I’m a deaf scholar currently based in Antwerp, Belgium. I have an MA in Disability Studies from Ghent University, an MSc in Deaf Studies from the University of Bristol, and a Ph.D. from the University of Jyväskylä. I am currently affiliated with the Namur Institute of Language Text and Transmediality (NaLTT) at the University of Namur. My research grant is an Incoming Post-doctoral fellowship co-funded by the Marie Curie actions of the European Commission.
I specialize in Deaf Studies and applied language studies, and my research roadmap is 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 have published in a range of different journals including Language Policy, Applied Linguistics Review, The Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Human Rights Quarterly, and have co-edited Innovations in Deaf Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages (Multilingual Matters, forthcoming 2019).
Given my own position as a deaf academic, I’m also interested in how deaf academics navigate academia.
My academic work is informed by my position as an engaged scholar. I see research as a conversation and I try to contribute to conversations about contemporary societal challenges in different ways, beyond their academic contexts. Twitter (@mdemeulder) is one way to do this, as well as being 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.