RIDBC - 4th Australasian Deaf Studies Research Symposium

Event Date
October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney

RIDBC - 4th Australasian Deaf Studies Research Symposium

This is a collaboration between the RIDBC Renwick Centre and Latrobe University.

This Symposium is the fourth in the Deaf Studies Research Symposium series, following similar events in 1998, 2003 and 2008. RIDBC Renwick Centre looks forward to continuing this tradition of sharing ground-breaking research in Deaf Studies, with a special focus on Deaf people’s language, culture, history and education. This event will be co-hosted by La Trobe University in Melbourne. The theme of the event will be ‘The Deaf Brain’ – neuroscience is becoming one of the most exciting and compelling new contributors to our understanding of Deaf people and their lives.

The Symposium program will include keynote presentations from Dr Karen Emmorey and Professor Peter Hauser, panel discussions about the implications of neuroscience findings for different aspects of Deaf people’s lives, and presentations about new and ongoing research in Australia and New Zealand (contributions from elsewhere in the world are also welcome).

Call for Papers

Expressions of interest are invited for presentations on the following Deaf Studies topics:

  • Sign language linguistics
  • Deaf education and early intervention
  • Sociology/ethnography/anthropology of deaf communities
  • Deaf history
  • Art and performance
  • Politics
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Psychology of deafness


Researchers and educators from all Deaf Studies-related areas are invited to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference.

Papers should be relevant to the theme and may include research, descriptions of teaching practices or programs, or be well-considered position papers.


1) Papers for presentations (60 minutes)
Presentations may include original research, innovative programs, professional practices, and theoretical and conceptual advances relating to the theme of the conference. Approximately 75 per cent of time should be spent on the presentation and 25 per cent of time dedicated to a question and answer session with the participants.

2) Papers for workshops (60 minutes)
Workshops offer opportunities to develop participants’ skills using a variety of interactive methods. This format also offers presenters an opportunity to conduct the session to discuss controversial and contested topics with their audience, who are at the same time encouraged to play an active role in the discussion.


A 150–200 word abstract and 100 word bio for promotional use for the conference is

required. We also require a high resolution jpeg photo of you (minimum 2MB).


All abstracts, biographies and photos will need to be submitted by Friday, 27 June 2014. Please send your submissions to trudy.smith@ridbc.org.au


All submissions will be reviewed by the Planning Committee and notices of acceptances will be sent to you by 25 July 2014.


Keynote Presenters:

Dr. Karen Emmorey is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and the Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Emmorey’s research focuses on what sign languages can reveal about the nature of human language, cognition, and the brain. She studies the processes involved in how deaf and hearing people produce and comprehend sign language and how these processes are represented in the brain. Her research interests also include bimodal bilingualism (i.e., sign-speech bilingualism) and the neurocognitive underpinnings of reading skill in profoundly deaf adults.

Dr. Hauser is the Director of the Deaf Studies Laboratory (DSL) in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.  At DSL, he studies the cognitive, language, and psychosocial aspects of the Deaf experience. DSL is also where Dr. Hauser directs the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Rochester Bridges to Doctorate program, which recruits and trains the nations top Deaf scholars for biomedical and behavioral science careers.  He is also the National Science Mentorship Leader for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.  He has co-authored several books, published in over 40 peer review journals, and presented his work nationally and internationally.


Intended Program 

Please contact Trudy Smith (trudy.smith@ridbc.org.au) prior to registering for remote access to ensure your system is compatible.


Fee Schedule 

Full Registration AUD275
One Day Registration AUD160
Student AUD100
Remote Access AUD200