How to talk to people with whom we disagree? Does this even make sense?

We invite you to a conversation with Zuzanna Gonera, who talks about her everyday experiences. “My name is Zuzanna and I study ethnology and cultural anthropology at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Wrocław, but both for posing and signing my drawings I use the artistic pseudonym Alraune Senta. The names are, of course, related to my greatest passion since childhood: history. I was interested in it since she was little, although she grew with me and smoothly moved from the phase of “I will dig up dinosaurs” to more realistic plans, and finally she anchored me in specializing in the history of the 20th century. My autistic special interests are various, sometimes they involve topics such as Nefertiti and Akhenaten , or Tudors, but as a rule they are stuck somewhere between the Third Reich and the Romanowani. At the moment I am dealing with two things. Firstly, it is the activity in the Denkmal Pomorze association, where we carry out registration and search work, and mainly in German cemeteries. I am very active in the topic local history, I help with museum exhibitions and searching for archival materials. And my second hobby is vintage fashion. This is a natural consequence of autistic “adaptation” to a hobby acceptable for girls, because from childhood I was taught that history is for boys. And that’s how it turned out, these two areas have grown in me and neither of them will disappear, because fashion itself is not enough for me, and at the same time I have become so fond of these clothes, which are living history, that I can’t imagine going back to contemporary clothing. You could say that everything I do is history. If I read books, they are historical novels or novels set in the past. If I listen to music, I listen to Wardruna, Mongolian hits from the 13th century or metal with historical content. My hobby is me and I am my hobby, like a person on the autism spectrum.”

More here: https://youtu.be/SC_PgRt8Kb4?si=fkcUQD6pNTtTW02X

The film is a recording of the meeting “Stereotypes about people on the autism spectrum”, which took place on April 27, 2023 as part of the “We and Them” project. The event took place at the Nadodrze Infopoint: Łokietka 5 and was under the honorary patronage of the Commissioner for Human Rights, the patronage of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Wrocław, the patronage of the SYNAPSIS Foundation and the patronage of the Lower Silesian Association for Autism.


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