Deaf Studies Digital Journal

Gallaudet at 150: The Past, Present and Future

Released: September 24, 2013


There are few, if any, small liberal arts colleges and universities that have had as lasting an impact on society as Gallaudet University.  As a result from research that pioneered at Gallaudet, the very definition of human languages has changed; as a result from the Deaf President Now Protest, support for the landmark American with Disabilities Act was galvanized.  Whether redefining a fundamental aspect of human nature or influencing the fight to protect human rights, Gallaudet University's impact on society is far greater than its small size.

 Now, 150 years after the founding of Gallaudet, we may reflect on the past, explore the present and speculate on the future of this venerable institution. We are seeking submissions of articles in ASL and English that explore the history, present and future of Gallaudet University and its impact on society.   Articles may focus on particular aspects of Gallaudet history, or they may also engage with questions that concern Gallaudet within the larger contexts in which it exists.

Deaf Studies Digital Journal also seeks submissions from community members, artists, scholars, filmmakers, researchers, educators and degree-pursuing students for the following categories:

Commentary: This category is where scholars, advocates, and community members can express different views on prevailing social issues, especially contemporary issues affecting or influencing the Deaf Community. We welcome commentaries on education, politics, community advocacy work, technological innovations, cultural narratives, and emerging trends. All are subjected to editorial review. 

Literature: This includes storytelling, poetry, drama, essays, creative non-fiction, and performance art. We will also consider works in other sign languages as well as works using gestural communication, and visual vernacular. Literary works will not be translated, unless a translation is submitted by the artist(s). Authors may submit a personal statement along with their creative works that would enable non-signers to gain a point of entry into the texts.

Visual Arts: This includes a variety of artistic genres; photography, painting, drawing, installations, sculpture, web-art, animation. 

Film & Video: Films up to approximately 30 minutes in length are preferable. For longer films, please contact us to discuss possibilities. Categories include documentary, drama, enthographic studies, shorts, comedy, political, social events, avant garde, and experimental films.

Interviews: This category emphasizes the importance of topic; in-depth discussions in different formats, including panel interviews and site specific interviews.

Reviews: Assessment and critical review of books, articles, film, video, art, performances, and other texts of relevance to Deaf Cultural Studies. Should be approximately five minutes in length.
History: Analyses, chronological narratives and more, on topics relevant to Deaf Studies. It can be on films, art, books, photography, private collections, and research studies.

Community: News, announcements, events, including Media Watch and Protest Watch.

For more information on submitting to Deaf Studies Digital Journal, see the website, and look for the "Submission" button.  Questions? Email for answers. We welcome your expression of interest anytime. Starting today!

Articles: Dec 10th 2013 & Feb 21st 2014,  Art: Feb 21st 2014,  Other Categories: Jan 21st 2014 & Feb 21st 2014

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Issue Launch: April 8, 2014

The Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) is a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to advancing the cultural, creative and critical output of work in and about signed languages and their communities. Unlike other journals,Deaf Studies Digital Journal is a multilingual publication featuring work in American Sign Language and English, as well as other international signed and written languages. The Deaf Studies Digital Journal features critical essays in Deaf Cultural Studies, original works of signed literature, visual art, film, video, interviews, reviews, historical sources, and community news. The contributions to this journal will create a body of critical and creative work in Deaf Studies while furthering innovative ways of publishing in signed languages.

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