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“The Impact of Academic Work on Deaf Communities” – iSLanDS International Open Day – Saturday July 2

26 April, 2011

After the great success of last years India Open day and Deaf Community leadership workshop, this year’s iSLanDS Open day will focus on the impact of iSLanDS’ academic work on the various Deaf communities we work with in Jordan, Turkey, Indonesia, Uganda, and India. Presentations will include an overview of the impact of our work on peer education programs, online learning programs, language documentation and description, and heritage language projects regarding village sign languages. The open day includes keynote presentations by Tessa Padden and Gary Quinn, who have been involved in the Deaf literacy programs in India. Conference languages are British Sign Language and International Sign. Entrance is free, but please register by sending an email to Claire Perdomo

09:30 Registration open
10:00 Introduction: “Academic Work and Deaf Communities” – Ulrike Zeshan, iSLanDS and DEF
10:45 Keynote address: Tessa Padden, Heriot-Watt University
11:30 Coffee/Tea break
12:00 “Deaf Literacy in India” – Sibaji Panda, iSLanDS and Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Tour of the iSLanDS sign language lab
14:00 “Linguistic Research and Deaf Empowerment in Indonesia and Uganda” – Nicholas Palfreyman and Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, iSLanDS
14:45 “Endangered Sign Languages in Village Communities”- EuroBabel project team, iSLanDS (Connie de Vos, Hasan Dikyuva, Cesar Ernesto Escobedo Delgado, Sara Lanesman, Sibaji Panda, Ulrike Zeshan)
15:30 Coffe/Tea break
16:00 Keynote address: Gary Quinn, Heriot-Watt University
16:45 Film screening: “Sign Linguists Around the World”
17:15 Closing – Ulrike Zeshan

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