Emancipation Processes in the Ugandan Deaf Community

Sign Language & Emancipation: a Fascinating World of Research

Dr. Goedele A.M. De Clerck specializes in interdisciplinary research with deaf people and sign language communities on their cultural diversity and wellbeing.

As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, she is affiliated with the Social Research with Deaf People (SORD) group at The University of Manchester. She holds a PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture (anthropology) from Ghent University (2009). 

Her research has focused on deaf communities’ emancipation, empowerment, identity dynamics, sustainable development, cultural diversity, cross-cultural perspectives, and processes of learning (epistemologies). Apart from generating projects in Flanders, she has extensive experience in working with deaf people and sign language communities around the world.

During her doctoral and postdoctoral research at Ghent, she was a visiting scholar at Gallaudet University (USA), the University of Buea (Cameroon), and Kyambogo University (Uganda).