About Acadeafic

This is Acadeafic, curated by Maartje De Meulder, Annelies Kusters, Joseph Murray and Erin Moriarty. We are four deaf academics and friends, and editors of this website.

We have set up this website because there is an amazing output of research on sign language and Deaf Studies (journal articles, books, research projects, you name it), but as a research community, we can do more to share our research with each other and with wider groups, also beyond academia.

This website gives you as a researcher an opportunity to do exactly that: talk about your research and interests in an accessible way.

We want you! If you are interested to write an Acadeafic article, get in touch and check our editorial guidelines. We are also open to re-post blogs from other websites; if you want us to do that, get in touch.

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!

The editors

Maartje is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Namur, Belgium. She specialises in Deaf Studies and applied language studies, specifically language policy and language rights. She is frequently observed writing in public spaces surrounded by coffee snobs.

Annelies is Assistant 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!

Joe 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 is 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!