Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #6: The Privilege of Listening First

Constructing ICD #7Following the recent announcement of a new series to be published by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, the sixth issue of Constructing intercultural Dialogues is now available. The goal is to provide concrete examples of how actual people have managed to organize and hold intercultural dialogues, so that others may be inspired to do the same. As with the continuing CID series, Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, these may be downloaded for free. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF.

CICD #6 ParksParks, E. S. (2017). The privilege of listening first. Constructing Intercultural Dialogues, 6. Available from:

If you have a case study you would like to share, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz.

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Intercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Intercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Guest Post by Leila Monaghan

I grew up in New York and worked in the theatre industry in the 1980s. The profound impact of the AIDS epidemic was clear. Death was everywhere. When I returned to school to study Deaf culture I learned of the impact of AIDS on the Deaf community. One of my fellow students at the Gallaudet 1988 summer program was Gene Bourquin, part of the early Gay Men’s Health Crisis buddy network providing support for people with AIDS across New York City. From him I learned how the city’s flourishing gay Deaf community had been massively impacted. He shared the story of an isolated Deaf man in the Bronx he had worked with, his first buddy and one of the earliest to die.

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Leila Monaghan Researcher Profile

Leila MonaghanLeila Monaghan (Ph.D., UCLA) teaches linguistic and cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University.  Her research interests are broad and include the history of Deaf communities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the narrative construction of disability, and the role of Native women in the Plains Indian Wars. Co-edited books include Many Ways to be Deaf, and Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She is also editor of the new journal Language, Culture and History.

Selected publications:

Jarman, M., Monaghan, L., & Harkin, A. Q. (Eds.). (2017). Barriers and belonging: Personal narratives of disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Monaghan, L. (2012) Perspectives on intercultural communication and discourse. In C.B. Paulston, S. Kiesling & E. Rangel (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural discourse and communication (pp. 19-36). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Monaghan, L. F., Schmaling, C., Nakamura, K., & Turner, G. H. (Eds.). (2003). Many ways to be deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Monaghan, L., Goodman, J., & Robinson, J.M. (Eds.). (2012). A cultural approach to interpersonal communication: Essential readings. Malden, MA: Wiley/Blackwell.
Senghas, R.J., &  Monaghan, L. (2002) Signs of their times: Deaf communities and the culture of language. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31(1), 69-97.



Elizabeth S. Parks Researcher Profile

Elizabeth ParksElizabeth S. Parks (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She has degrees in Communication (M.A., University of Washington), Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies (M.A., Gallaudet University), Communication Studies (B.A., Creighton University), Sign Language Interpreting (Iowa Western Community College), and a graduate certificate in Values in Society (University of Washington). She uses her many years of international fieldwork research experience with diverse cultural communities to ground her scholarship in communication ethics, listening, intercultural dialogue, cultural studies, disability studies, and research methods. Embracing a mixed method approach that draws from both social sciences and humanities, her current research focuses on the ways in which cultural diversity and embodied difference impacts perceptions and practices of “good listening” that ultimately promote ethical dialogue across difference. Fluent in American Sign Language, she pays particular attention to the ways that diverse sensory and linguistic experiences impact the ways that we conceptualize and experience listening in our relationships. She has served as a guest editor for Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture and her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Critical Issues in Language Studies, Journal of International Communication, Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, and Organizational Development Journal.



Heidi M. Rose


Heidi M. Rose, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Villanova University, in the US.  Dr. Rose’s work focuses primarily on performance, culture, and identity, in particular understanding performance as constitutive of cultural identity. She has conducted pioneering research in Deaf culture and the poetics of American Sign Language, co-editing and contributing to the first book/DVD on ASL literary theory and criticism. Her research has been supported by grants from Villanova University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. Current interests include autoethnographic solo performance and performance as presence, and her current project examines Jamaican theatre performance and postcolonial identity. Dr. Rose is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of Text and Performance Quarterly, the journal of performance studies sponsored by the National Communication Association.She recently organized and hosted a national performance studies conference at Villanova, Economies and Ethics of Performance—Performance Studies in and as Communication (June 2012).

Publications include:

Rose, H. (2012). Breathing, again. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 8(2), 1-6.

Coonfield, G., & Rose, H. (2012). What is called presence. Text and Performance Quarterly, 32(3), 192-208. Lead article.

Rose, H. (2011). A conversation with Anna Deavere Smith. Text and Performance Quarterly 31(4), 440-448.

Rose, H. M. (2008). Approaching a politics of difference through performance. (review essay). Text and Performance Quarterly 28(1,2), 256-266.

Rose, H. M. (2006). Writing and performing Mirror Image. Text and Performance Quarterly 26, 274-277.

Rose, H. M. (2006). Mirror Image. Text and Performance Quarterly 26,278-296.

Bauman, H-Dirksen L., Nelson, J. L., & Rose, H. M. (eds.) (2006). Signing the body poetic: Essays in American Sign Language Literature. (book/DVD) Berkeley: University of California Press.

Rose, H. M. (2006). The poet in the poem in the performance: The relation of body, self and text in ASL literature. In H-D. L. Bauman, J.L. Nelson, & H. M. Rose (Eds.), Signing the body poetic: Essays in American Sign Language literature. Berkeley: U of California P, pp.130-146.