Japanese Deaf history conference to be held in Shiga Prefecture in November

The Japanese Deaf History Society will hold the 13th Japanese Deaf History Conference in Omi-Yawata City, Shiga Prefecture on November 27-28, 2010.

Kichinosuke Nishikawa was born in the city. He was one of the old principals of the Shiga Prefecture Oral School and aggressively promoted the oral education in the 1930's. He banned the use of sign language even to his deaf daughter, Hamako. She was brought up in the strict oral education as a role model for the Deaf children during the era.

The conference will celebrate the 70th anniversary since his death, stressing on Deaf education from a historical viewpoint as its theme.

Tentative program:
- November 27, Saturday
13:00 opening ceremony
13:30 Keynote speech
"Kichinosuke and Hamako Nishikawa : Their Life and Human relationships"

15:30 break
15:45 Talk Show: "Remembering Kichinosuke Nishikawa and Hamako"
17:00 break
17:30-19:00 research reports

- November 28, Sunday
09:15 research reports
10:45 break
11:00 workshops: "What is a Deaf history group?" to learn the needs of the group and and how to increase membership.
12:30-13:00 plenary session

- Registration fee:
Member: 5000 yen (student: 4000 yen)
Non-member: 6000 yen (student: 5000 yen)

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