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A New Perspective on the Multiple Intersections That Occur Between Nationalities, Cultures, Languages, Religions, Races, Genders, and Identities

In It’s a Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters, editors Michele Friedner and Annelies Kusters profile the fascinating and, at times, controversial concept of deaf-same and its influence on deaf spaces locally and globally. A diverse group of international contributors—from academics and activists of various backgrounds and training in disciplines including deaf studies, history, law, economics, international development, anthropology, cultural studies, interpreting, linguistics, language policy, and theology—provide an understanding of how sameness and difference are powerful yet contested categories in deaf worlds.

Friedner and Kusters explain that “some authors have highlighted the strength of seemingly universal commonalities between deaf people. Some authors focus on how deaf people come together on the basis of a double commonality: being deaf and Christian, being deaf and Jewish, being deaf and an artist or art lover, or being deaf and a youth. Some authors emphasize the need for critical perspectives. Most authors, however, recognize both: they are affirmative of the power of deaf-same and at the same time highlight differences and/or inequalities.”

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Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research: Selected Papers from the First International Symposium brings together the best research presented at the inaugural International Symposium on Signed Language Interpreting and Translation Research, held at Gallaudet University in March 2014. Editors Brenda Nicodemus and Keith Cagle have gathered an international group of contributors who are recognized leaders in signed language interpreter education and research. The ten papers in this volume cover a range of topics, making it an invaluable resource to scholars, students, and practitioners. Read more about this collection in the introduction, and order your copy of Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research online or by mail.

ProtoView published a succinct summary of author Claire H. Blatchford’s autobiography, stating: “This memoir details one woman’s journey from silence into sound. Mostly deaf since six years old from complications with mumps, Blatchford decides to receive a cochlear implant at age sixty-seven. Having lived a lifetime functioning with speechreading, oral communication (instead of American Sign Language), and hearing aids, the author recounts her fear of losing the last of her hearing to ‘cosmic deafness’ and her decision to have the surgery. The author recounts things she longed to hear, undergoing surgery, and the experience after the implant, which was accompanied by many stages: a brief period of being ‘brain deaf’ followed by a period of only hearing a ‘soup of sound,’ and finally hearing sentences, her own voice, and her grandchildren. The author also includes advice to those considering a cochlear implant.” Order Coming to My Senses by mail or online.

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