Communication and Culture | Current Topics in Communication and Culture: International Deaf Culture
C334 | 26301 | Leila Monaghan


Topic: International Deaf Cultures
Class Number: 26301
TuTh 1:00 PM-2:15 PM

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Professor: Leila Monaghan
E-mail: monaghan@indiana.edu
Office: Mottier Hall 221
Phone: 855-4607

This course looks at how Deaf cultures have sprung up again and
again around the world and the forces that shape these cultures.
One important theme will be the contrast between the values and
practices of parents and educators who want children to be able to
talk and interact with hearing society and those of Deaf community
members whose focus is on sign language, easy communication between
Deaf people, and gaining access to the jobs, goods and services of
the larger society as a group rather than as individuals.  The
course will take a cross cultural and historical perspective on the
issue, and will include readings on Deaf communities in Europe, the
United States, Latin America, Africa and Asia.  Competing notions
will be traced from roots in 16th century Spain and 18th century
France to their manifestations today in places ranging from
Nicaragua to Nigeria and Thailand.