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D/deaf CAN dance!


D/deaf CAN dance! is a unique, cross disciplinary research project into the value of Queer Tango as a means of enabling D/deaf people to experience music – the story so far…

What is D/deaf?
‘Deaf’ with the capital ‘D’ is used here as the preferred way in which members of the deaf community in the UK refer to themselves; ‘deaf’ on the other hand refers to people who are partially hearing and not linked with the deaf community. This group may prefer to identify themselves by a range of terms including 'hard of hearing'. As noted by the University of Greenwich:

"The term D/deaf is used throughout higher education and research to describe those who are Deaf (sign language users) and deaf (who are hard of hearing but who have English as their first language and may lipread and/or use hearing aids).

D/deaf is often used as a short cut to describe both groups who are similar but not exactly the same when it comes to communication. D/deaf is an example of the different terminology as suggested in the "top five tips for transition" which explains that universities often use different words and terminology from those used in schools and colleges."

What do we want to find out?
Couple_Not_dancing_YetCan D/deaf people experience music and musicality through Queer Tango? And if so...

  • how?
  • what meaning might it have?
  • what value?
  • what benefits does it have?

There are a whole range of issues and opportunities explored here along ‘axes’ such as:

  • woman-man;
  • following-leading;
  • disabled-abled;
  • queer-straight – but ‘queer’ here is more a social and political sensibility rather than a
    sexual orientation as such;
  • and combinations of any of the above.

Find out more about our research here, using the menu to the left.