Position: 2nd Yr PhD Student - The Ohio State University, Department of Geography (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Research Interest: undocumented immigration, political and social theory, legal geography, deaf studies, philosophy and practice of interpreting
Languages: English, ASL, German, Spanish (in that order)
Experience: 9 years of interpreting experience, worked at two deaf schools
Goals: increase inter-disciplinary work between geography and Deaf studies
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Mary Beth Kitzel CI, CT. MSc (Sussex)
Position: Director of the Field School in Deaf Geographies and Visiting Fellow at Queen's University's (Canada) Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Hailsham, East Sussex. PhD candidate (submitted) and Associate Tutor in Geography at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Research interests: My current research interests are formed by my previous work as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter in Rochester, New York (http://www.ntid.rit.edu/). They lie in combining human geography, history, and sign language, deaf studies, historical linguistics, ethno-history, and local and social history. The title of my PhD thesis is 'Chasing Ancestors: Searching for the roots of American Sign Language in the Kentish Weald, 1620-1851'.
Languages: English and ASL
Experience: Founder and Director of the first field school and curriculum with a focus in Deaf Geographies. Three years teaching at Queen's University's (Canada) Bader International Study Centre and three years teaching at all levels in Human Geography at the University of Sussex. Previously trained and worked many years as a sign language interpreter at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY. See: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/geography/people/peoplelists/person/210129 and for information on the Field School see: http://www.queensu.ca/bisc/academics/programs/upper-year/specialized-programs-2014/deaf-geographies
Goals: To engage in, foster and encourage scholarship between my evermore fascinating academic interests of DEAF Studies and Human Geography.
By Jason Theriault, April 2011
Position: 2nd year MSc Student in Urban studies at INRS-UCS (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Research interests: Deaf geography, accessibility of the services provided in sign language, spaces of Deaf identity-building, GIS, social and cultural geography
Languages: LSQ, ASL, French, English
Experience: Deaf; many years of work and volunteering experience within the Deaf community; 5 years of ASL/LSQ interpreting experience
Goals: The recognition of Deaf geography as an interdisciplinary field and the introduction of geographical approaches in the Deaf studies researches
Mike Gulliver PhD
Position: Researcher - University of Bristol, UK.
Research Interests: DEAF space, historical geography, spaces of knowledge/communication, social/cultural theory, utopia as method, micro/meta politics, sensory UI and virtual spaces, translation.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, BSL
Experience: 10 years teaching, 9 research.
Goals: Explore the extraordinary potential that DEAF (and other) spaces have to challenge and reauthor realities that are assumed by most to simply 'be'.
Position: 1st year PhD Student - University of Kansas, Department of Geography (Lawrence, Kansas, USA)
Research Interests: virtual spaces especially video gaming spaces, social networking websites, hybrid geographies, communication spaces, linguistic spaces of ASL, spatial language, Deaf Studies, spatial philosophy
Languages: English, ASL
Experience: Minor in Deaf Studies from University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH), volunteering within the Kent, Ohio and Northeast Ohio Deaf Communities, B.A. and M.A. in Geography. http://www2.ku.edu/~geography/peoplepages/Fekete_E.shtml
Goals: integrate American Sign Language more within the geography community, increase understanding of spatial aspects of language, encourage the continued cross-disciplinary study between Deaf Studies and Geography
Position: Masters Candidate - California State University, Long Beach, Department of Geography
Research Interests: Deaf geography, Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), Children's geography, social space and identity-building, social geography.
Languages: English and ASL
Experience: Grew up with two Deaf parents and as part of the Deaf community.
Goals: To continue the integration of Deaf studies and geography.