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23 – 24 May 2019 – Heriot Watt University. 

MobileDeaf workshop – Theorising Deaf Geographies

Theme 1: Historical perspective on deaf spaces

  • Joe Murray: “Deaf Space: A Time Lapse.”
  • Mike Gulliver: “Deaf geographies, what theoretical future?

Theme 2: Deaf space and the body

  • Dai O’brien: “Theorising the deaf body: going beyond/going smaller than the social scale”
  • Terra Edwards: “Leaving Visually Alone: Protactile Theories of Cultural Space at Gallaudet University”

Theme 3: Deaf spaces in public space

  • Annelies Kusters: “Theorizing urban deaf spaces and mobilities”
  • Danny McDougall: “Space and the Role of Sign Language Interpreters in the Theatre”

Theme 4: Deaf spaces and transnationalism

  • Erin Moriarty Harrelson: “The Moral Geography of the Deaf Global Circuit”
  • Sanchayeeta Iyer: “Translocality and deaf migrants in London”


27 & 28 June 2016 – Rochester NY

The International Conference in Deaf Geographies

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

Programme and abstracts… are available 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)


19th September – Brighton UK

Extended Seminar: “Mapping the Deaf community

  • CUPP in partnership with Geography at University of Brighton.
  • 1pm to 5pm. Entry free of charge and open to community members and academics.
  • Room G7, Grand Parade site, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY.
  • Speakers incl: John Walker (Brighton/Sussex), Dai O’Brien (York St John), Mike Gulliver (Bristol).

Maps explore the spatial relationships between specific features the map aims to represent, such as political boundaries, population, physical features, natural resources, climates, elevation and economic activities. The Deaf community engage in different embodied spaces, where their experiences and consciousness are manifested in materialistic and spatial forms. The “Mapping the Deaf community” seminar brings together the current Deaf-related mapping initiatives in the UK.


American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting: New York

Deaf Geographies I – Foundations for Deaf Geographies
ORGANIZER(S): Austin Kocher, Cynthia Benoit

  • Austin Kocher, The Ohio State University, Department of Geography, What is Deaf Geography?: An Interpreter Steps Out of Role.
  • Emily Fekete, University of Kansas, Geography and American Sign Language: Rethinking Language and Space.
  • Mike Gulliver, University of Bristol, Deaf Geographies – pasts, presents, futures.
  • Pierre Schmitt, Center for Language, Interaction and Culture (CLIC), UCLA, International Deaf Geographies : Toward a Global Community?

Deaf Geographies II – Analyzing Deaf Geographies

  • Jordan Eickman, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge, Tracing Deafhood: Exploring the origins and spread of Deaf cultural identity.
  • Cynthia Benoit, INRS Urbanisation Culture Société; Alain Turpin, SIVET, Urban d/Deaf population and services: Using GIS to explore Deaf geography and geographical accessibility.
  • Paula Bath, University of Ottawa, Discourse, Power and the Representations of Sign Language.
  • Dai O’brien, School for Policy Studies, Bristol University, Using visual research to explore the space of young d/Deaf people.

Deaf Geographies III -The Future of Deaf Geographies

  • Jeffrey Mansfield, Harvard University Graduate School ofDesign, The Genius of the Deaf Experience: Designing
    Spaces and Infrastructures of Communication.
  • Hansel Bauman, Gallaudet University, The DeafSpace Project: Communicating Through Space, Light, Form and Material.
  • Russell Rosen, Teachers College, Columbia University, Sensescapes in the American Deaf Community.
  • Deniz Ilkbasaran, UC, San Diego, Late Modernity Mobilities and the Future of Deaf Geographies.
  • Robert Sirvage, Gallaudet University; Robert T. Sirvage, Gallaudet University, Peripatetic Spaces in the Making: New Methodologies for Deaf Epistemologies.


American Association of Geographers 2011 International Meeting: Seattle

Deaf Space, Signed Languages, and d/Deaf Culture 1

ORGANIZER(S): Austin Kocher, The Ohio State University; Emily Fekete, University of Kansas

  • Katherine Koppel*, California State University, Long Beach, Between Life stages and Cultures: the spatial identities of children of D/deaf adults.
  • Mary E Kitzel, MSc, CI, CT*, University of Sussex, The first English deaf spaces: Exploring deaf identity formation in the late 18th century.
  • Pamela R. Conley, Associate Professor*, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Comparative Research on Space in ASL Poetry and BSL Poetry
  • Meghan Jezewski, BSW, MA in progress*, Studies in Policy and Practice, University of Victoria, In Between d/Deafness(es): A geography of deafness and work
  • Mike Gulliver*, University of Bristol, Adventures in DEAF space: Reality through the looking glass.

Deaf Space, Signed Languages, and d/Deaf Culture 2

  • Emily Fekete*, University of Kansas, Spaces of ASL: Proxemics and the American Deaf Community
  • Cynthia Benoit*, INRS-UCS (University of Quebec); Philippe Apparicio, INRS-UCS (University of Quebec); Anne-Marie Séguin, INRS-UCS (University of Quebec), Mapping out Deaf spaces in Montreal – GIS applications to Deaf geography
  • Hansel Bauman*, Gallaudet University, The DeafSpace Project: Communicating through space, light, form and material
  • Paula Bath*, Observing Places of Struggle: The Representation of Deaf Identity in Popular Media Discourse.