Maartje De Meulder

I am a deaf scholar and currently Honorary Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

I specialize in Deaf Studies and applied language studies. Within Deaf Studies I’m primarily interested in language and communication, and within applied language studies I engage with Deaf Studies theories and frameworks. My research roadmap is broad and interdisciplinary, and inspired by contemporary societal challenges.

Language policy is the major thread connecting most of the dots in my academic work. My broader research interests include sign language rights, sign language maintenance and revitalisation, multilingualism, and sign language interpreting from a socio-political perspective. I’m also interested in policy discourses surrounding inclusive education.

I have published in a range of different journals including Language Policy, Applied Linguistics Review, The Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Human Rights Quarterly, and Translation and Interpreting Studies, and have co-edited Innovations in Deaf Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages (Multilingual Matters, 2019).

My academic work is informed by my position as an engaged scholar. I think that academic impact must go beyond academic contexts. I intensively use Twitter (@mdemeulder) and I am a co-editor at Acadeafic.

I’m also very enthusiastic about supporting other deaf scholars, both students and early career researchers. I think it’s an exciting time to be a member of a vibrant international network of deaf researchers.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Namur (via a “MOVE-IN Louvain” Incoming post-doc Fellowship funded by the Marie Curie actions of the European Commission). I have a PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (department of Languages), an MSc in Deaf Studies from the University of Bristol, and an MA in Disability Studies from the University of Ghent.

I currently live in Antwerp and I think it is the most beautiful city in the world.