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  • Mike Gulliver 11:20 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    T vs Deaf space 

    MIKE GULLIVER

    Yesterday, at the Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers (big… BIG international conference, very prestigious), we ran a session on ‘Deaf Spaces, old and new, the challenges of Deaf heritage’. The session drew together participants from academia, the heritage sector and the Deaf community, to discuss the nature of Deaf space and Deaf heritage, its relationship with the built environment, the relationship between Deaf heritage and the heritage industry/sector, and the experience of both deaf and hearing people in navigating within some of those areas. 

    I’ll share some of the content of the session in another post. But while the event is fresh in my mind, I wanted to thank the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers for their support in getting some of the practical aspects of the session (particularly communication) sorted out.

    The session was deliberately set up as a panel (rather than 5 straight papers…

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  • Mike Gulliver 12:41 pm on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    ICDG 2016 post conference info and contacts 

    This is a listing of content and contacts from the ICDG 2016 for future reference.

    Twitter feed

    The conference was (somewhat sporadically) live tweeted, on #ICDG16.

    Transcripts

    … of both presentations and (I think?) discussions will be forthcoming soonish, after they have been error-checked by the presenters. I’ll post a link here when they are available.

    Programme and abstracts

    … are available currently at https://www.rit.edu/cla/deafgeogconference/program or through a static pdf copy on this site that will live on after RIT have purged their system.

    Presenters (and conference Chair)

    … were (with links to more info, incl. contact where available)

     
  • Mike Gulliver 10:34 am on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A mystery find… 

    This is an amazing map of Deaf and blind school locations, and travel times between them by different methods, in 1837. But I have no source. It was given to me as a photocopy, and I’ve never been able to find out where it came from. It’s from a German text, and clearly not from 1837 but much later… Can anyone help?

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    • Anne 4:39 pm on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Mike —

      It’s Nothwendigkeit der allgemein einzuführenden Elementar-Bildung der Taubstummen by Franz Herrmann Czech, (P. P. Mechitaristen, 1839).

      https://books.google.com/books?id=yRxJAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA536#v=onepage&q&f=false

      Anne

      • Mike Gulliver 7:26 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Anne, this is brilliant. Do we have any idea how the data for the book was constructed… it seems to match the 4th circulaire from the Paris school, even down to the errors!

    • Anne 4:45 pm on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I DL’ed a copy of another book last year from some Digitale Bibliothek or another, with the same image, if you want that info.

      • Mike Gulliver 7:25 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        yes please, that would be great :)

    • E. 8:11 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sure, and yes it’s Bebian stuff (see p. 39). Sorry I can’t reply on Deaf History FB — my join request is in a 1000+ long list.

    • E. 8:36 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The artist on all the Bilder seems to be the same guy, but I think my Bibliothek copy is more legible. Meanwhile, see p. 410:

      “Tabelle 72 enthält die Uebersicht aller, sowohl der im Jahre 1837 bestandenen, als auch vor dem eingegangenen oder in andere Orte verlegten Anstalten, zur Bildung der Taubstummen und Blinden, wie auch zur Bildung der Taubstummen-Lehrer.”

    • E. 8:56 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The engravers are a “L. Rieder” and a “Piekacz”. The DL’ed book I have is pretty much the same: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0001/bsb00013608/images/index.html?id=00013608&seite=518&fip=193.174.98.30&nativeno=%2F&groesser=150%25

      • E. 6:10 pm on May 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I keep spamming this post. As referenced on FB, I see Bristol has it, but I also own a copy of Fischer & Lane (eds.) Looking Back: A Reader on D Communities and their SLs. The image appears in Pinna, Pagliara, Rampelli, Rossinia, and Volterra’s “Written and Unwritten Records from a Residential School for the Deaf in Rome” (pp. 349-376). No additional information about the data.

        • Mike Gulliver 6:38 pm on May 29, 2016 Permalink

          I have a copy of ‘looking back’ and I’ve found it in there, but it has no original source, and as a historian… that bugs me.

        • E. 8:49 pm on May 29, 2016 Permalink

          Oh, Mike. So many things bug me re: history’s shadow economy. Problem is, this otherwise great article aside — first slapdash attempts rushed to press metastasize into all subsequent citations. What’s that formula about the exponential energy required to fix scholarshi*, relative to the calories expended to produce it?

    • Mike Gulliver 1:14 pm on June 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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  • Mike Gulliver 6:22 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Summary of discussions about Deaf space and place at the ‘Lost Spaces’ event in Bristol, UK – yesterday, the VS1 film will be available on Vimeo soon, and I’ll put up a link when I get it.

    The event was the feedback and conclusion session from the UK’s AHRC-funded Connected Communities project exploring what the Bristol Deaf community’s response has been to losing both their Deaf Centre, and the Centre for Deaf Studies.

