Indiana University Press.

Meeting 7: 21 February 2020

  • Topic: Queer

  • Reading: McRuer, Robert, & Wilkerson, Abby L. (2003). "Introduction: Special issue 'Desiring disability: Queer theory meets disability studies'." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 9(1-2), 1-24. [available here]

  • Blog post: Walker, Nick. (2015, 02/05). "Neuroqueer: An Introduction." Neurocosmopolitanism. Available at:


Meeting 8: 20 March 2020

Meeting 9: 17 April 2020

Meeting 10: 15 May 2020

Meeting 11: 19 June 2020

  • Topic: Normativity

  • Readings: 

    • Freedman, Justin E., & Honkasilta, Juho M. (2017). "Dictating the boundaries of ab/normality: a critical discourse analysis of the diagnostic criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and hyperkinetic disorder". Disability & Society, 32(4), 565-588.​ [open access version available here]

    • Huijg, Dieuwertje Dyi. (2020). "Neuronormativity in theorising agency: An argument for a critical neurodiversity approach". In: Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Nick Chown & Anna Stenning (Eds), Neurodiversity: A New Critical Paradigm (pp.213-217): Routledge. [paywall available here]

Meeting 12: 17 July 2020

  • Topic: Gender

  • Readings: 

    • Shapira, Shahar, & Granek, Leeat. (2019). "Negotiating psychiatric cisgenderism-ableism in the transgender-autism nexus". Feminism & Psychology, 29(4), 494-513. [paywall available here]

    • Davidson, Joyce, & Tamas, Sophie. (2016). "Autism and the ghost of gender". Emotion, Space and Society, 19, 59–65. [paywall available here]

Meeting 13: 21 August 2020

Meeting 14: 18 September 2020

  • Topic: Saneism

  • Readings: Wolframe, PhebeAnn Marjory. (2012). "The madwoman in the academy, or, revealing the invisible straightjacket: Theorizing and teaching saneism and sane privilege". Disability Studies Quarterly, 33(1). Available at


Meeting 15: 16 October 2020

  • Topic: Fiction

  • Readings:

    • Whitehead, Colson (1999). The Intuitionist. Available on e.g. The Book Depository (here

    • Martinez Benedi, Pilar. (2019). "Where Racial Meets Neuro Diversity: Pondering “Who’s We” in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist". Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 60(2), 179-190. [paywall available here]


Meeting 16: 20 November 2020 -- This meeting was cancelled

Meeting 17: 18 December 2020


Meeting 18: 15 January 2021

  • Topic: Neurodiversity studies

  • Readings:

    • Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Hanna, Chown, Nick, & Stenning, Anna. (2020). "Introduction". In: Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Nick Chown & Anna Stenning (Eds), Neurodiversity: A new critical paradigm (pp.1-11): Routledge. [paywall available here

    • Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Hanna, Stenning, Anna, & Chown, Nick. (2020). "Neurodiversity studies: Proposing a new field of inquiry". In: Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Nick Chown & Anna Stenning (Eds), Neurodiversity: A new critical paradigm (pp.226-229): Routledge. [paywall available here]


Meeting 19: 19 February 2021

  • Topic: Methods: participatory action research and Photovoice

  • Reading:

    • Lam, Gary Yu Hin, Holden, Emily, Fitzpatrick, Megan, et al. (2020). "’Different but connected’”: Participatory action research using Photovoice to explore well-being in autistic young adults". Autism, 24(5), 1246-1259. [paywall available here]  


Meeting 20: 19 March 2021

  • Topic: Neurobehaviourism

  • Reading: 

    • Sjöberg, Mattias Nilsson. (2018). "Toward a militant pedagogy in the name of love: On psychiatrization of indifference, neurobehaviorism and the diagnosis of ADHD—A Philosophical Intervention". Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37(4), 329-346. [open access available here

Meeting 21: 16 April 2021

  • Topic: Inclusive education

  • Reading: 

    • Liasidou, Anastasia. (2012). "Inclusive education and critical pedagogy at the intersections of disability, race, gender and class". Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10(1), 168-184.  [open access available here]  


