Field School in Deaf Geographies
Now in its second year, the Field School in Deaf Geographies is designed to allow students to participate in an intense, faculty-led, primary research project, including aspects of the research process from data collection to dissemination. In the BISC tradition of learning through direct experience, students’ coursework is designed to support the research project as well as cover the broader topics of analytical and theoretical frameworks of Human Geography, social science research methods, and European Deaf history. The culminating experience will include students attending and presenting their work at an international conference. This school is ideal for those students considering advanced degrees and/or careers in research.
GPHY 370/3.0 - Special Topics in Human Geography: History of Deaf Spaces
Guided primary research, group work, field studies, traditional lectures, seminars, evaluations of readings, case studies, interviews
Examples of Field Studies*Field studies are designed to support the research project. They include opportunities to meet the local Deaf community and engage in archival activities.
Our Space Project in Brighton (local)
BSL Pride Day in London (national)
Archival Research Opportunities
Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone (general archives)
UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries in London (specialist library)
*subject to change.
Program Schedule 2014 Dates
June 23 – July 27
Enrolment / Deadline
20 students. Apply by March 15th, 2014
Undergraduate students with Level 2 standing
$6,400 CAD which includes tuition, residence and meal plan, transport and entrance fees for field studies. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, some meals while on field studies, health and travel insurance, and transport to and from UK.
Mike Gulliver is a researcher in Deaf historical geographies at the University of Bristol where he also completed his PhD. His work currently focuses on the spaces that were made available to Deaf people by the 19th century English church, and the way that those same spaces were produced by Deaf people for their own social, linguistic and community ends. Mike's background is originally in linguistics, and he worked for a time as an interpreter, translator and lecturer in both Europe and North America. His work typically uses spatial theory to explore Deaf (and other linguistic) lives from the embodied to the transnational. He teaches on the history of Deaf spaces.
Gill Harold is a social geographer whose primary research interests in Human Geography and Deaf Studies focus on questions of identity, difference, sound, sensory experience, language and citizenship. She is also very interested in qualitative research practice and the ethics of its conduct. With a thesis entitled Deafness, Difference and the City: geographies of urban difference and the right to the Deaf city, Gill obtained her PhD from the Department of Geography and School of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork, Ireland, in June 2012. Her doctoral research explored the everyday experiences of members of Deaf communities living in urban areas across Ireland, as well as in London, England, in order to explicate the hearing-centred values underpinning the social reproduction of urban public spaces and relations. This research informed the paper entitled ‘Reconsidering Sound and the City: asserting the right to the Deaf-friendly city’ which appeared in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space in 2013. Gill has worked as a project researcher on the 2012 study entitled ‘Access to Justice for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime in Ireland’ which was funded by Ireland’s National Disability Authority. This led to the development of Gill’s current research which is entitled ‘Exploring the experiences of Deaf victims in the spaces and process of the Irish criminal justice system’. This project, which commenced in October 2013, is a two-year Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship for which Gill is based in the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights within the Faculty of Law at University College Cork. Gill worked as a member of the teaching team on the inaugural Field School in Deaf Geographies at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle in Summer 2013.
Mary Beth Kitzel is the Director of the Field School in Deaf Geographies and a lecturer in Human Geography at the BISC. Deaf Geographies has recently emerged as one of the most exciting new areas of Human Geography. Drawing together questions of embodiment, communication, culture and belonging, Deaf Geographies ask what these fundamental building blocks of humanness look like through the eyes of a community who perform their cultural and social geographies in the visual. Field school participants take courses augmented by practical, primary research projects conducted in conjunction with some of the world’s leading experts. Kitzel, a historical geographer who studies at the University of Sussex, specialises in the history of early modern and Victorian English Deaf communities. In summer, 2013, she ran the first Deaf Geographies conference ever, based at the castle.
Amended January 2014