Author Archives: Mary Beth Kitzel

About Mary Beth Kitzel

I am the founder and director of the Field School in Deaf Geographies. A recent graduate of the University of Sussex, my thesis is titled, 'Chasing Ancestors: Searching for the roots of American Sign Language in the Kent, 1620-1851' and is available at My most recent work is on the earliest charity school for the deaf in England, The London Asylum. The article can be found on the Resources page.

A love song to ‘Landscape, absence and the geographies of love’: Teaching Wylie to First Years.

For a while, in the earliest days of my teaching career, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Sussex and a contract lecturer at Queen’s University (Canada) Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux (BISC). I taught … Continue reading

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A research moment to make me smile

  I enjoy when my areas of research interest incidentally coincide. I am currently working on a research project based in Rochester, N.Y. In order to contextualize the work, I am learning more about local women’s history. Today, I am … Continue reading

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International Conference in Deaf Geographies 2016

The International Conference in Deaf Geographies, 27 & 28 June 2016. Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY Register Today!

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Edmund Booth on Attending Church Services (1880)

This semester, I’m teaching a course on U.S. Deaf History by using manuscripts and primary commentary of major Deaf issues and events by Deaf authors. Last week we discussed the first NAD conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, by looking at the … Continue reading

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Field School in Deaf Geographies 2016

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Pondering Access Technologies.

Yesterday, thanks to my generous dean, I attended a conference at RIT. The purpose of it was to explore and celebrate advancing effective access technologies for disabled people. During one of the keynote addresses, the speaker commented on how new … Continue reading

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Conference Fatigue

I am attending the Association of American Geographers conference in Chicago this week. The conference is the largest gathering of geographers in the world. After the quiet of my CLA basement office, the crowds are overwhelming, so is being in … Continue reading

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