Call for Papers: Deaf-gain and the future of Human Diversity
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Call for Papers: Deaf-Gain and the Future of Human Diversity
H-Dirksen L. Bauman and Joseph J. Murray, Editors
“Deaf-gain” is a term that upends the traditional understanding of d/Deaf people as defined by “hearing-loss” and asks what insights emerge if we ask, “what do people gain from being d/Deaf?”
The idea of physical difference as a gain for humanity directly challenges hegemonies of normativity, with its focus on difference as deficiency. While biotechnology has operated within this deficit model, new social discourses on biocultural diversity and genetics have the potential to offer new ways of understanding variation as an intrinsic element of the human condition. Just as greater biodiversity is an indicator of the health of an ecosystem, greater cognitive, linguistic, cultural and physical diversity may be seen as an indicator of a healthy society. Such a perspective reframes deafness not as a lack, but as an expression of human diversity with vital contributions to the greater good of society, resulting in an overall existential gain for humanity.
This collection seeks to bring together emerging conversations in various fields which provide insight into the many manifestations of Deaf-gain. This interdisciplinary collection welcomes contributions from scholars in neuroscience, psycholinguistics, linguistics, bioethics, cultural studies, media studies, Deaf studies, disability studies, visual studies, architecture, urban planning, poetics, literature, history, anthropology, and other fields in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. We also welcome contributions from outside academe, from the perspectives of policymakers and community activists as well as experiential-based narratives that offer insights on Deaf-ways-of-being. We encourage co-authored papers that bring together writers from different fields for new perspectives.
To read more about Deaf-gain, please see the following articles: The DSDJ article below is both ASL and English:
Bauman, H-Dirksen and Joseph J. Murray. “Reframing: From Hearing Loss to Deaf-Gain” Deaf Studies Digital Journal 1:1, Fall 2009. http://dsdj.gallaudet.edu/
Bauman, H-Dirksen and Joseph J. Murray. ’Deaf Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Deaf-gain and the Future of Human Diversity,” Oxford Handbook on Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Volume 2. Oxford University Press. Anticipated publication date: Summer 2010.
Abstracts should be e-mailed to the editors in Word-compatible attachment and include:
• Tentative title
• A 300-500 word description of the proposed article and its contribution to the development of the concept of Deaf-gain.
• The author(s) names, address, affiliation, telephone number, and email address.
Abstracts/Proposals (300-500 words) due: May 1, 2010
Acceptances made by June 1, 2010
Accepted and completed papers due: October 30, 2010.
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