ASL Lecture Series: Erin Moriarty Harrelson

Nov 20, 2019 at - | Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street

An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities

Erin Moriarty Harrelson

Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University

Tourism scholars have noted that tourists tend to seek out new, yet familiar, experiences. As a part of what Erin Harrelson calls “the deaf global circuit,” deaf tourists often want to visit deaf spaces and meet other deaf people. They make a point of seeking out both to better understand differences, especially between sign languages and cultural status. Harrelson will discuss Deaf tourist practices and the moralities that have been built around the deaf global circuit, showing clips from her ethnographic film as part of her 2018 fieldwork in Bali. Reception to follow.

Cosponsored by Penn’s American Sign Language Program, Department of Linguistics.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

5:00–6:30 pm

Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street Presented in ASL with voice interpretation.