Meet some of them at
each evening is two brief readings or presentations, and plenty of time for chat afterwards
All are welcome. Graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty are especially encouraged.
Faculty and postdocs (and anyone else who wants) may wish to bring a bottle of wine to share.
Wednesday 28 March, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Goldwin Smith 258
(Department of English)
(Department of Human Development)
Human, but More So: what the challenges of autism tell us about the narrative construction of meaning
Matthew Belmonte is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University, and an affiliate of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. He holds an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, as well as a few degrees in neuroscience and computer science. Belmonte's research explores how the human mind represents perceptual experience, and how it imposes narrative order on these perceptual representations. He approaches this question within the framework of the sciences by studying the neurophysiology of attention in autism, and from the perspective of the arts by focusing on processes of narrative and symbolic representation.