Emancipation Processes in the Ugandan Deaf Community

Sign Language & Emancipation: a Fascinating World of Research

As a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO), I am affiliated with Ghent University (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Centre for Local Politics). For my research project (2012-2015), I am studying sustainable development of sign communities in diverse contexts around the world.

The project continues my studies on empowerment, identity dynamics, and emancipation processes in deaf/sign communities. Sign language, deaf culture, diversity, learning, and equal opportunities are the main themes in my research on intercultural citizenship.

I am applying different scientific disciplines, including the social sciences and anthropology, deaf studies, deaf education, and development studies, for documentation of cultural, linguistic, and learning practices of deaf communities. I view deaf studies as an emanicipatory project in which the participation of deaf people is at the core, which encourages research by deaf scholars, and which welcomes partnerships of deaf communities, professionals, policymakers, advocates, and local communities.

For almost 10 years, my research has focused on the capacity of deaf people to "flourish" in wide-ranging settings in both Western and non-Western countries.

You can learn more about me and my research on this website.
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