Research student presents at International Deaf Academics Conference in Copenhagen

Rob Wilks presented on “Why Deaf people and equality law don’t get on: developing Deaf Legal Theory” where his precepts of equality are now being applied to national laws.
Research student presents at International Deaf Academics Conference in Copenhagen

Rob Wilks presenting at the Deaf Academics Conference 2017

On 10 August 2017, Rob Wilks attended the Deaf Academics Conference at Copenhagen University, Denmark. The conference was attended by 160 Deaf academics from all over the world. Sessions covered topics such as the increasing number of deaf scholars and its implications for Deaf Studies, exploring social responsibilities within the international Deaf academia network and Deaf Studies scholarship and community discourses on Deaf lives.

Rob presented a parallel session on “Why Deaf people and equality law don’t get on: developing Deaf Legal Theory”. The presentation was very well received, and it was particularly interesting to see how delegates were beginning to apply his precepts of equality to their national laws, and debate how a transformative approach could be manifested in the law to achieve equality for Deaf people.

Rob’s PhD is funded by a College of Arts, Humanities and Law scholarship and he is currently supervised by Pascale Lorber, Lisa Rogers and Loveday Hodson.

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