March 4, 2012

Conference: African Lessons on Language and Citizenship


African Lessons on Language and Citizenship: Local Action and Transnational Partnerships

An interdisciplinary mini-conference hosted by Gallaudet University, inspired by the MA Program in International Development. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC April 19th and 20th, 2012 Building on the momentum of the 16th international meeting of the World Federation of the Deaf and the third conference of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters both held in Durban, South Africa in July of 2011, this conference aims to bring together a broad range of scholars, social change workers, and policy makers to consider questions related to language and citizenship of importance to diverse populations of Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people across the African continent and beyond.

Unlike conferences that position Africa as a development “need,” this conference foregrounds the positive social, political, and economic impacts of language-centered initiatives within and between African countries and other locations. With this as the base, the conference also aims to provide a forum for participants to discuss relevant gaps between social policies, institutional structures, and access to resources. We expect that conference activities will contribute to thinking and practical action related to a variety of projects with language at their center, as well as to new shared visions of social futures.

Invited guests hail from Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, and the United States.

Registration is free. Gallaudet University is encouraging the widest possible participation, which may result in limited seating.

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