Deaf geographies, and other worlds.
The recent gap in communication will have told you that I’ve been hard at work.
And the work has finally paid off…
Back in September, a colleague and I submitted the final application for a three year grant to the Leverhulme Trust.
Finally, yesterday, we heard that we have been successful.
From early next year, I’ll be leaving IT Services at Bristol, and moving over into the Arts Faculty, to become a Research Associate, writing a book about the spaces provided for, and produced by the Deaf community within the 19th century English Church.
I’ll provide more information about the project in time, but it’s special because – of all the organisations historical involved with the Deaf community – the Church was the primary provider of services, care, interpreting, welfare, education and just about every other form of social validation and access.
So, this really is us taking a critical look at the heart of the system that was officially ‘in charge of’ the Deaf community for well over 100 years, at the way that system described Deaf people, and the way that Deaf people responded.
The project’s theoretical foundation is spatial… and so there are lots of exciting areas of Deaf space to explore. There’s even a question linked to utopia, and Deaf visions of heaven, which I can’t wait to get my teeth into.