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Conference “Deaf scholars and innovations in Deaf Studies“

Annelies Kusters

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 at 09:00 - Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 17:15 (BST)

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Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and ends on 1st June 2017
1 Jun 2017 Free £0.00
Lunch and coffee breaks
- Two lunches (vegetarian lunch buffet + water or orange juice) - Four coffee breaks (coffee/tea/orange juice/water/biscuits)
1 Jun 2017 £32.30 £2.62
Coffee breaks
This option is just for people who bring their own lunch!
1 Jun 2017 £9.60 £1.61
Dinner at the Refinery (St Andrews Square)
If you opt for vegetarian food, or if you have special food preferences such as gluten free, please email Emmy Kauling:
1 Jun 2017 £17.00 £1.94

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8:15-9:00 Registration


9:00-10:00 Innovations in Deaf Studies: Critically mapping the field (Annelies Kusters, Maartje De Meulder and Dai O’Brien)


10:00-10:30 Afterword to the book Innovations in Deaf Studies (Paddy Ladd)


10:30-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Academic and Community Interactions in the Formation of Deaf Studies in the United States (Joseph J. Murray)


11:30-12:00 The Emergence of a Deaf Academic Professional Class during the British Deaf Resurgence (Maartje De Meulder)


12:00-12:45 PANEL: The relationship between academics and public policy: An exploration in the context of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015

(Panel organisers: Steve Emery and Thomas Lichy. Panelists: Maartje De Meulder, Avril Hepner, Graham Turner, Mark Wheatley)


12:45-14:15 Lunch


14:15-14:45 When Inclusion Excludes. Deaf, Researcher—Either, None, or Both (Hilde Haualand)


14:45-15:15 Negotiating Language Practices and Language Ideologies in Fieldwork: A Reflexive Meta-Documentation (Lynn Y-S Hou)


15:15-16:00 PANEL: Academization of signed language(s): part one: Languages and modalities in academic discourse (Panel organisers: Christian Rathmann and Thomas Geissler. Panelists: Radka Novakova, Deniz Ilkbasaran (TBC), Joseph Murray, Rezenet Moges-Riedel, Liona Paulus, Hilde Haualand, Graham Turner)


16:00-16:30 Break


16:30-17:00 Deaf-led Deaf Studies: Using Kaupapa Maori Principles to Guide the Development of Deaf Research Practices (Dai O’Brien)


17:00-17:30 Cripping Deaf Studies and Deaf Literature: Deaf Queer Ontologies and Intersectionality (Rezenet Moges)


17:30-18:15 PANEL: Researcher positionality in Deaf Studies (and beyond) (Panel organiser: Hilde Haualand. Panelists: Lindsay Dunn, Kaj Kraus, Jemina Napier, Kate Rowley, Alys Young)


19:30 onwards: Conference dinner in The   Refinery (St Andrew Square) (Note: Maximum capacity: 120. You need to book   and pay in advance)





9:30-10:00 Authenticating Ownership: Claims to Deaf Ontologies in the Global South (Erin Moriarty Harrelson)


10:00-10:45 PANEL: Congratulations on your engagement? Perspectives on working with deaf communities in the global South (Panel organiser: Nick Palfreyman. Panelists: Audrey Cooper, Philippa Merricks, Sujit Sahasrabudhe)


10:45-11:15 Break


11:15-11:45 A Dialogue on Deaf Theology: Deaf Ontologies Seeking Theology (Hannah Lewis and Kirk VanGilder)


11:45-12:15 Intergenerational Responsibility in Deaf Pedagogies (Marieke Kusters)


12:15-13:00 Academization of signed language(s): part two: International Sign in Academic Discourse (Panel organisers: Annelies Kusters and Christian Rathmann. Panelists: Arlinda Boland, Arunas Brazinskas, Kang-Suk Byun, Eric Lawrin, Jemina Napier, Outi Toura-Jensen)


13:00-14:30 Lunch


14:30-15:00 Sign Language Peoples’ Right to be Born: The Bioethical Debate in Karawynn Long’s “Of Silence and Slow Time” (Rachel Mazique)


15:00-15:30 Visual Methods in Deaf Studies: Using Photography and Filmmaking in Research with Deaf People (Dai O'Brien and Annelies Kusters)


15:30-16:15 PANEL: Research priorities in Deaf Studies (Panel organisers: Maartje De Meulder and Dai O'Brien. Panelists: Mark Berry, John Bosco Conama, Sabine Fries, Christian Rathmann, Mette Sommer)


16:15-16:45 Break


16:45-17:10 Deaf mobilities across international borders: Visualising intersectionality and translanguaging (MobileDeaf) (Annelies Kusters, Steve Emery, Erin Moriarty Harrelson, Amandine le Maire)


17:10-17:30 Closing of the conference (Maartje De Meulder and Joseph Murray)


While the official conference languages are BSL and IS, we recognize that participants (and deaf people in general) come from a wide range of language backgrounds and we are committed to working with all to ensure that people can communicate in their preferred language and modality. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, accommodation requests or if there is something we can do to make the conference more accessible.

If you have any practical inquiries, please contact Emmy Kauling ( If you have questions about the scientific programme, please contact Annelies Kusters (

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Heriot-Watt University
School of Social Sciences
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 at 09:00 - Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 17:15 (BST)

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