Deaf People on the Move

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

Live Virtual Presentation

Deaf People on the Move

Temporal Dimensions

Sanchu 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 Sanchu 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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Scholar Sanchu Iyer wearing a colorful scarf standing in front of a rain speckled window.Londoner Sanchu Iyer holds a BA (hon) in Development Studies and Geography from SOAS and King’s College in London. After participating in a short postgraduate course in Deaf Children, Youth and International Development in ISS at the Royal Kentalis in the Netherlands, Iyer completed a MSc in Children, Youth and International Development in Birkbeck College in London. An interest in International Development led Iyer to volunteer in Manilla with the Philippines Federation of the Deaf and act as a volunteer trustee for an organisation supporting deaf people in Burundi and Rwanda. Prior to embarking on her PhD, she worked for the Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association in London. Currently, Iyer is a PhD candidate working within the labour migration project at Heriot Watt University.


Scholar Amandine le Maire standing in a green field on a sunny day.Originally from Belgium, Amandine le Maire holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a MA in Anthropology from the Université Catholique de Louvain. le Maire’s scholarship centers on deaf spaces and the relocation and displacement of deaf people. At present, le Maire is working on her PhD at Heriot Watt University; her research focuses on deaf refugees as part of the MobileDeaf project.