Deaf geographies, and other worlds.
Those watching Heriot Watt’s sign language interpreting and Deaf Studies work will know that it’s growing… In the last couple of years they have taken on Jemina Napier who immediately started jetting off all over the place carrying the good news of interpreting worldwide… Máiréad Nic Craith and Ulli Kockel have also come on board to add a new cultural element.
I’ve been up and taught there a couple of times, and it’s a place that has a real buzz about it. It’s also (I think) the only place in the UK where SL interpreting is taught alongside interpreters for spoken languages, and where you can go from nothing to registered interpreter in the space of an undergrad degree. The expertise is second to none.
If you want to see what they do, then there’s a regularly updated blog at http://lifeinlincs.wordpress.com which is definitely worth following.
Now there’s the opportunity to go and work with them. It’s a nine month post, at Assistant Prof level (that’s lecturer grade if you’re still on old money)… and appears most likely to be a sabbatical coverage position for Graham Turner who is taking much needed writing time having been research director there for a long while.
The job is posted at http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/job-opportunities/17624.htm