FEAST 2018 Venice


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The seventh meeting of the “Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory” (FEAST) colloquium will take place at the University of Venice on June 18-19-20, 2018.

FEAST is the official conference of the research project “The Sign Hub: Preserving, Researching and Fostering the Linguistic, Historical and Cultural Heritage of European Deaf Signing Communities with an Integral Resource” (2016-2020) funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme (http://www.sign-hub.eu/).

FEAST is a regular forum to discuss formal approaches to sign language grammar (in particular in the generative tradition), experimental approaches to sign languages, and their interaction. 

Invited speakers will be:

Luca Des Dorides (Istituto Statale Sordi di Roma)

PhD in Historical Sciences, deaf, researcher, archivist and librarian at the State Institute for the Deaf in Rome (Ministry of Education, University and Research). His research interests mainly focus on persons with disabilities, with particular regard to the deaf people and the confinement to mental hospitals. He is currently engaged in Oral History in Italian Sign Language projects. He has been in charge of the project for the recovery of oral sources in Italian Sign Language Ti segno la storia with the General Direction of Archives (Ministry of Cultural Heritage) and for the Oral History School in Sign Language with the Italian Association of Oral History (AISO). For the Sign Hub project is engaged in the Task 2.4 – Life stories of elderly deaf signers.

Contact: l.desdorides@issr.it

Carlo Geraci
 (Institute Jean-Nicod)

Carlo Geraci is researcher at the CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris. He is director of the sign language group and member of the Department of Cognitive Studies of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. His main specialization is on the syntax/phonology interface, but his interests in sign language are broader, from formal linguistics to sociolinguistics, language and cognition, and artificial intelligence. He works within both theoretical and experimental frameworks.


Krister Schönström (Stockholm University)

Dr. Krister Schönström is an associate professor at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University. His primary research interests include several aspects within the topic of deaf bilingualism, including questions related to sign bilingualism, acquisition of written languages and sign languages in the deaf. He has also been conducting several projects in sign language test developments aimed at measuring SSL skills in the deaf.

Meltem Kelepir (Boğaziçi University)

Meltem Kelepir is a member of the Department of Linguistics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She has worked on the morphology-syntax and syntax-semantics interface issues in Turkish and in Turkish Sign Language (TİD). 

The official languages of the conference will be English and ASL. Interpreting between ASL and English will be provided.

No registration fee is required to attend the conference, but attendees are kindly requested to register here!


The SIGN-HUB project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693349.