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.