Conference: Recognition of Sign Languages in the British Isles; Queen’s University Belfast

Translation and Interpreting Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, in association with Action on Hearing Loss and the British Deaf Association, announces a two-day conference to be held in Belfast on 26th and 27th September 2013, to mark the tenth anniversary of government recognition of BSL and ISL in the United Kingdom.


The following speakers have confirmed their attendance:

Mark Wheatley

Jeff McWhinney

John A. Hay

John Bosco Conama

Lillian Lawson


David Buxton

Terry Riley


We anticipate the conference will address some or all of the following themes:

  • Past, present and future of signed languages in the British Isles
  • Recognition of signed languages
  • Use of signed languages in international contexts
  • BSL, ISL and the politics of recognition
  • Rights of sign language users


There will be no charge for conference attendance. All tea/coffee, lunches, and receptions will be provided courtesy of Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s. Numbers, however, will be limited, and you are advised to register as early as possible.


Conference languages are BSL and English, and ISL/English interpreters will be provided.  Please indicate presentation language in your proposal.  Presenters wishing to use languages other than those stated are encouraged to make contact with Sally Gillespie (


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