|Event Name||When transport becomes a destination: Deaf perspectives on the occupation of space, hierarchy and intersectionality in the Mumbai suburban trains|
|Start Date||16th Feb 2018 3:00pm|
|End Date||16th Feb 2018 5:00pm|
Deaf people in the Mumbai metropolis travel in train compartments reserved for disabled people, chatting and exchanging news and information. These spatial practices are facilitated by the peninsular geography and train infrastructure of Mumbai. In order to produce deaf spaces, where deaf sociality and sign language use are the organising principles, deaf people strategically board particular trains and particular compartments, and sometimes remain in the train beyond their original destination. Mobile phones are used to coordinate these meetings. The diversity of people meeting in the train is high, such as with regard to gender, age, religion, caste, class, and divisions are either perpetuated or abated. Because these compartments provide a diverse range of deaf people a space for daily meetings on the way to and from their (mostly hearing) work places and families; they are very important spaces to maintain and expand networks in the wider Mumbai deaf community.