    Having screened the film, there was a discussion between those present (mostly Deaf community) about the picture that it painted of the situation in Bristol, and of the local community’s response… to see Deaf people knowingly mobilising ‘space’, ‘place’ and other geographical concepts of being-in-the-world (incl. landscape) through sign was great. There are signs emerging for the concepts themselves apart from the everyday meanings, and for the difference between them, and it’s clear that the wider Deaf community (not just academics) are beginning to take ownership of the concepts, and wrestle with their use to describe and analyse situations and events.

    Most striking was a discussion about the difference between space as buildings, space as community, space as relationships, and what opting for a ‘space-based’ or ‘place-based’ activism might have in crafting a future for the local community. Credit for this goes to the project’s Deaf leadership, Dai O’Brien, Hilary Sutherland, who have synthesised the theory into their work and used it in a way that has led others to begin to pick it up.

    More, I hope, in time from this project – but in the meantime, here’s the link to the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1735074533428326/

     
  • Mike Gulliver 7:49 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    1st Call for Papers – ICDG Summer 2016 

    1st CALL FOR PAPERS

    The International Conference in Deaf Geographies

    27-28 June 2016

    Field School in Deaf Geographies

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Rochester, New York

    The Field School in Deaf Geographies (FSDG) announces a two-day conference, the International Conference in Deaf Geographies  (27-28 June 2016). This conference brings together researchers from around the world whose interests engage with the themes of Deaf Geographies. It serves as an invaluable forum and growing where all those interested in this research arena can connect with the network of Deaf Geographers and appreciate the diversity of expertise that is emanating from a broad array of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Critically, the conference will afford participants the opportunity to participate in important discussions regarding future research conducted by the school.

    We are hereby calling on those academics whose work intersects with Deaf Geographies to submit abstracts for papers to be featured in the conference panel discussions. Abstracts are to be between 200 and 250 words, and are to be submitted to Mary Beth Kitzel, Director, (contact details as below) by Friday, 23 March 2016.

    The Field School in Deaf Geographies is a program of the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York. Rochester, home to RIT’s National Technical Institute of the Deaf and the Rochester School for the Deaf, is world-famous for its large and thriving Deaf community. What an incredible location for Deaf Geographic research! The FSDG runs five weeks from 30 May – July 1. The school focuses on both human geographical perspectives on the history of Deaf space, as well as on the theory and methods of human geography. The fundamental learning goals of the field school are to thoughtfully and critically engage with Human Geographic research from a Deaf cultural perspective, and to encourage the enthusiasm and efforts of researchers at all levels of study in this exciting new area of research. The conference offers participating FSDG students the opportunity to present their project’s research findings and to collect feedback from the visiting academics.

    The registration fees for the conference are $40.00 (USD). For additional information, please see the conference website:https://www.rit.edu/cla/deafgeogconference/

    DEADLINE for Abstracts: Friday, 27 March 2016

    For additional information and abstract submission, please contact:

    Mary Beth Kitzel, PhD (Sussex), FSDG Director, at mekgsh@rit.edu

    FSDG’s homepage: https://www.rit.edu/cla/academics-programs/summer-programming

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Field-School-in-Deaf-Geographies/455514657849914

     
  • Mike Gulliver 1:47 pm on August 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    12 reasons to learn ASL – 8 (at least) of which are linked to Deaf space and Geographies 

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    Recently shared on Facebook… I can see at least 8 (maybe 9, maybe 10 – you judge) things here that speak about the difference between Deaf and hearing world spaces and that mobilise Deaf geographies to challenge hearing cultural ‘norms’

    1. Communicate underwater (if you want to see an example, watch Children of a Lesser God) – can’t do this if your communicative geographies are based in sound!
    2. Can communicate in differently cultural acceptable ways (mouth is full)
    3. Speak through closed window (Ben Bahan’s work on Doors and Windows springs to mind here)
    4. Talk across a crowded room (We used to see this a lot in a Deaf pub meet… we’d sit, and pass orders to the person at the bar over the heads of everyone else in the room)
    5. Chat at the movies (except it’s dark, but you can do it… and in church, and at any kind of meeting… in fact, it’s much more culturally acceptable to chat in a public event, particularly if it’s for clarification or to greet someone who’s just come in).
    6. Visual/Spatial/Gestural language – Look at the work done on Sign Proxemics.
    7. 3D language – … and here, on the Sign Art literature, and links between signing rhetorical devices and zooming/angles in film making.
    8. Is ASL a foreign language? Nope… but in the hearing world any language that isn’t hearing has to be ‘foreign’ right?
    9. It’s not too loud or too quiet… not in the hearing world anyway… and if you’re deaf, you can just shut your eyes to not listen.
    10. Oh, and the bonus… is the Deaf community, which has a HUGE international geography all of its own.
     
  • Mike Gulliver 8:47 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Marion Heap's PhD on Signing Spaces, added to resources page 

    Following a pointer (thank you :) from https://peripateticconsultant.wordpress.com/, I’ve added Marion Heap’s (2003) PhD on South African signing space networks to the resources page.

