ASD, ADHD… PhD! – A Guest Blog by The Autie Academic

I’ve been featured on the lovely Actually Aspling’s blog!

After a few years away from academia, I started my part time PhD in November 2020. This would be my first time as a student following my autism diagnosis, so I wasn’t sure what to expect! I chose the part time option as I work as a Spanish and Portuguese to English translator when I’m not undertaking research and I knew it would work best for me. I’m based in the Modern Languages department at the University of Birmingham and my research explores the ways in which speculative fiction in Brazil, the Hispanic Caribbean and the Diaspora can disrupt dominant discourses of identity. I work closely with questions of race and gender, and study how this work can create, reclaim and own space that is both capacious and transformative for new identities and possibilities, amplifying voices that have been historically erased by hegemonic discourse. My research exists at the intersections…

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