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  • Mike Gulliver 9:35 am on May 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Call for papers: Deaf World/Hearing World – Berlin, December 2012 

    Please note, this is being organised by a third party and is presented  here for information only. Any follow-up or questions, please address them directly to the organisers of the conference. Thank you :)

    Deaf World/Hearing World: Spaces, Techniques, and Things in Culture and History

    –Sponsored by the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and Project Biocultures, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The history of deafness presents an exemplary model of a community mobilization for the recognition of a cultural  identity. It is also an unequaled history of divisions across a broad range of pedagogy, techniques, and scientific inventions.

    Across the last four centuries at least, constructions of deafness as a cultural identity and/or as a disability have lead to  opposite claims. Deafness became a focal point for arguments over citizenship, eugenics, language, theories of the mind, and the like. A different set of categories was produced to give voice to these claims and the dialogue between their supporters has been extremely difficult for lack of a common stake.

    Depending on the approach, one can say such a heated debate has given the question of deafness a very specific place among human variations. Sign language, in particular, has lead many to question the relationship between mind, body, and language.

    We welcome papers on the social, cultural, scientific and philosophical attempts to mediate the space between the deaf and the hearing across history. Topics include the use of objects and techniques for creating a space of encounter, conceptions  of the relationship between humans and language, language and thought, or language and society across time and space.

    We are seeking explorations of the dialectic between hearing and silence, deaf and hearing as well as the technologies and  ideologies that intervene between the deaf world and the hearing world, the deaf person and the hearing person.

    The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in conjunction with Project Biocultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host the conference on December 10-11, 2012 in Berlin. Please send your abstract to Thu-Tra Dang ttdang@mpiwgberlin.mpg.de by July 3, 2012. Scholars will be informed by July 23 if their abstract has
    been selected.

    A travel fund is available, please let us know when submitting your abstract if you need an allowance to cover part of your trip.

    The conference will be in English and in sign language. The Max Planck Institute will welcome interpreters to make possible presentations in sign language. To facilitate the organization, please contact us as soon as possible if you need an interpreter of American/British/national sign language. Please mention the contact information of a couple of interpreters.

    If you have questions please contact Sabine Arnaud at sarnaud@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de, or Lennard Davis at  lendavis@uic.edu

    If you plan to attend the conference without giving a paper and require special assistance, please send an email to Thu-Tra Dang ttdang@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

  • Mary Beth Kitzel 3:02 pm on May 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    EDGS Meet!

    The inaugural European Deaf Geographies Summit (EDGS) met 23-25 April 2012 in Bristol. The three-day meeting was informal, intense, exciting and productive. Our numbers may have been few, but our vision mighty! Below is a synopsis of our activities:

    Day 1: We convened and covered a range of issues from the history of the field to researcher existential angst to publishing to future research agendas. Surrounded the talks with delicious food and ended the evening with a screening of The Hammer.

    Day 2: Mary Beth Kitzel gave a presentation on her dissertation research at Bristol’s Centre for Deaf Studies, followed by a short field walk of the university neighbourhood, and a more extensive excursion into the region, including North Somerset, Somerset and Bristol. Highlights included the Cheddar Gorge and Weston-Super-Mare. The evening film screening was The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox.

    Day 3. Final Day. Spent morning networking with personnel from Bristol including Dai O’Brien and Donna West. The afternoon was a strategy session for future projects, including The Field School of Deaf Geographies’ curriculum. Delegates departed in the late afternoon.

    All in all, a cracking three days. A HUGE thank you to the Gulliver family, our excellent hosts, for permitting the invasion. I am already looking forward to the next time we convene. If you’re interested in joining us for the next EDGS event, please contact any of the founding organizers: Gill Harold (UC Cork), Mike Gulliver (Bristol), or Mary Beth Kitzel (Sussex).

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