SignWriting List
March 14, 2013

Hello Rafa -
It would be wonderful if you can come to a SignWriting workshop here in La Jolla this summer… I look forward to meeting you and discussing your research and sharing with you -

Are you attending the TISLR conference in London July 10-13?

You cannot attend workshops at the end of June? If so, what are the exact dates that are good for you in 2013?

Val ;-)


On Mar 14, 2013, at 5:51 PM, Rafaela Silva <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello everyone.

Do you believe that in last week I thought a lot about those kind of workshops - I remembered that I once saw some emails that talk about that. And today, I open my email and see this :) what a happiness!

I would love (a lot!) to join the group. I guess in Portugal won't be easy to get some founding but, if this ideia get real, I will try to.

For me, july will be the best date because at june we still have classes. 

Waiting anxiously for the answers.


Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:19:08 -0700
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Subject: smaller SignWriting Workshop in La Jolla, June 16-29 2013
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SignWriting List
March 14, 2013

Hello everyone -
I just found out from Adam, that he will be attending the TISLR conference in London this July 10th-13th, 2013… So I bet a lot of you are attending TISLR also? I didn't even realize TISLR was this summer ;-)

And if you, Erika, are busy July 20-27, then July seems not a good time - 

It is a lot of work to setup a Symposium - A big Symposium needs more time for planning, but we could have a smaller gathering… a SignWriting Workshop this June, in 2013…. with a smaller number of participants…a more relaxed setting...

How about…

SignWriting Workshops
Taught by Val, Adam and others
June 16th - June 29th

A small group of 1 to 15 people ….We could have more personal time together that way.

If there is only one person, you can stay with me (grin ;-)

But if there is a group, we could find some kind of housing for you - and we might be able to get one classroom - If you all bring your own laptops, we can teach you how to use SignPuddle and various software programs for SignWriting, and you can share your research with us and the other participants...

We could still do the bigger SignWriting Symposium in 2014…

How does that sound?

Anyone want to learn SignWriting with me, in La Jolla, June 16 - June 29?

Val ;-)


On Mar 14, 2013, at 1:24 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I'm unavailable June 2-9 and July 20-27. I'll make any other dates work by hook or by crook. I've been casting around in my mind to think if there are any sorts of funding I could apply for to help make the symposium happen. But they would all require that the symposium be at Oberlin (not useful) or at another of the liberal arts colleges in our consortium (and a good chunk of the other participants would also have to be from the consortium). I'll keep thinking...

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting List
March 14, 2013

Can you give me the dates that are best for you, Erika?

and others too - what dates are good for you all?

June and July are best here because some schools go back to school in August -

Val ;-)


On Mar 14, 2013, at 1:12 PM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

If this happens I will find a way to be there! If it so happens that we can arrange a symposium for this summer I'm all for it (though there is one week in June and one week in July during which I am supposed to be away at other conferences, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that a conflict doesn't arise).

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Valerie Sutton<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting List
March 14, 2013

Hello Claudia and everyone -
I am glad to see interest in the idea of a SignWriting Symposium in La Jolla!

Back in 2005, thanks to the hard work of Kathleen Heylen and so many wonderful people in Belgium & Europe, there was a 2-day Symposium that went very well in Brussels -

First European SignWriting Symposium, Brussels 2005

I attended through Skype a little - I met a few people while they were attending -

I do not travel because of health reasons, so if you all are able to come to La Jolla, which is a beautiful city on the ocean in San Diego, in Southern California (near Mexico)…it would be wonderful - a great place to be a tourist and enjoy the beach etc.

And La Jolla is famous for researchers, such as Carol Padden, Ursula Bellugi, Karen Emmorey, Rachel Mayberry and so many others - There is Salk Institute, UCSD, SDSU and so forth. We might be able to arrange to hold the SW Symposium under the auspices of one of these research labs at the University - so that would be a great way for all of you to benefit talking to other researchers etc…

I would suggest a longer SW Symposium - as you suggest, Claudia - in depth lessons in SignWriting taught by me, Adam Frost, and other skilled Signwriters and teachers too, like yourselves...So we could make it a series of SignWriting courses or workshops over a period of two weeks or a month  - maybe the University could provide a dorm for participants -

What about June - July 2013?

I know in Brazil June and July is your winter time - can any of you come?

How many would like to come? We have no funding - so you all will have to find your own funding to come - if the University can donate the space that will be the first step, and of course we hope you will come over to my home for a party in-between classes - smile -

Anyone seriously interested?

Val ;-)


On Mar 14, 2013, at 4:56 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A simposium in La Jola... that's a great idea! I really hope it will be done!
> Claudia
> PS: please, not during the university lessons period (september-may) because to come from euope a couple of days will not be enought and it's hard to lose more than 1 or 2 lessons :-)

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College