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Rowan Violet Maddox

PhD Candidate
  • E-mailEmily.Maddox@uib.no
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Rowan Maddox is writing a PhD on autism and how autistic individuals relate to, and construct, their gendered identities. In particular, how do autistic individuals negotiate their gendered identities in relation to their autism diagnosis? Their educational background is from the United Kingdom with a Master of Philosophy from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, Master of Arts in Cultural and Critical Theory and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural studies, all from the University of Leeds.

In their PhD project, Rowan studies the formations which underlay and produce our gendered understandings of pathology and how these formations are played out in the construction of autistic subjectivities. Through qualitative data collection and analysis, Rowan foregrounds the experience of autistic individuals and autistic culture as a productive method for understanding the potentials and limits of the gendered human in the 21st century. This is a project of emancipation which hopes to contribute to an emerging field which utilises holistic and wide-ranging methodologies and analysis techniques to aid in the better understanding of autism and autistic people.

At SKOK, Rowan is part of the research group Foundational Questions in Gender Research. This is an interdisciplinary group with members from across faculties and centres. Rowan is a member of international networks and seminars. They are a founding member of Works in Progress, a peer led seminar series which seeks to bridge the gap between the Social Sciences and the Humanities by providing a platform for post graduates and early career researchers to push the boundaries of our respective fields and brings new perspectives and encourages multidimensional understandings and analyses of society and culture. Rowan is a member of Feminist Readings Network, a transnational and translingual network founded to encourage and explore what it means to read with feminist and queer thought, art and pedagogy. Seminars have been held in Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; Leeds, U.K. Upcoming seminars to be held in Pretoria, South Africa and Bergen, Norway.

In 2018, Rowan wrote an article for the website Discover Society about her project.




Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Storyteller and The Mummerehlen: Reading Walter Benjamin through a Disability Lens. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. 93-108.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Maddox, Emily Violet (2021). Reading Walter Benjamin with a Disability Lens. The Storyteller and The Mummerehlen. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. 15, (1), 93–108.

MPhil thesis: Becoming Autistic: How do Late Diagnosed Autistic People Assigned Female at Birth Understand, Discuss and Create their Gender Identity through the Discourses of Autism? School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, 2020.

Rowan is writing a PhD at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK)