Yui Leh Timothy Loh
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Timothy Y. Loh

Timothy Loh studies the politics of deafness and disability in Jordan and the broader Middle East and North Africa. In particular, he is interested in understanding how medical rehabilitative technologies that purport to make deaf people "hearing" clash with cultural discourses of Deaf identity that advocate resistance to disability "cures” in the Jordanian d/Deaf community, in addition to exploring how religion serves as a moral rubric for Jordanian interactions with Western biomedicine. He is a doctoral fellow in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School and a member of the VL2 (Visual Language and Visual Learning) Student Network at Gallaudet University.

Before coming to HASTS, Timothy worked as the programs manager at a small grassroots non-profit providing assistance to urban refugees in Amman, Jordan; taught history and Chinese at a boarding school in Madaba, also in Jordan; and coordinated a summer English remedial program for Palestinian refugee youth in Tyre, Lebanon. Born and raised in Singapore, he graduated from an accelerated dual-degree program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, earning the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (Culture & Politics) magna cum laude in 2015 and the Master of Arts in Arab Studies in 2016.



Key words

medical anthropology; deafness and sign language; disability studies; transnational discourses and movements; biopolitics and the state; anthropology of the senses; ethics of intervention; displacement and forced migration; Middle East; Jordan




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