15th Mar 2016 2:00pm-5:00pm
Freeman Centre, F40, University of Sussex, Falmer
As a sign language research specialist, Dr Pamela Perniss will participate in the Research Round Table at this event.
2pm Marco Nardi (BSL/English Interpreter for musicals, choirs and on his YouTube channel)
This sign singing workshop will demonstrate various approaches of presenting song in sign language. It will provide participants with tools to evaluate personal renditions and those of others. Also, there will be the opportunity for practical tasks with a final showdown from both participants and Marco. Please bring the lyrics of your favourite song with you. (1 hour)
3pm Dr. Mary Beth Kitzel (Academic in Deaf Geography at Rochester Institute of Technology, US.)
'Language, Space, and History: a case study of sign language people’
The history of languages is often expressed as a migration narrative complete with family trees and maps charting language movements - long swathes of history compressed in to a single image. Sign languages, too, have a long history, though nowhere near as thoroughly researched as spoken languages. Sign languages do not always track along the same migration routes. Some socio-linguists now categorise sign languages in terms of their social and geographic boundaries, and many of today’s national sign languages trace their origins to a particular moment in a country’s history. This presentation will describe how sign languages develop and the locations where these developments often occur. (1 hour)
4pm Research Round Table, John Walker (host)
Various contributions from students and academics, including Dr Pamela Perniss, University of Brighton.
Invite for both academics and students to share their research interests in British Sign Language and the Deaf community. The group will focus on research interested in the social constructions of the Deaf self, through its political, social, cultural and linguistic representations. Any presentations of research should be presented in either English or BSL, and in 3 minutes. (1 hour)
This event has been organised by John Walker, who is the Convenor for British Sign Language and Deaf culture elective pathway from the Sussex Centre for Language Studies, as well as a Ph.D. student of human geography.
Convenor for British Sign Language and Deaf culture elective pathway from the Sussex Centre for Language Studies, as well as a Ph.D. student of human geography