Charting Vanishing Voices: A Collaborative Workshop to Map Endangered Oral Cultures
Friday, 29 June 2012 to Saturday, 30 June 2012
Dr Mark Turin (World Oral Literature Project/Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
A two-day collaborative workshop bringing together university-based researchers, heritage specialists and community organisations to draft and design a web catalogue and online map of existing resources on endangered oral cultures.
There is a growing sense of public and scholarly concern about the future of orally transmitted knowledge in the face of rapid socio-economic change. Linguists have responded decisively to the threatened disappearance of many endangered speech forms by embarking on urgent documentation projects, training a new generation of field linguists, and partnering with members of speech communities engaged in the preservation and revitalisation of their threatened tongues. The anthropological community has now begun to craft its own response to these challenges.
In 2010, with support from the British Academy, researchers at the World Oral Literature Project collated three existing datasets on language endangerment levels with reference to collections and recordings of oral literature in archives around the world. This fully searchable database is now freely available online.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to express your interest in participating.
This event is supported by the World Oral Literature Project, the Vanishing Worlds Foundation and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
In partnership with:
Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt(Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)
On the Website you will find as well link to the World Oral Literature Project run by the Cambridge and Yale University