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Indonesian deaf research hub PUPET launched by iSLanDS

4 June, 2015
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We are very pleased to share that yesterday our research hub in Indonesia was officially opened by our Indonesian colleagues alongside research fellow Nick Palfreyman. The hub’s name is PUPET (Pusat Penelitian Tuli ‘Deaf Research Centre’). About 20 deaf community members celebrated the launch in West Java with Nick and local consultant Muhammed Isnaini.

Members of the Indonesian Deaf community at yesterday's launch in West Java

Members of the Indonesian Deaf community at yesterday’s launch in West Java

Muhammad, who has played an instrumental role in local coordination and establishing the hub, explained that PUPET has three aims, all linked with Bisindo (Indonesian Sign Language).

He explained: “We want to raise the capacity of deaf Bisindo teachers, conduct high quality research on Bisindo, and create literacy materials for deaf children. We will also continue to find opportunities to work on leadership and capacity building”. Muhammad offered his thanks to iSLanDS and UCLan for supporting the work of PUPET in its early stages.

PUPET Coordinator Muhammad Isnaini cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the research hub

PUPET Coordinator Muhammad Isnaini cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the research hub

Nick Palfreyman has worked with the Indonesian deaf community since 2007 and recently completed his PhD thesis on sociolinguistic aspects of Indonesian Sign Language varieties. He said it has been a privilege to collaborate with Muhammad and other talented members of this community for so many years, and is thrilled that a research hub has now been opened which will accelerate capacity building in the country.

He commented: “The opening of PUPET here in Bekasi, West Java, is a reflection of the hard work of Muhammad Isnaini and his colleagues over the past few months, and I am delighted that Indonesia now has this much-needed research facility. A lot of important work lies ahead, to make sure that the research conducted at PUPET on Indonesian Sign Language has maximal positive impact on the lives of members of the Indonesian deaf community.”

The launch included a talk by Deaf school headteacher Galuh Sukmara, who has an MA in sign linguistics from La Trobe University

The launch included a talk by Deaf school headteacher Galuh Sukmara, who has an MA in sign linguistics from La Trobe University

Please join us as we congratulate our Indonesian friends and colleagues on the successful launch of this new research hub. The iSLanDS Institute is grateful for their individual and group efforts and their longstanding collaboration with us that has led to this exciting milestone.

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