“I never expose them to my sign language!”: Morality in Deaf Tourism

Image: A visitor’s log book at one of the schools for the deaf in Bali listing visitors from England, Italy, the United States, Japan, and Indonesia. By Erin Moriarty Harrelson, 6 February 2019 Note: This blog was later developed into a journal article: “Sign to me, not the children”: Ideologies of language contamination at a […]


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“Waar is de rode draad?”: Anthropologists and Filmmakers Making Deaf Ethnographic Films

By: Erin Moriarty Harrelson 27 September 2018 What is the difference between deaf ethnographic filmmaking and producing documentaries for television and cinema? This question was raised during a filmmaking workshop hosted by MobileDeaf on 17-18 September 2018, attended by the filmmakers from Belgium and London we work with. As a part of its research and […]


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Observing Deaf Tourist Practices in Bali

By: Erin Moriarty Harrelson I have been in Indonesia for about four months now, familiarising myself with Bali, tourism in Bali in general, and the nature of deaf tourism here. This involved going on “ride-alongs” with deaf tourist groups, meeting with deaf tourists individually, as well as meeting with community leaders, tourist guides, and village […]


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What makes a film a “deaf ethnographic film”?

By Erin Moriarty Harrelson,  August 2017 Last week, the MobileDeaf team organised its first reading/film discussion groups at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. These reading/discussion groups are built around themes (about 15 themes over 6 months) and last week’s theme was Ethnographic Filmmaking. Each of us will direct a full-length ethnographic film within the frame of […]


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