CfP: Workshop Doing Reproducible and Rigorous Science with Deaf Children, Deaf Communities, and Sign Languages: Challenges and Opportunities, Berlin, 23 Sept 2019



“Doing Reproducible and Rigorous Science with Deaf Children, Deaf Communities, and Sign Languages: Challenges and Opportunities” will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on 23 September 2019.

Workshop Details:

In the past few years, there has been a renewed push to adopt “Open Science” practices and to address the reproducibility and replicability of scientific findings. These practices are now starting to gain traction in Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, although work with low incidence populations and endangered and minority languages brings with it challenges to successful adoption of these “best” practices.
In a pre-conference meeting before the main TISLR13 conference, we will bring together experienced and new researchers to discuss scientific practices within the fields of Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Studies, including scholars from the fields of Cognitive Science, Education, Sociology and other allied disciplines. Our goal is to learn about current practices within the field that promote transparency and replication, and to discuss potential new models of conducting research that will increase scientific rigor and enhance the quality and impact of our research. The goal is to move toward a set of Deaf-informed, community-appropriate, best scientific practices for our field.
The meeting will be held on 23 September 2019 in the Main Building (Room 2093) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Germany.

The main TISLR13 conference takes place 26-28 September 2019 in nearby Hamburg.

Themes & Issues
At this time, we have some spaces for presenters and we invite colleagues to submit topics for presentations on the following themes:
Corpus sign language linguistics
Neuroimaging studies of deaf people and sign languages
Language acquisition in deaf children
Cognition, language and learning in deaf children and adults

Within each theme we plan to have three short (15 minute) presentations, followed by time for discussion. Discussants will guide these discussions and also lead a larger integrative discussion at the end of the meeting. The following are core issues that we have identified and hope to see addressed during the meeting:
Replication – ensuring that datasets are robust and large enough to ensure replication
Reproducibility – data formats, analysis pipelines and documentation
Data storage and sharing – ethical, resource and financial implications
Infrastructure – research collaborations, data sharing, resource maintenance
Ethics – data protection, identification and involvement of stakeholders, accessibility of research

ASL/English interpreting (with an International Sign flavor) will be provided for this meeting. Presentations should be in IS, ASL, or English in order for them to be accessible to as many attendees as possible. If you have any other requests that would promote your access to this meeting, please email the organizers.

Abstract Submission and Program
Short (150 word) abstracts can be emailed to for consideration. Deadline for abstracts: April 12, 2019.

A preliminary program can be found here.

The Organizing Committee

Matt Dye (
Thomas Geissler (
Geo Kartheiser (
Corrine Occhino (
Christian Rathmann (

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