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  • Mike Gulliver 2:15 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We’re back… 

    Hi all – as you’ll know if you follow this blog, it’s been quiet for a year or so.

    Some of us have been busy getting jobs, others have been busy changing jobs. With no summer school to prompt us to action or summer workshop to bring us all together, we’ve omitted to post.

    Recently, however, four of us – Mary Beth Kitzel, Gill Harold, John Walker and myself met in Hastings… and have been discussing the future.

    The shape of those working in Deaf geographies has shifted considerably since the earlier days of 2004/5, and although most of those originally involved are still associated in some way, we thought it was important to pick the blog up again, and to make it the central point of reference for Deaf geographical work.

    We’ve registered the domain deafgeographies.com, and will be working on the blog to make it more of a central resource.

    We’ll also be adding regular posts, from us… and from others working in the field.

    So keep an eye open :)

  • Mike Gulliver 7:58 am on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BISC, , , FSDG,   

    The Field School in Deaf Geographies – and the international Workshop on Deaf Geographies 

    The last month has been incredibly busy in the Deaf Geographies world… from the 12th of June, the inaugural Field School in Deaf Geographies, ran for 4 weeks, this was followed by the first international Workshop on Deaf Geographies.

    Hosted by Queen’s university Canada’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC) and directed by Mary Beth Kitzel – contributor to this blog, BISC faculty and PhD candidate at Sussex, the Field School was an enormous success, and promises to be the first of many.

    I hope to get some student voices on the blog to tell you more about the impact of the school soon.

    Following the Field School, the first international Workshop on Deaf Geographies was held, also at BISC. Drawing participants and presenters from the UK, Ireland, the US, and Canada, the workshop included student presentations from the Field School, and papers on different and emerging areas of Deaf geographies, and offered an opportunity for discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing the field, and its possible futures.

    More information on the workshop will be available soon too… but, in the meantime, if you want to read back through some of the live tweets, then search Twitter for #deafgeogs.

    We have to say an enormous thank you to BISC who hosted us, and who have provided enormous and generous support to our work. Without their help, the Field School and workshop would probably not have happened.

    We’re currently working through the material gathered… and we’ll be back to share it soon.

  • Mike Gulliver 10:39 am on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , presentations   

    Deaf Geographies talks in Edinburgh – 5th and 6th March 

    In case anyone is interested – I’ll be presenting at Heriot Watt in March.

    On the 5th, I’ll be at EdSign – https://sites.google.com/site/edsignlectures/ presenting on

    “Deaf space – a tool for Deaf community empowerment”

    Imagine for a moment that, somewhere in the world, there was a continent where visual communication was the norm, and where deaf and hearing communicated by sign… where homes and streets and workplaces were based on visual lives, communications technology was visual first, and where knowledge was stored in books written in a form of sign… where national language differences were easy to overcome, and where visual communication rules defined conversation, business and politics.

    Imagine, for a moment, the impact that discovering a continent like that would have on our assumptions about what it means to be ‘deaf’… or ‘disabled’.

    My talk explores some of these ideas, and looks at how the idea of a ‘Deaf space’ can be used as a tool for Deaf community empowerment.

    On the 6th, I’ll be at the university – presenting on “Deaf Geographies: an emerging field”.

    Signing Deaf people do not primarily describe themselves as those disabled by an inability to access hearing spaces. Rather, they inhabit Deaf spaces that are produced as regular contexts such as community centres, long-term Deaf families and schools for deaf children, and irregular opportunities such as national and international Deaf meetings allow opportunities to come together, author Deaf languages and cultures, and transmit them from one generation to the next.

    Research into the Geographies of this Deaf community have recently emerged as one of the most exciting, developing areas of Human Geography: drawing together fields such as embodiment, performances of the environment, communication and sensescapes and viewing these through the eyes of a community who perform their cultural and social geographies in the visual.

    This presentation outlines the emergence of Deaf Geographies, and explores ways in which geographical approaches based on the production of ‘Deaf spaces’ both compliment, and interrogate more traditional identity-based models of Deaf community.

    I’m not sure if the Deaf Geographies presentation is open to the public…

  • Mike Gulliver 3:18 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Course codes changed on the Field School in Deaf Geographies to reflect recoding.

    See https://deafgeographies.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/field-school-in-deaf-geographies/ for the edited information.

    The content of the FS will still be as amazingly new, exciting and valuable.


