Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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dr. H.J. (Anja) Hiddinga

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C5.11
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam
    T: 0205256596
    T: 0652785395

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Anja Hiddinga is Assistent Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and staff member of the ASSR. With a background in Science and Technology Studies, in the past her research focused on cognitive development of knowledge in the clinical sciences (especially obstetrics) and the social construction of notions of health and disease. This line of work will now be concluded with an analysis of the classification of autism.
She also wrote on the development of medical history as a discipline and of particular models of analysis in the medical sciences.
At present, her research is focusing more on deafness and sign language. Deaf people consider themselves not as disabled, but as a members of a cultural minority with sign language as its language. Social and technological changes now affecting the deaf community bring up interesting questions about identity and belonging and the social and individual construction of notions of normality andabnormality. These questions are guiding her new line of research.
Apart from articles and other written texts, Anja Hiddinga makes documentaries and experimnetal films on deafness and sign language.


  • Brenman, N. K. F., Hiddinga, H. J., & Wright, B. (2017). Intersecting Cultures in Deaf Mental Health: An Ethnographic Study of NHS Professionals Diagnosing Autism in D/deaf Children. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 41(3), 431-452. DOI: 10.1007/s11013-017-9526-y 


  • Crasborn, O., & Hiddinga, A. (2015). The paradox of international sign: the importance of deaf-hearing encounters for deaf-deaf communication across sign language borders. In M. Friedner, & A. Kusters (Eds.), It's a small world: international deaf spaces and encounters (pp. 59-69). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. [details] 



  • Blume, S., & Hiddinga, A. (2010). Disability Studies as an academic field: reflections on its development. Medische Antropologie, 22(2), 225-236. [details] 


  • Hiddinga, A. (Author). (2016). Inclusieve samenleving dreigt blind te maken voor eigenheid van mensen met een beperking. SocialeVraagstukken. [details] 


  • Hiddinga, A. (2012). Doof of gehandicapt? In G. De Clerck, & R. Pinxten (Eds.), Gebarentaal zegt alles: bijdragen rond diversiteit en gebarentaal vanuit emancipatorisch perspectief (pp. 88-102). Leuven [etc.]: Acco. [details] 


  • Hiddinga, A. (2009). In memory of Olga Amsterdamska. Medische Antropologie, 21(2), 297-300. [details] 


  • Hiddinga, H. J. (2016). Signing and non signing practices in Dutch elderly deaf people. Abstract from 4S/EaSST, Barcelona, .
  • Hiddinga, H. J. (Author). (2016). The embodiment of conflict.: The prohibition of Sign Language in Dutch elderly deaf people's younger years..
  • Hiddinga, H. J. (2016). Growing old together. Deafness and aging in the context of cutbacks in care..


  • Hiddinga, H. J. (Author). (2012). I Sign, I Live. Stichting Geelprodukt.


  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2014): honorary mentioning documentary over 30 minutes for 'ik gebaar ik leef'.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2014): best documentary at Seattle Deaf Film Festival voor: 'ik gebaar ik leef'.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2014): Best documentary at: 6th ETNOFILm Festival for 'ik gebaar ik leef'.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2013): best documentary for 'ik gebaar ik leef'.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2013): 1. student jury for best documentary and 2. special jury prize ‘group albatros’ for best documentary.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2013): best full length documentary for 'ik gebaar ik leef'.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (2012): 'Ik gebaar, Ik leef'.

Media appearance

  • Hiddinga, Anja (15-01-2016): Interview bij: Tijd voor Max [Radio] Netherlands, Radio 5. Interview bij: Tijd voor Max.
  • Hiddinga, Anja (15-01-2016): Doven als culturele groep [Radio] Hilversum, Radio 1. Doven als culturele groep.

Journal editor

  • Hiddinga, Anja (reviewer) (2016-2017): Woord & Gebaar - Onafhankelijk Dovenblad (Journal).
  • Hiddinga, A. (editor), Pols, J. (editor), Trakas, D. (editor) & van der Geest, S. (editor) (2010): Medische Antropologie (Journal).
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (editor), Pols, J. (editor), Trakas, D. (editor) & van der Geest, S. (editor) (2010): Medische Antropologie (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • Hiddinga, Anja (speaker) (12-11-2016): DOVENGEMEENSCHAP???, Launch website Doof Gewoon, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Hiddinga, Anja (speaker) (2-2-2016): Doofheid, meer dan hoorverlies., Lezingencyclus voor medisch studenten Radboud universiteit. , NIjmegen, Netherlands.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (invited speaker) (24-11-2012): Doof een diability?, Lezing op uitnodiging voor studiedag ‘Gebarentaal zegt alles’, Universiteit van Gent, Gent.
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (invited speaker) (9-6-2012): Deaf Gain: De Schoonheid van Poezie in gebarentaal, Stuy day 'Deaf Gain' lectoraat Dovenstudies, Hogeschool Utrecht.


  • Hiddinga, Anja (organiser) (5-2016): Workshop voor voor professionals in de zorg aan dove mensen (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Hiddinga, H.J. (organiser) (14-1-2016): Public discussion on Deaf people and art, Eindhoven (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Hiddinga, Anja (participant) (19-11-2014 - 18-11-2018): COST meeting Eindhoven (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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