Monday, June 22, 2020

Anthropology News: "Sign Languages as Disaster Entertainment"

Sign Languages as Disaster Entertainment

by Lynn Hou and Octavian Robinson
June 19, 2020

Sign language interpreters have become social media celebrities of our coronavirus moment. But signing is not a form of light entertainment; it should be lifesaving information.

Some gems from the article:

Read the whole article:

Cite as: Hou, Lynn, and Octavian Robinson. 2020. “Sign Languages as Disaster Entertainment.” Anthropology News website, June 19, 2020. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1444

Thursday, June 18, 2020

"Distribution of ¥46.6 billion 'Abenomasks' likely to wrap up on Monday [6/15/2020]" - We just got ours yesterday...

Prime Minister Abe supposedly sent every household in Japan 2 masks. We have 3 in our family (4 if you count our cat...). And the masks are too small, even for a Japanese adult...

And the masks discriminate against deaf people and sign language users. Facial expression in sign languages is very important not only for expressing meaning and nuance, but are a vital part of the grammar. (You might have seen in the news various attempts at deaf friendly masks with clear plastic.)

Article: "Distribution of ¥46.6 billion 'Abenomasks' likely to wrap up on Monday" (The Japan Times, 6/12/2020):

Bonus meme:

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Film Screen and Discussion about "Distributed Multimodalities: Ethnographic experiments in Memory and Performance" at Visual Anthro-Film Laboratory

You have another chance to see the film and hear about the project! (announcement from Anthro-Film Laboratory)

Film Screen and Discussion about "Distributed Multimodalities: Ethnographic experiments in Memory and Performance" (Zoom Meeting)

Date: 2020 June 20th 10:00~12:00 am. in Japanese time

※Request for participation is required by June 17th to The Zoom link will be sent to participants. The number of participants will be limited to 30 people.

This session aims at discussing about the theme "Distributed Multimodalities: Ethnographic experiments in Memory and Performance", which originally took place as a panel of the International Biennial Online Conference Distribute 2020, organized by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA). The 40 min. panel consists of 5 min. segmented presentations made by 8 anthropologists or performers/artists. By discussing this panel, we would like not only to deepen the understanding of the topic, but also to envision the future of multimodal panel presentations and ethnographic collective works.

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For more info about the project: