When: August 24, 12:30 to 3:00pm
Where: Just Movements CreateSpace (Uhall 2-131)
Who: By invite. Contact Danielle if you want to join.
COVID: Everyone attending must have a negative test from no more than 2 hours before the event. (Unless you have a surgical-grade see through mask, for access purposes)
Interpreters: LSQ-ASL, LSQ-English, ASL-English provided. contact Danielle for all other access needs.
We're waving hands! Cultural citizenship of Deaf people
Véro Leduc, Florence Lacombe, Isaac Leal and Jennifer Manning
The Canada Research Chair on Cultural Citizenship of Deaf People and Cultural Equity Practices aims to promote the full social and cultural participation of Deaf people. Valuing principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, this research chair is based on an approach by, for and with Deaf people. The team is composed of researchers, students and community members who are Deaf, Disabled, Mad or experiencing mental issues, neuroatypical or allies.
During this workshop, two projects will be presented and discussed. The first one is We're waving hands! Cultural citizenship of Deaf people and cultural accessibility practices. This research aims to question: In our society where privileges are conferred on those who hear and where sign languages are less valued, how do Deaf people consider their citizenship and cultural belonging? In 2021, the Chair's team conducted 21 interviews with Deaf artists and Deaf and hearing cultural workers from Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Ottawa who have developed exemplary practices in cultural accessibility. Due to the pandemic, interviews were held on Zoom. Feeling of belonging is the first video capsule to have been produced from excerpts from these interviews, and it presents the reflections of 12 deaf artists on audism, feeling of belonging, cultural citizenship and their wishes for greater cultural equity.
The second one is Music at the fingertips : Exploration of intersections between music and ageing in Deaf communities in Montréal. Since 2018, Véro Leduc has been conducting research on Deaf music, in collaboration with Line Grenier (U of Montreal), and a team of assistants, Deaf and hearing: Charline Savard, Clément Decault, Hodan Youssouf, Jennifer Manning and Mélina Bernier. This research aims to question like How ageing Deaf people have accessed and experienced music as a cultural practice in the past and how are they doing it now? What media and technologies shape their “musicking” (Small, 1998) and inform their attachments (Hennion, 2014) to music? To which music cultures do they feel a sense of belonging? The project holds five components: 1) a mediagraphy listing a diversity of Deaf music, ranging from original signed music to the translation of hearing songs in sign languages; 2) 11 video interviews with Deaf people who sign in LSQ and ASL about their musical trajectories throughout their life; 3) A group interview with 8 Deaf adults on their musical heritage; 4) thematic video capsules produced from excerpts from interviews and 5) reflection workshops based on those video capsules.
Three videos links will be send beforehand for the participants to watch them in advance, so the workshop can give more space for discussion. Feeling of belonging (13 min) is available in LSQ-ASL, with English of French subtitles, and English or French audiodescription. Music to me (7 min) and Musicking : our experiences in music (10 min) are available in LSQ-ASL, with English of French subtitles. There is no audiodescription for the moment, but it could be produced upon request.
This event is sponsored through three Canada Research Chairs (SSHRC): Véro Leduc, Joanne Weber, and Danielle Peers.
Location: U Hall 2-131
Invitation: if you'd like, read the article below, and then come in for some collective dreaming while we plant some wee plants for you to take with you (or leave in the space).
Commitment to crip communal care: please ensure you have a negative covid rapid antigen test as close to attending as possible (within a couple hours). We will have extra tests available if you forget. Feel free to mask as well if you like.
Please let me know if you will be attending so we can ensure we have all the supplies we need :) Also, let me know if there is anything that would make this gathering more available or meaningful for you. For covid safety, we are working to keep this gathering relatively small, but if there is someone else you believe would find meaning in this gathering, please reach out.
Invite to reading, if you like (follow link to access):
Peers, D., Joseph, J., McGuire-Adams, T., Eales, L., Fawaz, N., Chen, C., Hamdon, E., Kingsley, B., (Accepted, July 2022). We become gardens: Intersectional methodologies for mutual flourishing. Leisure/Loisir (30 pages).