Hannah Ebben
The Construction Of (In)Visibility In Cultural Representations Of Autism

Hannah’s work considers the way in which the term ‘autism’ is used in an everyday context and what this could tell us about power relations behind claims to the truth on the condition. Ultimately, such critical considerations of discursive practices surrounding the concept of autism aims to empower people who identify as autistic themselves, as their voices have long been regarded as scientifically unproven and impossible.

This presentation deconstructs the binary opposition between the visible and the invisible disability, by focusing on how two case studies from 2011 anticipate on social expectations of the visibility of autism.
The CBBC Newsround special “My Autism and Me” renders the abstract topic of autism comprehensible for younger viewers, whereas the Hollywood film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close encourages speculation on the condition of the protagonist.