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ELAR Occasional Seminar Series


When: 2-3PM, Friday 10 January, 2014
Where: Room B111, SOAS (Brunei Gallery), Russell Square, London ... location information


Teaching Across and With Yale’s Himalayan Collections:
An Experiment in Crowd Cataloguing


Mark Turin

Yale University


Himalayan Collections at Yale emerges from a hands-on collaborative course at Yale University. Led by Dr Mark Turin and co-taught with colleagues from Yale ITG and two Library staff, and made possible by the generous support of a McCredie Fellowship, the course explores Yale’s network of exceptional collections from and about the Himalayan region as well as technology’s role in preserving and presenting or obscuring these collections.

Working with web-based presentation tools and both digital and tangible media, students uncover the material histories and contexts of art objects, photographs, and personal archives, and help to enrich the collections through collective cataloguing.

In this presentation, Mark reports on the opportunities and challenges of using technology to teach with Yale’s collections.

Mark Turin is an anthropologist, linguist and broadcaster. Before joining the South Asian Studies Council at Yale, where he is Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, Mark was a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Mark directs the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project which he co-founded in 2000 as a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online. Mark is the author/co-author of four books, editor of seven volumes including a new series on oral literature, co-editor of the journal Himalaya, and a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment.

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