  • Mike Gulliver 1:56 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Field School in Deaf Geographies 

    The Bader International Study Centre of Queen’s University (Canada) announces an innovative new Field School in Deaf Geographies to be offered during the summer of 2013. The very first of its kind, this exciting opportunity is an intensive five-week, six credit unit programme, allowing students to engage with analytical and theoretical frameworks within Human Geography, Social Science Research Methods, and European Deaf History. Our learning approach is grounded in experiential and transformative learning. To that end, students participate in the ongoing research initiatives of leading Deaf geographers and they will also have the opportunity to tour and conduct research in key institutions such as the National Archive at Kew, the British Library, and local archive offices. Research specialists in the field of Human Geography and Deaf Studies will provide instruction.

    Goals of the Field School

    • To thoughtfully and critically engage with Human Geography from a Deaf cultural perspective
    • To encourage the enthusiasm and efforts of new researchers at all levels of study in this exciting new area of research
    • To foster an enriching and cooperative learning environment for both students and staff
    • To share our research with as wide an audience as possible using both new media and traditional methods

    The Location
    The Field School in Deaf Geographies will be held at Queen’s own Herstmonceux Castle, located in the breathtakingly picturesque East Sussex landscape of southern England. Built in 1441, Herstmonceux Castle is situated 1½ hours south of London and 2½ hours from Paris. The estate sits proudly on the edge of the Weald region, the original English home of many of the earliest European Deaf families in North America.

    The Course
    This six-credit package is delivered as two broad courses containing inter-connected modules designed
    to engage students with different aspects of Deaf Geographies’ multi-disciplinary nature. This first
    cutting-edge Field School will focus on historical Deaf Geographies in the UK. Working from a critical
    Deaf cultural perspective, students will study relevant aspects of two interrelated special topic courses:
    INTS 303: The Global Village – Case Studies of South Eastern England, and GPHY 370: Special Topics in
    Human Geography: Theory and Methods of Human Geography. These modules will be delivered
    through a combination of both lecture and seminar formats. Simultaneously to this classroom
    experience, students will actively participate in primary research fieldwork projects. For example, one
    such project is to investigate mid-19th century English census data in order to expand the database of
    all deaf people living in Sussex in 1851.

    The Summative Experience
    Research should be disseminated. Thus during the fifth week of the Field School, students will participate in an academic workshop on Deaf Geographies, sharing their primary research findings via presentations to participants from around the world. After engaging in this peer review process, student findings will be published on the Field School’s website.

    Participant Profile
    This Field School is appropriate for undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of a program in the social sciences or history. It is research intensive and aims to help prepare students for graduate school or a career in data investigation, analysis, and presentation.

    Timing and Costs
    The Field School runs from 17 June to 15 July 2013. The package charge for the Field School is $6600, including 6 credit units of Queen’s University tuition; room and full board; all transport for the Field School; and fees. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, entertainment, insurance, and transport to/from the UK.

    Sign Language Interpreters available on request.

    For further details check our website at http://www.queensu.ca/bisc .

    The deadline for application is 8 April 2013. There are only 20 spaces available, so apply early.

    Mary Beth Kitzel
    Field School of Deaf Geographies
    Bader International Study Centre
    Queen’s University (Canada)
    Herstmonceux Castle
    East Sussex BN27 1RP
    United Kingdom


    Bader International Study Centre is a limited company registered in England
    Registered number: 2837809 Registered Charity No: 1025387
    Registered Office: Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

    • Mike Gulliver 1:59 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on MIKE GULLIVER and commented:

      As far as I know, this is the first course like this to be run… in the world!
      Contact Mary Beth for more information on this… her details are at the bottom.

  • Mike Gulliver 8:21 am on June 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

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    Dear all… this isn’t some attempt to subvert the blog – we’re just testing some private/public settings.

    Normal service will be resumed … about… now!

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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

  • Mike Gulliver 3:15 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , places, spaces, theory   

    Deaf spaces and places – early explorations of geographical theory 

    You can now find a pdf of Elizabeth Mathews (2007) chapter on the application of geographical theory to Deaf space linked to from the resources page.

    If you’re somewhat flumoxed by the geography-speak that you find on this site, Mathews’ chapter is a good place to start. She gently unpacks the role that geographical theory might play in validating Deaf spaces and bases this in work that is ongoing at Gallaudet.

    For those of us a bit more used to the idea of Deaf Geographies – the great news is just how far we’ve come theoretically since Mathews wrote this.

    Go team !

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