Indonesian universities explore collaboration with iSLanDS thanks to British Council
We are excited to share that our research fellow Dr Nick Palfreyman has spent the past few weeks exploring sign language research cooperation in Indonesia.
His four-week trip was funded by the British Council’s Second City Higher Education Partnerships Travel Grant (£3,000), as one of 23 recipients in the UK. He visited universities in Makassar (Sulawesi) and Padang (Sumatra), giving workshops and meeting with senior staff to discuss potential partnerships. In each city Nick also worked with local deaf people, raising awareness on sign language research.
He explained: ‘Sign language linguistics is not yet established as an area for Indonesia’s universities, but we know that research and teaching on this topic are vital for the development of the Indonesian deaf community. The workshops brought together academics and deaf community members, and feedback from these participants has been very positive. We are now putting together a follow-up plan.’
Nick added: ‘We are very grateful to British Council directors Teresa Birks, Summer Xia and their teams; to David Gil and his team at the MPI Field Station; and to staff members of the State University of Makassar (UNM), Hasnaruddin University (UNHAS), Bung Hatta University (UBH) and Andalas University (UNAND) for their part in making the trip a success.’
We would like to congratulate Nick and Muhammad on their trailblazing work, and look forward to sharing more news about collaborations between iSLanDS and our Indonesian colleagues here soon.