The cultural origins and futures of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Professor Roy Richard Grinker

The George Washington University

Roy R. Grinker is Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Director of the George Washington University Institute for African Studies, and the Editor of Anthropological Quarterly. He is the author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism (Basic Books), winner of the 2008 KEN award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In addition to his work on autism, he has published books and articles on topics such as the ethnic conflict in central Africa, the intellectual history of African Studies, and north-south Korean relations. He has conducted research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Korea, Swaziland, South Africa, India, and the U.S. Roy Grinker was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1989.


In this lecture, based on research in South Korea, India, South Africa, and among Korean-American and African-American communities in the United States, anthropologist Roy R. Grinker will address three questions relevant to... [ view full abstract ]


PL-14 » Plenary Lecture (11:40 - Sunday, 18th September, Pentland Auditorium)