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.
This is brilliant, and well deserved! You’re going to have a great time. Best of luck.
Thanks Christine… and you know the best bit, I already have a lot of the data to do the follow-up French comparison project ready!
Congratulations Mike! Top stuff. Any chance we could interview you for LC about this project? A lot of it is here in this blog but it would be great to find out a bit more. Thanks, Charlie (email@example.com)
Hi Charlie, yes… please do! Let me know how you want to do that.
Congratulations!!! That’s great news – can’t wait to find out more in due course…Esme
Thanks Esme, I think it’s going to be a fascinating project, and I’m looking forward to being able to share what we find with you… certainly, 19th century Deaf church and Kitto will overlap! Hope you’re well?
Wonderful news! So excited for you and can’t wait to hear more.
Thanks Laurie 🙂
Amazing project! They made the right decision to fund this. Mike, you’re incredible.
lol… incredible as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Incredibles?
I think the project will have a lot to say about the spaces that birthed SL interpreting (in the UK at least) and the discourses that were passed on from those spaces to the modern day secular interpreting sphere. So I hope to have a lot to talk to you about on this in the future 🙂
Yes, there’s a lot for us to talk about. I wonder if I can get to the UK this summer for the institute???
Ooo… that would be great 🙂
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