Inclusive Deaf Studies: Barriers and Pathways
April 7, 2011, 7:00pm
Student Development Center (Bldg. 55), Rm. 1300/1310
The presentation will focus on the need for new scholarly directions in Deaf Studies and will outline ways to expand the field. Currently, American Deaf Studies continues the focus of founding scholarship on native White American Sign Language users. This has privileged information and knowledge about this group of people at the expense of scholarship and knowledge about deaf people with different language backgrounds, races or ethnicities and other diverse attributes. The presentation will discuss the development of an interdisciplinary lens to research and understand the many ways deaf people live. The continued marginalization of academic study of less privileged people within the deaf community will impede knowledge and render Deaf Studies unsustainable as an academic field. The presentation will recommend that Deaf Studies scholars embrace a more expansive, nuanced, and interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the full variety of deaf lives and identities.
Recommended advance readings:
Fernandes, J. & S. Myers. (2010). “Inclusive Deaf Studies: Barriers and Pathways.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 15(1): 17-29. http://jdsde.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/enp018v1?ijkey=mUM9jICc8VUYCeF&keytype=ref
Myers, S. & Fernandes, J. (2010). “Deaf Studies: A Critique of the Predominant U.S. Theoretical Direction.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 15(1): 30-49. http://jdsde.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/enp017?ijkey=KJ5Oxy3kfQaDU40&keytype=ref