Deaf People on the Move

February 23, 2022 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Live Virtual Presentation

Deaf People on the Move

Temporal Dimensions

Sancheeta Iyer

Mobile Deaf Project; PhD Researcher, Languages & Intercultural Studies; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

Amandine Le Maire

Mobile Deaf Project; PhD Researcher, Languages & Intercultural Studies; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

Presented in collaboration with the ASL Program


Mobile Deaf Project researchers Sancheeta Iyer and Amandine Le Maire explore mobilities of deaf people across international borders and how deaf people settle in a new environment. In this virtual program, they present their findings from two studies: a study based on everyday lived experiences of deaf people who were forced to migrate to Kakuma Refugee Camp and a study of everyday lived experiences of deaf migrants living in London. Employing varied ethnographic approaches, the pair research how deaf refugees’ and migrants’ everyday experiences are shaped by learning a new language, resettling in a new place, interacting with a new community/ties, maintaining contact with their families and friends, and waiting for future opportunities which enable the advancement of their life trajectories. Iyer and Le Maire zoom in on this experience of waiting, which happens on different scales and has different temporal dimensions, and explore how the experience of waiting is shaped by factors such as the deaf migrants’ and refugees’ nationalities, cultures, languages, religions, race, and gender. 

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