Denmark, Aarhus

Deaf Studies

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 552

This two-part course is taught in Sign Language with interpretation to English.

The course in Deaf Studies consists of two independent one-week courses. The first part (week 1) provides a global overview of Deaf Studies, taught by Annelies Kusters, social anthropologist working in Göttingen, Germany. The second part consist sof a more specialized course in Deaf Bilingualism, taught by Krister Schönström, sign language linguist from Stockholm University.

Deaf Studies Around the World

Teacher: Annelies Kusters, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany.

In this course, the students will be introduced in the discipline of Deaf Studies. Central in this overview is an exploration of themes that have been investigated and a critical examination of the theoretical frameworks and concepts that have been used (such as Deaf culture/community/identity/space/networks/sociality, Deafhood, Deaf Gain). The students also will gain insight in the discipline’s different “waves”. While the first wave of Deaf Studies persistently tried to identify and define “deaf community”, “deaf culture” or “deaf identity” as clearly delineated units, themes explored by researchers in the second wave are “deaf epistemologies” and “deaf ontologies”, in which the embodiment as a deaf person is central. The third wave of Deaf Studies builds upon and extends the second wave’s research by arguing that this embodiment is central not only in the study of the research participants’ experiences but also in terms of the researchers’ positionalities and their relationships with deaf research participants and deaf communities. Decidedly, research in the third wave is also more global in focus. This overview will establish the framework for the remainder of the course in which recent ethnographic research will be discussed, covering all geographic areas and all kinds of deaf spaces including Europe, USA, South-America, Africa, and Asia; urban and rural locations; deaf schools and organisations; temporary deaf spaces such as in pubs and public transport, deaf events and tourism. Throughout the whole course, ethnographic and visual research methods in Deaf Studies will be discussed as well.

Deaf Bilingualism

Teacher: Krister Schönström, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University.

This second part of the course will look at some key topics associated with bilingualism in the deaf. General topics from the research in bilingualism and second language acquisition will be combined with topics from the research in deaf bilingualism. The course will specifically include issues related to the acquisition of signed and written/spoken languages. The course will also discuss issues in bilingual deaf education and deaf bilingualism from a societal point of view.

Course leader

Annelies Kusters
Krister Schönström

Target group

Humanities Students

Course aim

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 552: Danish and EU/EØS (tomplads): 552 EUR
EUR 1550: NON-EU-EØS students (free-mover): 1550 EUR



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