My PhD research is in History of Autism and focuses on the idea that autism is a contact disorder.
Historically, I focus on the first psychiatrists who wrote about autism: George Frankl (1897-1975), Hans Asperger (1906-1980), Leo Kanner (1894-1981) en Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965). They described autism a disorder of contact with other people, with objects, or with the environment as a whole.
After the 1960's, the idea that autism is a contact disorder is only maintained by a few Dutch psychologists and psychiatrists, whereas in other countries the idea has been completely abondeded.
I seek to reconnect the historical discourse on autism as a contact disorder with this more recent discourse in the Netherlands.
In addition to psychology I studied philosophy. My transdisciplinary Master's Thesis sought to clarify different conceptions of 'cultural citizenship' in various disciplines.
The term cultural citizenship is used for issues of participation and representation in three areas: (1) cultural and media policy; (2) nationality and immigration; (3) minority identity and lifestyle construction.
My aim was to develop an integrated research agenda for cultural citizenship in these areas.
I self-published my thesis at GRINN, where it can be downloaded for free or be bought in print