LINGUIST List 21.4208

Fri Oct 22 2010

Confs: Language Documentation, Socioling/UK

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        1.     Imogen Gunn , Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities

Message 1: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
Date: 22-Oct-2010
From: Imogen Gunn <>
Subject: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
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Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities

Date: 10-Dec-2010 - 11-Dec-2010 Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom Contact: Imogen Gunn Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This workshop explores key issues around the dissemination of oral literature through traditional and digital media. Funding agencies, including the World Oral Literature Project's own Supplemental Grants Programme, now encourage fieldworkers to return copies of their work to source communities, in addition to requiring researchers to deposit their collections in institutional repositories. But thanks to ever greater digital connectivity, wider internet access and affordable multimedia recording technologies, the locus of dissemination and engagement has grown beyond that of researcher and research subject to include a diverse constituency of global users, such as migrant workers, indigenous scholars, policymakers and journalists, to name but a few.

Professor John Miles Foley (W.H. Byler Chair in the Humanities; Curators Professor of Classical Studies and English; Director, Center for Studies in Oral Tradition; Director, Center for eResearch and Editor, Oral Tradition) from the University of Missouri has kindly agreed to be our keynote speaker and principal discussant.

Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities: World Oral Literature Project 2010 Workshop

Friday, 10 December

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Introduction

9:45 – 11:30 Panel One

Cultural Bureaucracy and the Manufacture of Ifugao Oral Literature Roger Blench, Kay Williamson Educational Foundation

New Approaches to Orality: The Ecuadorian Experience Jorge Gomez Rendon, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Documenting the Epic Oral Narratives of Uyghur in Xinjiang Uyghur

Autonomous Region, China Rahile Dawut, Xinjiang University

11:30 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Keynote Address John Miles Foley, University of Missouri

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:45 Panel Two

Multimedia Research and Documentation of African Oral Genres: Reflections on Partnership Daniela Merolla, Leiden University

The Performance of Traditional Poetry and Its Avatars Mediated by ICT: The Example of Berber Abdellah Bounfour, Centre de Recherche Berbère

Kumabali Ye Horon Di' (The Person Who Doesn't Speak is Free): On the Social Construction of Copy Rights Jan Jansen, Leiden University

15:45 – 16:15 Tea/Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Panel Three

Recording Oral Tradition in American Indian Communities: Some Basic Considerations Margaret Field, San Diego State University

Stòras a’ Bhaile: Digital Archives and Community-based Language Renewal in the Cape Breton Gàidhealtachd John Shaw & Tiber Falzett, University of Edinburgh

17:30 – 18:00 General Discussion and Logistics

18:00 – 19:00 CRASSH reception (open to all)

19:30 onward Dinner at St Catharine’s College (registration open to all)

Saturday, 11 December

9:15 – 11:00 Panel Four

Digital Archiving of Spoken Language: Changing Data Formats and Continuing Access Problems Thomas Widlok, Radboud University Nijmegen

Archive Access and Accessibility: A Progress Report on Social Networking at Work David Nathan, School of Oriental and African Studies

Multiple Audiences and Co-Curation: Linking an Ethnographic Archive to Contemporary Contexts Judith Aston & Paul Matthews, University of West England

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:15 Panel Five

The Traveling Archive Project Moushumi Bhowmik & Sukanta Majumdar, Independent Researchers

Identity Politics, Cultural Heritage and Technology in Sacred ‘Black Hand’ Valley, Central Altai Carole Pegg, University of Cambridge

Disappearing Horchin Mongolian Narrative Songs Uranchimeg Borjigin, University of Cambridge

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:30 Panel Six

From Shrine to Stage: the Challenges of Archiving Ritualistic Performances with Reference to the Tejaji Ballad of Rajasthan Madan Meena, Freelance Researcher

Challenges of Fieldwork and Documentation: A Case Study of Mudugar- Kurumbar Research Centre, Attappady Sachindev P.S., Mudugar-Kurumbar Research Centre

Tianzhu Mongghul: The Ha Clan Sangjie Zhaxi, Charles University

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:15 Panel Seven

Recording Verbal Art Performances with Handheld Equipment: the Preparatory Phase in Africa Henri Aalders, Voices of Africa Media Foundation

Patronage, Commodification and the Dissemination of Performance Art: The Shared Benefits of Web Archiving Elizabeth Wickett, Independent Researcher

17:15 – 18:00 Summation and Good-byes

18:00 – 19:00 CRASSH reception (open to all)

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