This open letter to the Springer Editors has been emailed to the editors in response to a chapter that included offensive language and highly problematic claims about deaf communities and signed languages…

cc: @SpringerEng @SpringerNature
Thank you to all who contributed, gave feedback and signed, which are too many to be tagged 😳! About 200 signatures. AND over the weekend AND during these apocarevolutiondemic days?!? Wow it’s things like these that keep me working...
Along with sharing the open letter which I hope can be the start of a template of a more general letter that can be re-used in similar cases, which hopefully are few and far between, and thanking everyone who co-signed, I also wanted to highlight a few things…
Work w the signed language communities must be done by or w the communities themselves. I invite the authors to reach out to their local communities, such as work spearheaded by @alimchandani,, an accessible Resource & Innovation Centre of the Deaf, India
There are tons of resources about doing work with signed language communities as well as discussion about how such work should be led by the communities themselves. To start with @SLLS ethics statement (…). (ASL sign "community" from…)
Harris, Holmes & Mertens’ 2009 Research Ethics in Sign Language Communities (ASL version among other chapters and articles, & Manual for Sign Language Work within Development Cooperation ( ... everyone add your preferred ref here!
One of my favorite researchers @BenBraithwaite recently tweeted... “structural inequalities of North-South academia, extractive research methods, inaccessible publication practices, etc are part of the problem, and perhaps part of the solution…
Deaf researchers from the South should be able to forge careers in their own countries, informing research discourses, training, and calling out this crap. The barriers to this are huge & deeply connected to the ways in which academic money and power are hoarded in the North”
That pretty much caps up the very reason why I make sure my work is accessible (online, captioned, alt-text, not overly technical, etc)
As @ThomasPeachLib eloquently said, this is not cancel culture but members of the communities & allies protesting work that shouldn't have gotten past peer-review & “doesn't deserve the time of a published refutation which would elevate it to a category of acceptable discourse”
Thanks everyone for rallying to the cause and I look forward to continued dialogue with you all.
FYI the Figshare link (…) has been updated with an accessible document. Thanks @Krischi for helping me fix some accessibility issues! 🙌
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16 Jan
Appreciative of everyone's mutual dislike and with the support of some of you, I've got a draft in progress for the editors. Let me know if you want me to add you to the letter.
I will send the letter to the editors by Monday morning (January 18, 2021) 10 AM EST. So let me know by then.
Wow blown away by the response... thank you for rallying to the cause. This has been restorative as I worry about other things happening these days. FYI still collecting responses until tmw. Please be patient as I make sure I reply to all.
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Emboxed Discourse Musings. A thread...


Our new normal these days as we’re Zooming means we're living part of our lives in boxes. We’re having meetings and classes and happy hour on Zoom. Our discourse is being shaped by these boxes we’re appearing in, hence...

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From my perspective as a white Deaf sighted woman who uses ASL and teaches linguistics at a university, it’s been amazing seeing our language and communicative practices being shaped (and re-shaped) by those boxes.

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8 Dec 19
Presented "Sign Language Description: A Deaf Retrospective & Application of Best Practices from Language Documentation" for #SSLL2019 I appreciated the space to start a dialogue about how us who work w signed languages can reflect on our research practices
Part of what I discussed included "open access" - sharing information online freely and immediately. In that spirit, I'm creating a thread that outlines my presentation. I will be submitting an article for the journal linked to #SSLL2019 too. So here goes! CAUTION: LONG thread.
I started off introducing myself as a Deaf American woman with some discussion of my life experiences because as noted by many (e.g. @AnneliesKusters & @hildemh) the researcher's effect (including their lived experience, research training/goals, etc) is undeniable. I then Photo of a young Julie smiling at the camera from afar. She's standing in a water-filled installation somewhere on Gallaudet campus.
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