Mary Edward, McMaster University, Canada/ University of Ghana

Mary Edward is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Language and Linguistics, McMaster University, Canada and a sign linguist with Indigenous Hands. She earned a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Bergen in Norway, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Mary is proactive in researching on signed languages. She is a field linguist with research experience in Ghanaian Sign Language, Adamorobe Sign Language, Nigerian Sign Language, and indigenous Nigerian sign languages. Her research interests include iconicity in sign languages, phonology of signed languages, morphology of signed languages, sign language typology (foreign-based and indigenous sign languages), Deaf Culture, diverse areas of the sociolinguistics of Deaf communities in Ghana and Nigeria, sign language acquisition and multilingualism in Deaf communities She has published several research papers on Sign Language Linguistics, Deaf Culture, Sociolinguistics of Deaf Societies, Multilingualism in Deaf Communities among many others.


Dr. Michiko Kaneko, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Dr Michiko Kaneko completed a PhD in Deaf Studies at University of Bristol, UK. She is currently the Head of the Department of South African Sign Language at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her main research interest is creative sign language (poetry, narrative, folklore, visual vernacular, and so on, performed by [African] Deaf artists) but she also teaches a range of courses in sign language linguistics at Wits University. She is the co-author of the book Introducing Sign Language Literature: Folklore and Creativity (with Dr Rachel Sutton-Spence, 2016).