Meeting 22: 21 May 2021

  • Topic: Applied Behavioral Analysis

  • Reading: 

    • Roscigno, Robin. (2019). "Neuroqueerness as fugitive practice: Reading against the grain of Applied Behavioral Analysis scholarship". Educational Studies, 55(4), 405-419. [paywall available here]

Meeting 23: 18 June 2021

  • Topic: Methods: co-production

  • Reading:

    • Schormans, Ann Fudge, Allan, Heather, O’Neil Allen, Donavon, et al. (2019). "Research as activism? Perspectives of people labelled/with intellectual and developmental disabilities engaged in inclusive research and knowledge co-production". In: Maria Berghs, Tsitsi Chataika, Yahya El-Lahib & Kudakwashe Dube (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism (pp.354-368): Routledge.​ [paywall available here]  

Meeting 24: 16 July 2021

  • Topic: Communication

  • Reading:

    • Woodfield, Casey L, Katherine, Vroman, Seybert, Jenn, et al. (2020). "“It would be simpler to see success without dominating discourse of ability”". Critical Education, 11(14), 31-53. [open access available here]

Meeting 25: 20 August 2021

  • Topic: Disabled capital

  • Readings: Berezin, Jared David. (2014). "Disabled Capital: A Narrative of Attention Deficit Disorder in the Classroom Through the Lens of Bourdieu’s Capital". Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(4). Available at 

Meeting 26: 17 September 2021

  • Topic: Away from phenomenological psychopathology

  • Reading: Fernandez, Anthony Vincent. (2020). "From Phenomenological Psychopathology to Neurodiversity and Mad Pride: Reflections on Prejudice". Journal of Critical Phenomenology, 3(2), 19-22. [open access available here]

Meeting 27: 15 October 2021 

  • Topic: Race & dyslexia

  • Reading: Hoyles, Asher, & Hoyles, Martin. (2010). "Race and dyslexia". Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(2), 209-231. [paywall available here]

Meeting 28: 19 November 2021 

  • Topic: Clumsiness meets dyspraxia

  • Readings:

    • Morris, Katherine J. (2010). "The phenomenology of clumsiness". In: Katherine J Morris (Ed), Sartre on the Body (pp.161-182): Springer.

    • Emma Warren (2020). “When contemporary dance meets dyspraxia” [Blog post], Wellcome Collection. Available at

Meeting 29: 17 December 2021

  • Topic: ADHD, class & distress

  • Readings: Pond, Emily, Fowler, Ken, & Hesson, Jacqueline. (2019). "The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Psychological Distress in Canadian Adults With ADD/ADHD". Journal of Attention Disorders, 23(9), 940-948. [paywall available here]

Meeting 30: 21 January 2022, 3-4.30pm (UK time)

  • Topic: Homelessness & dyslexia

  • Readings: Macdonald, Stephen J. (2015). "‘The invisibles’: Conceptualising the intersectional relationships between dyslexia, social exclusion and homelessness". In: Tom Shakespeare (Ed), Disability research today: International perspectives (pp.112-132): Routledge. [paywall available here]

Meeting 31: 18 February 2022

  • Topic: Autistic concepts of sex/gender

  • Readings: Jack, Jordynn. (2012). "Gender copia: Feminist rhetorical perspectives on an autistic concept of sex/gender". Women's Studies in Communication, 35(1), 1-17. [paywall available here]

Meeting 32: 18 March 2022

  • Topic: Motion & place; space & Tourettes

  • Readings: Davis, Kat Kleman, Davis, Jeffrey Sasha, & Dowler, Lorraine. (2004). "In motion, out of place: the public space(s) of Tourette Syndrome". Social Science & Medicine, 59(1), 103-112. [paywall available here]

Meeting 33: 15 April 2022

  • Topic: Neurodiversity & high-concussion

  • Readings: Clegg, D., & Rocha, S. D. (2018). Contrasting Political Ontologies of Neurodiversity in High-Concussion-Risk Rural Cultures. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 33(1). [Open access available here]


This was the last meeting (for now at least) of the Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group. Go to the page of the ADHD Reading Group for meetings that start May 2022.


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