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Humanist Archives: March 9, 2022, 6:17 a.m. Humanist 35.579 - events: lecture on world languages

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 579.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2022-03-08 16:50:52+00:00
        From: Martin Holmes <>
        Subject: Public lecture by Dr. Nicholas Thieberger, March 21

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to join us on Monday March 21, 2022 at 2:30pm Pacific
time for the University of Victoria (BC) Lansdowne lecture sponsored by
theHumanities Computing and Media Centre
<> and The Endings Project

/How do we know what we know about the world’s languages?/


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nicholas Thieberger:
Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics
University of Melbourne Director of the Pacific And Regional Archive for
Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)
Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of
Lead Invesitgator in the ARC project Nyingarn, a platform for primary
sources in Australian languages
Adjunct at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, University of Tasmania,
University of Sydney.

There are at least 7,000 languages in the world and a great deal of the
knowledge that is reflected in these languages is at risk of being lost.
While, in the past, this has been a colonial enterprise, only of benefit
to the outsider researcher, more recently there is a change in practice
that focusses on collaboration and partnership with speakers of these
languages. The new challenge is how to provide longevity for their work.

One form of redress is to find and digitise all the records that have
been made, thus preserving them, and to make them available for the
speakers and their communities today. The Pacific and Regional Archive
for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) in 2003 now holds
over 14,500 hours of audio recordings, 2,000 hours of video, in a
collection of nearly 150 terabytes, representing 1,310 languages.

In this talk I will present recent work on visualising what is known for
each language and show how these new methods can be more responsive to
broader community needs.

Link to Zoom Webinar:

No pre-registratrion required.

We look forward to seeing you on screen on March 21.

Best regards from The Endings Project <> team:

Stewart Arneil
Claire Carlin
Emily Comeau
Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins
John Durno
Lisa Goddard
Martin Holmes
Matt Huculak
Janelle Jenstad
Greg Newton
Joey Takeda

/We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional
territory the University stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ
peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day./

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