Sign Language & Emancipation: a Fascinating World of Research
As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the EU Horizon 2020 programme, I am affiliated with the Social Research with Deaf People (SORD) group at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
For my current project (2015-2017), I am working on the enhancement of deaf well being through life story work with British deaf people and deaf immigrants in the UK.
My previous postdoctoral research at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and Ghent University, Belgium, concentrated on the sustainable development of the Flemish and Ugandan sign language communities (2012-2015), and on emancipation processes in the Flemish and Cameroonian deaf communities (2009-2012).
In studying the cultural, linguistic, and learning practices of deaf people and sign language communities, I draw from a variety of scientific disciplines, including the social sciences, anthropology, deaf studies, deaf education, development studies, and mental health.
In my research I have come to view the discipline of deaf studies as an emancipatory endeavor with deaf people’s participation at the core, encouraging research by deaf scholars and partnerships among deaf communities, professionals, policymakers, advocates, and local communities.
For more than 10 years, my research has focused on the capacity of deaf people to "flourish" in wide-ranging settings in both Western and non-Western countries.
You can learn more about me and my research on this website. Thank you for your interest!