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WEDNESDAY, October 24, 12:30 pm: Sharon S. Marie, “For Love or Money: Negotiating Relationality in Hà Nội Sign Language Interpreting”


Sharon S. Marie

PhD candidate, UChicago

Department of Comparative Human Development

For Love or Money: Negotiating Relationality in  Nội Sign Language Interpreting

Saieh Hall, Room 103

October 24th, 12:30-1:50

Light lunch will be provided

Abstract: What does it mean to love disabled people, and what does it mean to provide services out of love? In disability studies, love has often treated critically, with scholars excavating the way claims of loving disabled people carry connotations of pity, desire to save people, or paint disabled people as an undifferentiated other. Yet in Hà Nội, Việt Nam, one of the primary expectations Deaf people have for sign language interpreters is that they demonstrate love for Deaf people. In this presentation, I explore what the imperative to love Deaf people means and the types of relationality it affords, situating love for Deaf people within other discourses of love in Việt Nam. I also examine how interpreters express love for Deaf people in changing economic conditions.


There is no advance reading for this presentation.  This is a work in progress, so please come prepared for a thoughtful discussion to offer Sharon constructive critical feedback.

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All Disability Studies Workshop events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events this quarter will be hosted in Saieh Hall, Room 103.  (Returning participants, please note the new location!) Saieh 103 wheelchair accessible, though for navigational purposes, please note that it is on the west side of the building, down a long hallway (with a somewhat uneven tiled surface) from the accessible front entrance. An overall campus map is available here, and one focused on accessible entrances and exits to Saieh Hall is here. We are committed to making the workshop accessible; if there are accommodations that would be of use to you, please contact mgborus@uchicago.edu or shrutiv@uchicago.edu.


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