Type d'événement, date(s) et adresse(s)Conférence

EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 - Amphithéâtre François-Furet

The life of a new word: Audism. Practices, areas of knowledge, and social change

The life of a new word: Audism. Practices, areas of knowledge, and social change

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The term audism first entered a general dictionary in 2008 with the fifth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary. Following a lively debate hosted in part on the Internet, the editors contacted Tom Humphries and John Lee Clark and together they agreed on a new “two-sense” definition,
which is available in the 2014 online edition:

1. The belief that people with hearing are superior to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
2. Discrimination or prejudice against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This exercise in writing the meaning of the word attests to how problematic our understanding of audism remains, and how the context of the term has changed in the fifty years since it first appeared. This conference aims to offer an opportunity for a reflective analysis of its stakes and scope.

Conference given in ASL, LSF, IS, spoken English and spoken French with interpreters



Organization committee: Sabine Arnaud (CNRS, CAK), Tom Humphries (University of California, San Diego) et Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego).

Scientific committee: Sabine Arnaud (CNRS, CAK), Peter Hauser (Rochester Institute of Technology), Tom Humphries (University of California, San Diego), Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego), Christian Rathmann (Humboldt University), Olivier Schetrit (EHESS, CEMS-PHS) et Soline Vennetier (CRH, EHESS).

Institutional partners: Centre Alexandre-Koyré, University of California San Diego, Humboldt Universität, Rochester Institute of Technology, Collège International de Philosophie, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Programme Handicap & Société (EHESS), Ministère de la Culture - Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France.



Free entrance but online registration is strongly recommended.

Online registration form

Please note that no confirmation email will be sent after your registration.


Practical information

The conference will be held in EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 (Amphithéâtre François-Furet), on July Tuesday 9th (1:00 pm - 6:00 pm) et Wednesday 10th (10:00 pm - 6:00 pm) 2019.

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Accommodation: a special deal (within the constraints of the available accommodation) is dealt with the Hôtel des Mines, partner of the conference. The hotel is a 15 minutes walk from the EHESS conference site and an 8 minutes ride by bus (line 82, station "Bréa / Notre Dame des Champs").

To obtain the special deal, please send an email at this adress and mention the name « Collège international de philosophie - Conférence Audisme ».

Hotel des mines
125 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris