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Documenting the voices of vanishing worlds 11/30 @ 4pm

Collect, Protect, Connect: Documenting the Voices of Vanishing Worlds

Friday November 30, 4:00 pm
CSSSI, Study Room South, 219 Prospect
Dr. Mark Turin, Program Director,
Yale Himalaya Initiative

The topic of this richly illustrated lecture is language endangerment and cultural diversity. Drawing on over two decades of fieldwork in the Himalayan region, Dr Mark Turin will discuss the challenges faced by small-scale societies whose oral speech forms—and the knowledge systems that they encode—are increasingly at risk of disappearing without record. In the second part of the talk, our speaker turns to the World Oral Literature Project, an initiative that he established to support local communities and fieldworkers engaged in the collection and preservation of all forms of oral literature.

Mark Turin is a linguist and anthropologist who works in the Himalayas. He is Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist at the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He directs the Yale Himalaya Initiative, the Digital Himalaya Project and the World Oral Literature Project about which he will speak today. Visit Mark's website at: http://markturin.commons.yale.edu/

The talk will take place at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), located in the lower level of the Kline Biology Tower at 219 Prospect Street.