Gemma Williams is a cognitive linguistics PhD Studentship awardee at the University of Brighton. Her research investigates the breakdowns in mutual understanding that can occur between autistic and non-autistic people, via a synthesis of interdisciplinary tools and theories, largely influenced by Relevance Theory.
Following eight years teaching English as a Foreign Language to international business users and the ‘settled community’ of asylum seekers, migrant workers and refugees, Gemma completed a Masters in ELT (English Language Teaching) at the University of Sussex. Gemma has also spent several years as a recording and internationally touring musician.
A piece of Gemma's autoethnographic creative writing from her PhD thesis, 'We're All Strangers Here', was awarded Honorable Mention in the Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2019 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Prize and is published in Anthropology and Humanism in July this year.
Gemma's talk addresses communication and 'other minds' in a clinical setting.
Download Gemma's presentation here >