Disruptions 08: Dr. Jody Cripps / A Journey in Understanding Signed Music

March 22, 2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Making space for different ways of understanding accessibility

CUAG invites you to join a talk and creative exercises by the ethnomusicologist Dr. Jody Cripps. This event is free and everyone is welcome! 

This is the eighth event in CUAG’s “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art” series, curated by Michael Orsini to generate dialogue about contemporary art as a force for challenging ableism. 

We’ll convene on Zoom. You can register here. 

Dr. Cripps will deliver a multimedia presentation on the state of the art associated with Signed Music, drawing on his experience as an academician and performer. Signed Music is an inter-performative art form that has become a new force in the deaf community in recent years.

Challenging the common view that deaf people do not enjoy music due to their disability, Cripps will review works that are musical as expressed through hands and movement, and pleasing to the eyes. 

Thank you Disruptions 08 is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Reesa Greenberg Digital Initiatives Fund, Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School for Studies in Art and Culture, The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, READ Initiative, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, Graduate Students Association and Carleton University Students Association. 

Access This event is held on Zoom. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available. Described video will be available for the music videos.

Disability accommodations Should you have any disability-related requirements, please email Victoria McGlinchey. 


Dr. Jody Cripps is an Assistant Professor of American Sign Language in the Department of Languages at Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Cripps conducted groundbreaking ethnomusicological research in Canada on the creative process and production of a signed music showcase titled THE BLACK DRUM, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts via the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. This first-of-its-kind musical incorporated Cripps’s signed music theories. It was selected as one of ten acts from more than 100 countries featured in a showcase at Clin d’Oeil Festival in Reims, France, in 2019.