This is Acadeafic, a deaf-curated multi-author academic platform that aims for Deaf Studies and sign language researchers to share their work in a bite-sized format.
Acadeafic is curated by Maartje De Meulder, Annelies Kusters, Joseph Murray and Erin Moriarty. We are four deaf academics and friends, and managing editors of this website.
We have set up this website because there is an amazing output of research on Deaf Studies and sign languages (journal articles, books, research projects, dissertations, and more), but as a research community we want to do more to share our work with audiences within and beyond academia, on an open-access basis, and in formats that are easier to digest than full-length academic prose.
This website gives you as a researcher an opportunity to do exactly that: talk about your research and interests in an accessible way.
All our posts are bilingual, consisting of a blog in English and a vlog in International Sign (or a national signed language). The blogs and vlogs are designed to act as stand-alone pieces and are not necessarily translations from one language to the other. We believe that texts in a written language such as English and in a signed language are often meant for different audiences, and should be produced with this audience design in mind. Therefore, at Acadeafic a written blog can have a slightly different content than a signed video blog, can highlight different issues or examples, and have a different structure or aim.
We want you! If you are interested to write an Acadeafic article, get in touch and check our editorial guidelines.
This website is deaf-curated but it goes without saying that we also welcome blogs/vlogs from hearing researchers. In fact, we encourage you to share your research here and make it relevant to a wider audience!
Maartje De Meulder is lecturer/senior researcher at University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. She lives in Belgium. Her research interests are in Deaf Studies and applied language studies. Within Deaf Studies she is primarily interested in language and communication, and within applied language studies she engages with Deaf Studies perspectives. She is frequently observed writing in public spaces such as coffee houses and train stations, and believes Antwerp is the most beautiful city in the world.
Annelies Kusters is Associate Professor in Sign Language and Intercultural Research at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She currently leads a deaf research team focusing on intersectionality and translanguaging in the context of international deaf mobilities, called MobileDeaf. She specialises in Deaf Studies, human geography, applied linguistics, and social anthropology. Her secret to deal with academic multitasking is her bullet journal, and her dream is to have a large vegetable garden one day!
Joseph Murray is Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He has published widely in the area of Deaf Studies, history, and human rights. As a scholar active in international human rights advocacy, any given month will likely see Joe spending more commuting hours in planes than in cars.
Erin Moriarty is Assistant Professor ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and a Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with the MobileDeaf project. Her current research project focuses on deaf tourist mobilities and translanguaging in Bali, Indonesia. Her specializations include Deaf Studies, linguistic ethnography, translanguaging, and tourism. On Saturday evenings, she is often at someone’s dining room table, playing a heated game of Exploding Kittens. Or, Pandemic, but lately, she’s been losing, so the world would be in a bit of a pickle if she was an infectious diseases specialist in real life!
Hilde Haualand is Associate Professor at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. She is the head of the section for sign language and interpreting, where she currently teaches and studies sign language interpreting as a profession and as a social insitution, and works with her colleagues to give sign language a boost in education. She sets her mind at ease by swimming, knitting or digging her hands down in some dirty mold to help green things thrive.
Okan Kubus is W2-Professor at the Department of Sign Language Interpreting at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. He teaches sign language linguistics, sign language interpreting and Deaf Studies. He collects magnets from around the world and hopes to have a collection of 500 soon. His favorite one is the magnet from his alma-mater, Middle East Technical University.
Octavian Robinson is Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University. He is a historian-by-training, disability studies scholar by fortune. While he dabbles in a variety of fields, all of his work is grounded in questions of belonging driven by his interest in the histories of marginalized populations within the United States during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the center of his work are questions of Disability Justice. He is fueled entirely by caffeine, canines, and card games.
Kristin Snoddon is Associate Professor with the School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. She teaches courses related to early literacy, inclusion, and social justice. Her research interests include inclusive education policy, sign language planning and policy, and critical ethnography. She enjoys baking and making others laugh.
Khadijat Rashid is Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services at Gallaudet University. She has published scholarly articles and book chapters on subjects as varied as interpreter-deaf professional relationships, deaf people’s experience with implants, and deaf communities in Africa. She once flew on a helicopter out to a US aircraft carrier, with the pilot insisting she wear ear protection for her (nonexistent) hearing!