The American Dream: Deaf history through deaf art

ID: 4092
School: School of Arts and Humanities
Program: Deaf Studies
Status: Ongoing
Start date: October 2020
End Date: August 2021


Terra foundation grant sponsored a historical retrospective of deaf communities through the work of deaf artists from 1900-1988.

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"Disability and Covid-19: A Roundtable,” Organization of American Historians, Virtual Conference, April 2021.

"Gender and historical memory in Deaf Protests," Deaf Academics Conference, Canada, 2021.

"Legacy of Eugenics in Deaf Discourses," Legacies of Eugenics in New England conference, Harvard University, 2021.

"Should We Take Matters into Our Own Hands?… That is the Question"! European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters, 2021.

"The American Dream: Deaf history through deaf arts," arts exhibition at Dyer Arts Center, 2021-2022.

"The Personal is Historical: creating narratives through reciprocal processes," Deaf History Conference, Germany, 2021.

"Valuing Deaf Input in Accessibility AI Research," AI & Sign Language conference, 2021.

Robinson, O. (2021). “Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History by Jaipreet Virdi {Review).” Endeavour.

Robinson, O. with Henner, J. (2021). “Signs of Oppression in the Academy: The Case of Signed Languages” in Linguistic Discrimination in Higher Education, New York: NY, Routledge Press.

Sheneman, N. and Robinson, O. "Helpers, professional authority, and pathologized bodies: ableism in interpretation and translation" in Translating Asymmetry- Rewriting Power, edited by O. Carbonelli i Cotes and E. Monzo-Nebot. John Benjamins Press, 2021.

Toward a Crip Linguistics, Language Across Modalities at the University of Michigan, 2021.

“Puppets, Jesters, and Memes: The Spectacle of Access,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL, March 2021.

“The Right to be Deaf,” Northeastern University, Zoom, November 2020.