Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholars (Perspectives on Deafness) (Hardcover)

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By Annelies Kusters (Editor), Maartje de Meulder (Editor), Dai O'Brien (Editor)
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What does it mean to engage in Deaf Studies and who gets to define the field? What would a truly deaf-led Deaf Studies research program look like? What are the research practices of deaf scholars in Deaf Studies, and how do they relate to deaf research participants and communities? What
innovations do deaf scholars deem necessary in the field of Deaf Studies? In Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholars, volume editors Annelies Kusters, Maartje De Meulder, and Dai O'Brien and their contributing authors tackle these questions and more.

Spurred by a gradual increase in the number of Deaf Studies scholars who are deaf, and by new theoretical trends in Deaf Studies, this book creates an important space for contributions from deaf researchers, to see what happens when they enter into the conversation. Innovations in Deaf Studies
expertly foregrounds deaf ontologies (defined as deaf ways of being) and how the experience of being deaf is central not only to deaf research participants' own ontologies, but also to the positionality and framework of the study as a whole. Further, this book demonstrates that the research and
methodology built around those ontologies offer suggestions for new ways for the discipline to meet the challenges of the present, which includes productive and ongoing collaboration with hearing researchers.

Providing fascinating perspective and insight, Kusters, De Meulder, O'Brien, and their contributors all focus on the underdeveloped strands within Deaf Studies, particularly on areas around deaf people's communities, ideologies, literature, religion, language practices, and political aspirations.

About the Author

Annelies Kusters has held positions at institutions in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany; since 2004, she has engaged in ethnographic research on deaf lives in South America, Asia, and Africa. From 2017 through 2022, she will head the MobileDeaf project, undertaken by a deaf research groupfocusing on international deaf mobilities. Maartje De Meulder has done advocacy work for the Flemish Deaf Association for five years. Her PhD focuses on the development of sign language recognition legislation in both Finland and Scotland. Her upcoming research project will focus on the vitality of sign languages. Dai O'Brien completed his PhD in 2012, using visual methods to explore the transitional experiences of deaf young people from mainstream schools. He is currently a Lecturer in BSL and Deaf Studies at York St. John University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780190612184
ISBN-10: 0190612185
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 12th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Perspectives on Deafness