Imagining Autism

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Journal Articles

  • Trimingham, M. (2020) ‘Sensing a Puppet, Sensing Self’, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 11.2.
  • Beadle-Brown, J. et al (2017) ‘Imagining Autism: Feasibility of a Drama-Based Intervention on the Social, Communicative and Imaginative Behaviour of Children with Autism.’ Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 22.8, 915-927.
  • Trimingham, M. & N. Shaughnessy (2017) ‘Imagining the ecology of autism’, Applied Theatre Crossings (ATC)- an annual Journal in Chinese and English.
  • Trimingham, M. & N. Shaughnessy (2016) Material Voices: Intermediality and Autism’, Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 21.32016, 293-308.
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2013) ‘Imagining Otherwise: Autism, Neuroaesthetics and Contemporary Performance’ Interdisciplinary Science Reviews Special Edition: Experiments in Theatre:  New Directions in Science and Performance, 38.4, 321-334.

Chapters in Books

  • Shaughnessy, N. (2020) ‘Acting in a world of difference: drama, autism and gender,’ in R. Ciancarelli, F. Camuti, A. Roma (eds.), Arti performative es fide sociali, monographic issue of Biblioteca teatrale, 133, January-June.
  • Trimingham, M. & N. Shaughnessy (2018) ‘Imagining the Ecologies of Autism’ in Kemp, R and B. McConachie (eds) The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science. London: Routledge.
  • Trimingham, M. (2017) ‘The ecology of Autism: vibrant space in Imagining Autism’ in Scenography expanded: contemporary perspectives on performance design  by Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer in Methuen Series Performance and Design, series editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: London.
  • Trimingham, M. (2017) ‘Surprised by Beauty: Imagining Autism’ in Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity ed by Stephanie Bunn, Informa Ltd.: London.
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2017) ’Do You See What I See? Arts, Science and Evidence in Autism Research’ in Reason, M.& N. Rowe (eds.), Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art. London Bloomsbury: Methuen.
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2017) ‘Opening Minds: the Arts and Developmental Psychopathology’, in D. Williams and L. Centifanti (eds.) Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Shaughnessy, N. and M. Trimingham (2016) ‘Autism in the Wild: Bridging the Gap between Experiment and Experience’, in P. Garrett (ed.), The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2016) ‘Valuing Performance: Purposes at Play in Participatory Theatre Practice’, in D. J. Elliott, M. Silverman and W. Bowman (eds.), Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility and Ethical Praxis, New York: Oxford University Press
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2016) ‘Curious Incidents? Pretend Play, Presence and Performance Pedagogies in Encounters with Autism’, in P. Smagorinsky (ed.), Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance: Fostering Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Trimingham M. (2013) ‘Touched by Meaning: Haptic Affect in Autism’ in Affective Performance and Cognitive Science, Body, Brain and Being in N. Shaughnessy (ed.), London: Bloomsbury.


  • Westminster Quaker House ‘How I Communicate’, organised by Kings College London, July 2019.
  • Bath Spa University, Broken Puppet 2: ‘The Inner and Outer Spaces of Imagining Autism’, April 2018.
  • University College Cork, Broken Puppet 1 ‘Puppetry and Autism’ August 2017.
  • Stony Brook University, Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, ‘Do You See what I See? Interdisciplinary Dialogues on evidencing engagement in participatory drama with autistic children’, June 2017.
  • Stockholm University, ‘Taking a step, raising a hand, moving a finger’: Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus stage and the scenographic practice of ‘Imagining Autism’, IFTR(International Federation for Theatre Research), July 2016.
  • University of Kent ‘The Funny Thing About Autism: Findings from ‘Imagining Autism’, panel paper for Comedy on the Spectrum, Jan 2016.
  • Prague Quadrennial ‘Responsive Scenography: Intra-active transactional space in ‘Imagining Autism’, July 2015.
  • ‘Beautiful Otherness and Conceptual Neuroaesthetics: materialising atypical imaginations through experiments in performance’ for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities Conference, University of Durham, April 2014.
  • ‘Feeling Different: Interacting with Autism and Affective Neuroscience through Performance and Film’  for Performing Science: Dialogues across Cultures, University of Lincoln, April 2014.
  • ‘Embodying Other Minds: engaging with autism through participatory performance’. Keynote symposium, Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance, University of Goldsmiths, 2 April 2014.
  • Participation in the IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research). Paper ‘Performance Impacts: Values, Aesthetics, and Non-Aesthetics in encounters with Science’. Paper and Open Mic presentation, ‘The World turned upside down: training practitioners in Imagining Autism’. Open Mic presentation, ‘Imagining Autism: Now I see the World’.