RIT / NTID Hosts Literary and Artistic Works Conference on Deaf Experiences, November 6-9

Academics, students, cultural studies and deaf sign language professors, artists, playwrights, filmmakers, poets, writers and historians will visit the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology from November 6 to 9 for an international conference focused on examining literary and artistic works on the experiences of the deaf.

The ARTiculating Deaf Experiences conference will feature exhibitions at RIT / NTID’s Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center and Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, as well as performances of sign language literature, a play, presentations, short group discussions, a banquet, and deaf artist salespeople and company exhibitors.

Keynote speakers are French anthropologist and performer Olivier Schetrit, teacher and deaf learning specialist Kristi Merriweather and Brazilian poet Fernanda de Araugo Machado.

Schetrit is a postdoctoral researcher at CEMS-CNRS-EHESS, a leading research center in Paris known for the development of conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools for sociological analysis. Deaf from birth, he is a stylist and actor by training and is part of the professional troupe International Visual Theater, the only theater for the deaf in Paris. He is also a professional teacher, director and storyteller. His talk is entitled “IVT: The Contribution of the Art of Emancipation to a Deaf Art History: A Selection of Contemporary Cases”.

Merriweather, educator and deaf learning specialist, has been deaf since she was 2 years old. His poems have been published in Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology. She is a co-founding member of the Atlanta Tribe of Deaf ACE (DeafBlack Americans Committed to Empowerhood) and has put together a National Youth Program for BlackSourds Teens for National Black Deaf Advocates. His speech, “Do It For the Culture: A Critical Look into the Evolving BlackDeaf Expressions in Written English” (Do It For the Culture: A Critical Look into the Evolving BlackDeaf Expressions in Written English), highlights certain cultural characteristics synthesized in the world art / literature of BlackDeafs and their potential impact on the multifaceted deaf world.

Fernanda de Araugo Machado is a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. She graduated in arts education, languages ​​and translation. She is part of the Libras Corpus research group and is a member of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development’s Directory of Research Groups. She also coordinated the Brazilian Folk Art Festival Surda. She will talk about the “Anthology of Poetics in Brazilian Sign Language.

“All cultures create works to represent who they are. Deaf culture is no exception, ”said Patti Durr, associate professor at NTID and co-organizer of the conference. “A conference of this nature will hopefully inspire cross-pollination of different genera and themes. In the early 1990s, NTID hosted two major ASL Literature Conferences and to this day people continue to comment on them and ask for more. With 2019 being the 30th anniversary of De’VIA, a genre of visual art that represents the deaf experience and deaf culture, and the 10th anniversary of Deafism, an international movement to promote social justice for deaf people through artistic and literary expressions, NTID is the ideal place to host this important university conference.

Early registration is $ 200 and runs until September 14, with a student discount. For more information and to see the full schedule, go to https://www.rit.edu/ntid/adeccon/.

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