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Calls: Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics/UK
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Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
Message 1: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
From: Imogen Gunn <ilg22cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
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Full Title: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities
Date: 10-Dec-2010 - 11-Dec-2010
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Imogen Gunn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.oralliterature.org/research/workshops.html
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics
Call Deadline: 30-Jul-2010
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
Call for Papers
When new publics consume, manipulate and connect with field recordings
and digital archives holding linguistic and cultural content, their involvement
raises interesting practical and ethical questions. We welcome proposals that
address some of the following issues:
- What kinds of political repercussions may result from studying marginalised
languages or from working with the custodians of endangered oral traditions?
- How can online tools help ensure responsible access to sensitive cultural
- Who should control decisions over how digitised heritage material is to be
accessed, curated and understood?
- How can researchers remain true to the fluidity of performance over time
and avoid fossilisation in the creation of their digital documents?
- When archives become primary sites for interaction and discussion rather
than static repositories of heritage data, how do relationships between
collections and their users change?
Building on discussions around orality and textuality, we hope that
participants will reflect on the politics of ownership of cultural recordings that
are increasingly born digital or even birthed directly into an archive. We
welcome ethnographers, field linguists, community activists, curators,
archivists, librarians and our project's own grantees to exchange ideas at this
Submission Guidelines and Considerations:
If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please submit an abstract
of no more than 300 words and a short biography, in Word, RTF or PDF
format, to Imogen Gunn (ilg22cam.ac.uk) by Friday, 30 July 2010.
Abstracts will be reviewed and assessed, with notification of acceptance by
31 August 2010.
Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference programme which will
be made available online. Abstracts and presentations should be in English.
Individuals may submit no more than one proposal each. Registration fees
will be waived for participants whose abstracts are accepted and who present
at the workshop, and the costs of two lunches and one dinner will be covered
by the organising committee. Please note that presenters are responsible for
their own travel and accommodation fees.
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