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In Conversation with Alex Heron

December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join York St John alumna Alex Heron for a fascinating discussion on her photography project ‘Breadth: Spanning the Spectrum’.

About this event

To mark York Disability Week, join YSJ alumna and photographer Alex Heron for a conversation about her intensely personal photography project, ‘Breadth: Spanning the Spectrum’, which aims to challenge preconceptions of people living with autism. In conversation with Professor Esther McIntosh (York St John University), Alex will explore what it means to be autistic and how sharing personal stories helps to challenge stigma. With BSL interpreter.

About Alex Heron

YSJ alumna Alex Heron is an autistic, documentary-style analogue photographer. After completing her BA in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, followed by an MA in Visual Communication, Alex began her photography project entitled ‘Breadth: Spanning the Spectrum’. The project, taken exclusively on medium format film, aims to tell the stories and celebrate the lives of autistic people from all walks of life, in a bid to dismantle some of the perceived limitations and pervasive stereotypes surrounding what it means to be autistic. Since the commencement of her project in January 2021, Alex has had her work published by Vogue Italia five times, appeared on BBC radio, and most recently, presented her project, alongside her own story at The Photography and Video show, hosted at the NEC.

About Professor Esther McIntosh

Esther McIntosh holds a BD (Hons) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen. She held a lectureship in Religion, Gender and Ethics at the University of Leeds until 2008, before joining York St John University. Her work is interdisciplinary, predominantly in the fields of feminist theology and ethics, and underpinned by a concern for gender justice. Her publications include John Macmurray’s Religious Philosophy: What it Means to be a Person and ‘Public Theology, Populism and Sexism: The Hidden Crisis’. She is currently in the final stages of a two-year project exploring chaplaincy support for trans and non-binary staff and students at Anglican foundation universities, funded by the Church Universities Fund and York St John University.

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December 2, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


York St John University


De Grey Court Lecture Theatre (DG/017) York St John University Lord Mayor’s Walk York YO31 7EX
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