Our 10-year anniversary: Thank you
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 10-year anniversary event last week at UCLan, celebrating a decade of working with disadvantaged deaf communities in the Global South to improve their access to communication, education, research, and employment.
We are grateful to our many presenters and participants for making this event so inspiring and memorable.
Our research fellow Dr Nick Palfreyman presented on the work of our research hubs in Indonesia and India, and conveyed our plans for launching new international hubs in the near future. He said: “It is a great privilege to be part of iSLanDS for many reasons, including its commitment to applying sign language research creatively, making a positive difference to the lives of deaf people around the world. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed our work over the past 10 years, and we look forward to the next decade of our journey as a pioneering research institute”.
Keiko Sagara talked about her work and studies here at iSLanDS, and about her current project at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, Japan, which established a Sign Language Linguistics Research Section last year. She added: “I now do research on historical sign linguistics at Minpaku with my own project on sign language varieties in Japan and Taiwan. I also initiated a monthly research group hosted at Kwansei Gakuin University, modelled on the postgraduate study group at iSLanDS, where deaf and hearing people from several universities can come together and discuss sign language research”.
Our director, Prof Ulrike Zeshan OBE, commented that the past 10 years have allowed iSLanDS to consolidate its identity and work portfolio as a deaf-centric international institute with a unique network of partners, associates, and deaf-led research hubs. She said: “We’re very proud of the many successes and impacts that our staff, students, and partners have achieved, and we deeply appreciate everyone who has worked with us over the years”.
To mark our anniversary, we are compiling a “video stories” project throughout 2017, featuring the success stories of our members around the world. We will post more details about this project here soon.