Deaf Identity Discourse: Some Theoretical Frames
December 16, 2010, 7:00pm
Student Development Center (Bldg. 55), Rm. 1300/1310
How can we understand the complicated and often contested ways of defining what it means to be Deaf? The processes of deaf identity construction are not unique phenomena but echo the experience of other embedded cultural groups, particularly those that are stressed by the assertion of hegemony over them by others. Theorists Jose Marti and W.E.B. DuBois, who struggled with similar issues, offer us ways to think about the complicated discourses of DEAF and the local social histories in which DEAF is constructed.
Recommended advance readings:
Padden, C. & T. Humphries. (2005). Inside Deaf Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Humphries, T. (2001). “On Deaf-mutes, the Strange, and the Modern Deaf Self,” in Culturally Affirming Psychotherapy with Deaf Persons, N. Glickman and M. Harvey, eds., Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996. Reprinted in Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook, Lois Bragg, Ed. New York: New York University Press.
Humphries, T. (2008). “Scientific explanation and other performance acts in the re-organization of DEAF.” In Signs and Voices, Lindgren, DeLuca & Napoli, eds. Gallaudet University Press.