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Dr Annelies Kusters invited lecture - 8th February 2018

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Roberts Building

Room G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre

Torrington Place (enter from Malet Place)

WC1E 7JE

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We are delighted that Dr Annelies Kusters, Assistant Professor in Sign Language and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt Heriot University will be visiting DCAL on 8th February 2018, to give an invited presentation in the DCAL Library at 4.00pm. This will be followed by wine and nibbles at 5.00pm.

Topic: Linguistic ethnography and sign languages.

Abstract: This presentation focuses on the use of linguistic ethnography for studying signed languages, as used in visual and tactile interactions with deaf and deaf-blind people and their deaf, deaf-blind, and hearing interlocutors. First, I discuss what constitutes linguistic ethnography in the context of signed languages. Then, I will give examples taken from my work that has taken an ethnographic approach to manual communication in urban and rural, institutional and non-institutional settings in Ghana and India. I will show how the analyses from these projects have expanded and enriched our understandings of how people with divergent semiotic repertoires negotiate communication, and how their experiences of these situations are qualified in language ideologies. As such, I explore what linguistic ethnography can do for the study of signed languages.

Background: Dr Kusters is principal investigator on the ERC-funded project (2017-2022): Deaf mobilities across international borders: Visualising intersectionality and translanguaging (see http://mobiledeaf.org.uk for information about the project).

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WC1E 7JE

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