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Erin M. Harrelson | #Deaftravel: An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities

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What do Deaf tourist practices reveal about differences between sign languages and the cultural status of deaf people?

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Erin Moriarty Harrelson, Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University

#Deaftravel: An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities

Tourism scholars have noted that tourists tend to seek out new, yet familiar, experiences. As a part of what Erin Harrelson calls “the deaf global circuit,” deaf tourists often want to visit deaf spaces and meet other deaf people. They make a point of seeking both to better understand differences, especially between sign languages and cultural status. Harrelson will discuss Deaf tourist practices and the moralities that have been built around the deaf global circuit, showing clips from her ethnographic film as part of her 2018 fieldwork in Bali. Reception to follow.

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Lecture and reception free and open to the public. Presented in ASL, voice interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us. More information: http://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/harrelson

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