     
  • Mike Gulliver 12:40 pm on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Funded PhD in Deaf heritage/history/spaces 

    MIKE GULLIVER

    Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship in Deaf Heritage at the University of Bristol.

    Wherever they occur, environments designed for Deaf people challenge our assumptions of a ‘normal’ sensorium, and speak of the creativity of humanity in overcoming difference. Yet this rich heritage remains underexplored and the learning that it offers, untapped. Historic England and Bristol University are working together to supervise an exciting new PhD opportunity, that will advance our understanding of Deaf heritage by exploring the relationship between Deaf history and culture and the buildings around us, and by developing policies and processes to protect and manage Deaf heritage sites both now, and into the future.

    The successful student will work with experts in Deaf history and heritage management to identify and assess sites in England, describe and understand their significance and devise and test negotiated plans for their future sustainable management. To be successful, they…

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  • Mike Gulliver 2:54 pm on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    What might happen to the UK, if children were encouraged to learn BSL at school – lessons from the US. 

    This was originally posted by John Walker on Facebook, and is reproduced here by permission. John’s responding to a question about how introducing a GSCE in British Sign Language might affect the lives of Deaf people in the UK, comparing the UK to the US, where students can take ASL as a ‘foreign’ language option.

    Over the last two weeks, I spent some time in the States and I have experienced, first hand, how this resource [the GSCE in BSL] will change the lives of Deaf and hard of hearing people. In America, children can learn ASL. In two weeks, here is what I encountered:

    1. Problems to buy a train ticket, station security explained how in ASL.
    2. Restaurant manager took us to our table, I asked, in ASL, to put the ice hockey match on the TV screen and she understood.
    3. I made an order at a noodle bar in ASL, she understood.
    4. I asked an attendant about a pair of boots, she tried to persuade me to look at their on-line collection in ASL. I said no as I was only there for 24 hours.
    5. I tried to order an espresso in ASL and someone repeated my order in English (after asking first).
    6. I was in a queue to rearrange my flight, the guy next to me repeated, in ASL, the flights that were just about to depart and whether I should jump the queue.
    7. A woman asked, in ASL, if I could swap my seat with her newly-wed husband as they wanted to be together for the flight – I said no problem.
    8. I nervously approached the USA immigration official for a passport check and ’50 questions’; when I introduce myself, he said his sign name was “EJ” and asked if I was bringing apples into the country.

    In these situations, one would never find an ASL/English interpreter, and in these situations, I am treated as a human being.

    The BSL GCSE project is being proposed by Signature, and here’s where you can find more information and a link to vote for it.

    (Note – voting for this closed on the 5th May. News of whether the campaign reached the semi finals of the competition on the 19th May – you can follow the link and register for news.)

     
  • Mike Gulliver 11:16 am on May 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Annelies Kusters, , Gallaudet University Press   

    ‘Deaf Space’ in a Gallaudet University Press title. 

    This is a link to the GUP newsletter for this month, with an intro to Annelies Kusters’ book on the work that she did with the Deaf community in Ghana.

    http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/enewsletters/enewsletter188.html

    The blurb says:

    “In Deaf Space in Adamorobe: An Ethnographic Study in a Village in Ghana, author Annelies Kusters reveals how deaf people in Adamorobe do not live in a social paradise and how they create their own “Deaf space” by seeking each other out to form a society of their own. But what’s so special about Adamorobe, and why did Kusters choose this place to do research?

    When Deaf people ask these questions, Kusters usually replies, “You know Martha’s Vineyard, right? The place where a relatively large number of deaf people were born and many hearing people knew sign? You know that this situation has vanished now? But did you know that there are actually similar communities around the world? Well, one of these is located in Ghana and called Adamorobe.” Kusters is quick to point out, however, that she was not in search of a “deaf dreamworld” or a “utopian place.” “What brought me there were master’s degrees in both anthropology and Deaf studies, and a personal and scientific interest in the many different ways in which deaf people lead their lives in different sociocultural contexts.”

    “This book,” she clarifies, “thus comprises my representation of my observations and the conversations during my visit in Adamorobe, not a representation of Adamorobe deaf people’s everyday life. My position as a (deaf) outsider with a background in Deaf studies and anthropology was important in that I asked (often unexpected) questions and stimulated my interlocutors to elaborate on certain themes, to tell me certain stories. We revisited the same themes over and over again and a (highly ambiguous) picture started to emerge. In this book, I am presenting quotes, situation descriptions, and transcripts of dialogues to illustrate and evoke what I saw and what we discussed; but again, these are the interpretations and translations of an outsider with a necessarily limited understanding of local culture, kinship structures, history, and language. Also, since this research happened during a particular moment in time (2008–2009), deaf people in Adamorobe might tell other stories and lay different emphasis in their present discourses.”

    I’ve read the book in pre-print, and it’s great.

    There’s a link to buy in the newsletter article.

     
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