at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Mary Beth Kitzel


Director, BISC Field School in Deaf Geographies

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD, University of Sussex (Ongoing)

Ms. Kitzel is a lecturer in Human Geography and the Director of the Field School in Deaf Geographies. She is an expert in Deaf Geographies, which has recently emerged as one of the most exciting new areas of Human Geography. Drawing together questions of embodiment, communication, culture and belonging, Deaf Geographies ask what these fundamental building blocks of humanness look like through the eyes of a community who perform their cultural and social geographies in the visual. Field school participants take courses augmented by practical, primary research projects conducted in conjunction with some of the world's leading experts. Ms. Kitzel has performed extensive research in the history of early modern and Victorian English Deaf communities. In summer, 2013, she ran the first Deaf Geographies conference ever, based at the castle.