Alexis Karacostas’ Biographical Data



Alexis Karacostas is a psychiatrist and an honorary hospital practitioner. He coordinated the activities of the Information and Care Unit for Deaf people at the Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, one of the eighteen public units presently operating in France. He was also the referring physician of the CRESAM (National Resource Center for Rare Disability on DeafBlindness). Former president of the association GESTES (Specialized Study Group on Therapy and Deafness), he also chaired the ESMHD (European Society of Mental Health and Deafness) from 2000 to 2006. He has co-organized various events in the field of Deaf culture, history and health issues such as the exhibition “the Power of Signs” (Paris, 1989), the Third ESMHD Congress “Deafness and Well-being” (Paris, 1994), the symposium “Deaf People and Health – Mediation in all its aspects” (Paris, 2015). He was the director of the French review “Surdités” (1999 – 2006) and, from 2005 to 2017, co-organized the EHESS research seminar “Deafness and Sign Language : political, philosophical and sociolinguistic analyzers” in Paris.
(December 2018)