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iSLanDS welcomes our deaf Indonesian collaborator for a technical visit

9 July, 2019

iSLanDS recently hosted a technical visit from Muhammad Isnaini, our long-term collaborator on the island of Java, Indonesia.

Muhammad is chair of PUPET, the Indonesia Deaf Research Centre, and his visit included several meetings to learn more about project management and funding applications.

Part of Muhammad’s two-week trip took place in London, where he met with staff from Al-Ishara, a deaf Muslim organisation based at the East London Mosque, and with the founder of the Empowering Deaf Society in Ilford.


Finding out about the work of Al-Ishara in Whitechapel

In addition to his role with PUPET, Muhammad teaches deaf children in Java, and interprets live news on Indonesian television.

With this in mind, he also met with teachers of the deaf, and visited Red Bee Media to learn more about BSL interpreting on television. There was also time to call in at DCAL, to find out more about the BSL Corpus Project.

With Lesley McGilp and Herbert Klein

Learning about interpreting – with Lesley McGilp and Herbert Klein at Red Bee Media

RedBee with Clark

Catching up with Clark Denmark at Red Bee Media

iSLanDS Co-director, Nick Palfreyman, joined Muhammad on the London leg of the trip. Dr. Palfreyman said “In the course of this visit we have both learned so much from the people we met.”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the visit a success.”

Visiting DCAL

Visiting members of the BSL Corpus team at DCAL


visiting BSL and Deaf Studies team

Discussing research on deaf history with colleagues from UCLan’s BSL & Deaf Studies team

Muhammad’s visit is part of iSLanDS’ ongoing commitment to build capacity of the deaf community in Indonesia, and was possible thanks to the support of UCLan and the Leverhulme Trust.

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