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17:9 Friday, September 25, 2015

International Week of the Deaf
A Global Celebration

This week is International Week of the Deaf (IWD), an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. The purpose of IWD—or Deaf Awareness Week, as it is also known—is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness Week encourage individuals to come together as a community for both educational events and celebrations.

In honor of this celebratory time for all deaf people, Gallaudet University Press is highlighting a select few of its international titles.

These select titles are available at 20% off through 10/27/15. Use the promo code INTL2015 at checkout for your discount.

Pre-order now! It’s a Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters, edited by Michele Friedner and Annelies Kusters, profiles the fascinating and, at times, controversial concept of deaf-same and its influence on deaf spaces locally and globally. Organized into five sections—Gatherings, Language, Projects, Networks, and Visions—the 23 chapters in this book provide an understanding of how sameness and difference are powerful yet contested categories in deaf worlds.


Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed Language Communities brings together 16 contributors, along with volume editors Audrey C. Cooper and Khadijat K. Rashid, who examine sub-Saharan African deaf people’s perspectives on citizenship, politics, and difference, and analyze Sub-Saharan Signed Language practices in relation to sociopolitical histories and social change interests. Read more about this revolutionary collection in the editors’ introduction.


Telling Deaf Lives: Agents of Change, edited by Kristin Snoddon, showcases the best of the Eighth Deaf History International Conference, which took place in July 2012 in Toronto, Canada. In the foreword, Anita Small summarizes, “This book is about the Deaf community taking charge of its own stories and history, compelling readers not only to learn about Deaf history but also to take action by sharing what they have learned and by recording their own Deaf lives and those of the Deaf community around them.” Read more about it here.


On, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Gallaudet University celebrated its 150-year existence as the sole institution of higher education in the world designed to meet the specific needs of deaf students. In The History of Gallaudet University: 150 Years of a Deaf American Institution, David F. Armstrong chronicles Gallaudet’s growth from a tiny college of less than twenty students into a modern comprehensive American university, discussing the university’s achievements as well as its failures. This excerpt gives more insight into the rich history of Gallaudet.


Featuring the very best of the scholarship presented at the Deaf Way II (DWII) international conference and arts festival held on July 8–13, 2002, in Washington, D.C., The Deaf Way II Reader: Perspectives from the Second International Conference on Deaf Culture reveals how deaf people throughout the world live, study, work, and play, as well as how they relate to their families and the dominant hearing societies in which most of them reside. Read a paper from part one.

And be sure to check out the Deaf awareness posters from our friends at Action Deafness in the UK.


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