27 October 2016

What Happens When a Free Speech Advocacy Center Decides Who Gets to Speak for Whom (and Who Gets to Listen)

Who Gets To Speak for the Deaf Community?

Some thoughts, on privilege, appropriation, representation, intersectionality, and how even progressives must keep moving forward.

Funny how a single well-intentioned note can derail your day. Usually I avoid looking at my email when I am trying to write, but somehow, last Wednesdayit happened—I peeked—and was pleasantly surprised to see the name of a friend and translation mentor in my inbox. Not having heard from her in a while, and with the intriguing subject line “The plenary on sign language,” I indulged. She wrote that the Free Word Centre in London had featured a presentation on sign language literature and poetry as the closing talk in its International Translation Day programming and she thought I’d be interested; however, she could only find the link to the audio recording. That can’t be right, I thought, still thrilled at the prospect that Deaf poets had been featured alongside other writers in translation. I clicked through the link and began to search. Read the rest on LitHub>

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